Meet the Members of the XTERRA Hall of Fame
When XTERRA celebrated its 10th year in October of 2005, the founders created the XTERRA HALL OF FAME. Each year on the eve of the XTERRA World Championship in Maui another XTERRA legend will be honored in front of their peers at the night of champions dinner.
DAN HUGO (2016)
At just 31-years-old Hugo is the youngest athlete ever inducted to the Hall, but you’ll have to put that in perspective by noting he was just a teenager when he did his first XTERRA back in 2004 at the inaugural XTERRA South Africa Championship.
He finished 3rd that day and over the next 11 years finished in the top 5 over 70 times. Among those podium positions was an agonizing 22nd runner-up finishes, certainly more than he’d like to talk about, but he also won his fair share with 15 majors championship wins.
And talk about leaving on a high note, in his last two years – 2013 and 2014 – he did two dozen XTERRA races on six continents and during that stretch won races in eight countries including the prestigious XTERRA Asia-Pacific Championship in Australia.
CONRAD “THE CAVEMAN” STOLTZ (2015)
The most decorated XTERRA triathlete of all-time, Conrad “The Caveman” Stoltz from South Africa, became the 10th inductee into the XTERRA Hall of Fame at the Night of Champions dinner in Maui last night.
The reception he received was goose-bump worthy … a well-deserved standing ovation from an adoring crowd. His acceptance speech was equally memorable.
“XTERRA has been an integral part of my life,” said Stoltz, holding back tears. “We always talk about XTERRA being family, and it is. It really is. What Tom and Dave and Julie created is simply amazing, and I’m beyond grateful.”
Stoltz collected an unprecedented 53 career championship wins and seven world titles (4 from XTERRA and 3 from ITU) in his illustrious 15-year career.
As impressive as his credentials are, he is more beloved worldwide for his warm smile and welcoming demeanor than his fearless downhill skills.
NICOLAS LEBRUN (2013)
Nicolas “The Professor” Lebrun was inducted into the XTERRA Hall of Fame at the Night of Champions dinner at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Saturday.
XTERRA first met Lebrun more than a decade ago. He had already made a significant impact on multisport – a World Champion duathlete and two-time World Champion Winter triathlete.
The native of France crossed the Atlantic and landed in Richmond, Virginia for his first XTERRA race in 2001. He finished 3rd behind another, first-timer – Conrad Stoltz in 2nd, and Canada’s Mike Vine in first.
It was the start of something big for him, and for XTERRA….The following year he returned to Richmond and scored his first XTERRA win – interestingly, every time he made the trans-Atlantic crossing, he arrived minus his bike or his luggage, or both…and it became a signature and symbol of “good luck”.
JAMIE WHITMORE (2012)
Jamie “J-Dawg” Whitmore was inducted into the XTERRA Hall of Fame at the Night of Champions dinner at the Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua on Saturday.
Whitmore’s XTERRA career was kick-started at the “Crown Jewel” XTERRA Saipan Championship race back in 2002 when she upset the reigning world champ at the time, Anke Erlank.
Over the next six years she won 37 championships in a dozen different countries, including the XTERRA World Championship in 2004. She is still today the most successful female pro the sport has ever known.
Her accomplishments in the sport, however, pale in comparison to her achievements in life. That she is an XTERRA Hall of Fame athlete is undisputed…how she evolved into a Hall of Fame human being – now that’s the stuff of legends.
Before she was diagnosed with cancer in 2008 she had already founded her own charity – Jamie’s Race for Research – which raised funds for Huntington’s Disease. She spoke to church groups, XTERRA Groups, was a coach, a mentor, and a hero to so many.
That was BEFORE cancer. When she got thrust into the fight of her life, a life-or-death battle, her true colors shined through.
Cancer got some good shots in, but she kicked it’s a*! Whitmore powered her way through unrelenting pain, numerous setbacks and rehab and is now cancer free.
And perhaps the most miraculous part of her story is she gave birth to twins boys – Christian and Ryder, in January, 2010, despite doctors warning that radiation therapy meant she’d never have children.
She was told she would never ride or run again either – let alone compete in triathlon.
Not true. Swimming was part of her rehab. And, with the aid of a brace she is biking and adds crutches for running. She returned to XTERRA racing last year at the Pacific Championship in Santa Cruz and Nationals in Utah. This year she competed at the XTERRA Guam Championship, the legendary Leadville 100 MTB race, and reignited her Olympic dream by winning the National Championship Time Trial for C-3 category Paracyclists.
For all that she has accomplished in XTERRA, and in life, we honor Jamie Whitmore as the newest member to the XTERRA Hall of Fame.
SCOTT SCHUMAKER (2011)
Scott is perhaps THE pioneer of XTERRA racing. He could race, and he could write with the best of them.
He was part of the inaugural class of one hundred and twenty three who started the first XTERRA (or AquaTerra as it was then know) in Wailea in 1996 – and he took 4th behind some of the biggest names in the sport – Jimmy Riccitello, Mike Pigg and Ned Overend.
In the first four years of XTERRA, he was a factor in just about every race…and introduced the sport to the triathlon world by writing about his experiences for industry magazines. His race reports were irreverent and often hilarious, introducing technical terms such as “Umpa-lumpa” to the sport. For years, he wrote monthly columns in two leading triathlon magazines, one under a nom de plume…the other under his real name. He made sure that XTERRA became well established in the multisport media.
When his XTERRA racing career came to a close in 2002, managing director, Dave Nicholas likened him to Dan Marino – the all-star quarterback that never won the big one.
Hall of Famers leave their mark on XTERRA but sometimes XTERRA leaves its mark on them. The longest running XTERRA Point Series race XTERRA GatorTerra named a section of their course “Schumaker Hill” after he took a nasty spill that left him with a few scars.
We’re proud to introduce you to 2011 XTERRA Hall of Fame Inductee – Scott “Schufly” Schumaker.