A year ago at this time, Scott Schumaker was a retired triathlete who was about to be inducted into the XTERRA Hall of Fame.
Fast forward to today, and Schumaker is about to make a return to competition at the XTERRA World Championship at Kapalua, Maui. This time, he's bringing friends with him, and they'll be competing collectively for a greater cause.
Schumaker, an XTERRA professional in the late 1990s and early 2000s, is now the chief operating officer of Bright Antenna Records. He will compete as an amateur racer in the men's 40-44 age group at the XTERRA World Championship, which is scheduled for October 28. Five other employees of Bright Antenna will compete in the XTERRA Kapalua Trail Runs, which will take place on October 27, also at Kapalua, Maui.
Each of the six employees is racing to raise money for The Road Recovery Foundation.
"We've been involved with Road Recovery for a long time on a personal level, longer than we've had the record label," Schumaker said. "We've watched the organization grow. We've seen the amazing positive, sometime life-saving effects their music-based programs have on teens and young adults working to overcome addiction and other life challenges. As passionate music lovers, and from having witnessed firsthand how well their programs work, it's been a no-brainer from day one."
Schumaker's return to the XTERRA Worlds on Maui actually started last year. His wife, Tiffanie, kept the Hall of Fame induction a secret, somehow getting him to believe that a trip to Maui would be a great vacation. After his surprise at the Hall of Fame dinner, he raced on the championship course at Kapalua the next day, despite not being in top shape. "That, uh, sucked," he said with a grin.
He vowed to train for a year so that he could compete again at Maui in 2012. "Resolving to do the race this year led to using it as a fundraiser," he said.
Schumaker participated in the very first XTERRA championship event in 1996 - then known as AquaTerra - and helped promote the sport as a feature writer for various magazines. He "retired" from competition in 2003 to focus on his career in the music industry.
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