2012 HALL OF FAME INDUCTEE
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.