Bradley-Cox, McGillivray, Scott Honored in Colorado Springs
January 15, 2011 (Colorado Springs, CO) – In a ceremony that fittingly honored a cross section of the multisport community, three individuals who helped mold the sport of triathlon into what it is today were formally inducted into the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame Saturday at The Broadmoor.
Nearly 200 friends, family members and multisport dignitaries gathered in what inductee Susan Bradley-Cox labeled “a celebration of a spirit and a sport that has brought us all together.” The event honored the third class of the Hall of Fame: Bradley-Cox, arguably the world’s most decorated age group triathlete; highly regarded race director Dave McGillivray; and six-time IRONMAN champion Dave Scott.
With an age-grouper, a race director and one of triathlon’s most distinguished names among the inductees, a true representation of the sport was recognized by the sold-out crowd.
“This is quite an honor, and I think it’s not just the physical skills that I had as an athlete when I was racing, but it really encompasses people that I have shared my life with in triathlon over the years, as a teacher and as a coach,” said Scott, who brought the bike he rode to capture his first IRONMAN championship in 1980 to the ceremony.
Scott (Boulder, Colo.) is best known as the winner of six IRONMAN world titles between 1980 and 1987. He came out of retirement to place second at the 1994 IRONMAN World Championship at the age of 40 and is currently coaching athletes ranging from age-groupers to elites. Scott’s father, Verne, is also a member of the USA Triathlon Hall of Fame.
Scott’s talk focused on the four traits that he feels fueled his success: passion, risk, faith and a sense of humor.
Like Scott, Bradley-Cox also was honored by her selection. “It’s a very overwhelming experience for me,” she said. “I’m flattered and honored to be here with such distinguished people in our sport.”
Bradley-Cox (Lexington, Ky.) owns 11 national titles and 11 ITU world championships. She is the only athlete to be a member of Team USA at every ITU Age Group Olympic-distance World Championship contested – from 1989-2010.
While he first made his name an accomplished endurance athlete, McGillivray, who has run an estimated 140,000 miles in his lifetime, is proud to join the Hall of Fame as a race director. “Retrospectively, looking back, to be inducted as a contributor, as an event director, it makes me feel even more proud because people like myself give other people the opportunity to be able to be in events,” he said.
McGillivray (North Andover, Mass.) served as race director for his first triathlon in 1982 and has gone on to direct more than 150 multisport events since. He currently serves as the race director for the Boston Marathon.
The USA Triathlon Hall of Fame was founded in 2008, and this year’s class brings the total number of inductees to 13.