LRC Featured Runner

Scott Richardson

Scott's background story is not only transformative, but inspiring.  From starting to ride his bike to lose weight, to beating cancer and competing in triathlons, to ultimately completing his first ultramarathon, Scott is an example to all athletes that when you put your mind to something, great things happen.

How did you get into running?

I started in the fall of 2008 after a nearly 40-year hiatus. I started losing weight at 400 pounds or so in 2005 by riding a bike. I beat cancer in 2006 and started riding the bike for a LiveStrong Relay Team in 2007. After another year of that, I decided to join the triathlon people, whom I liked very much. I did a couch to 5K and started competing in 2009 and I did my first IronMan in 2011 and my second in 2013. I had a hip replacement in 2015 and did half IronMan races in 2016 and 2017 before doing my first ultra marathon at Evergreen Lake in fall 2018. I've fallen in love with trails.


What are you currently training for?

Unsure. I plan on short-course triathlons, but I would like to do another ultra somewhere. They've canceled Evergreen lake this year I learned recently, so I am looking for a challenge sometime in fall.


What is your most memorable race and why?

My first IronMan was pretty life-changing two weeks shy of age 60. It was on the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. It was in Madison so the course was incredible and the crowds, especially on the run, were inspiring. The Shady Hollow Ultra at Evergreen was a tremendous day, too. It was as much an adventure race with creek fording and all. Though there were many people doing it, I spent a lot of time alone with nature. Really spiritual.


What are your running goals for the future?

At my age, keeping the legs moving is a great goal.


What is your favorite running route?

I loved Shady Hollow at Evergreen. I love Run the Woods. For training, I live in NW Normal so I run the cross country course at Parkside a lot. To stretch it out I run east over the ISU athletic field to the golf course around it and home. It's pretty easy to get a 10-mile course by stringing it together.


If you had one piece of running advice to offer, what would it be?

Get good shoes and don't overdo.


What else do you do outside of running (hobbies, work, etc.)?

I ride bikes, I freelance write for triathlon magazines, I love reading biographies and autobiographies of endurance athletes and I love spending time with my wife, Kath. We went to the same high school the same year, but we didn't meet until many years later when we both were riding bikes. We've been together 13 years and will be married 11 in May.

Scott before and after.
Scott before and after.
Scott competing in the 2012 Evergreen Triathlon.
Scott competing in the 2012 Evergreen Triathlon.