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Cover Contest Finalist: Scott Perrine

"Scott has given so much to the sport, his love of family, support of fellow athletes and friends, and giving back to his community."

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Scott Perrine (submitted by his friend, Larry Marks)
Age: 49
Location: Tarzana, Calif.
In three words: Loyal, supporting, giving

Scott and I have been friends since high school. He gave me the final nudge to try triathlon. I immediately fell in love with the sport. He has been a resource and support during my short time in the sport. When he nudged me to try triathlon, he promised that if I ever wanted to give Ironman a try, he would be there. Last year we both raced Ironman 70.3 Oceanside.

In 2016, Scott was selected to participate at the Ironman World Championship in Kona. This had been his dream for 14 years.  His family would be there to cheer him on except for Brian, his eldest son. Tragically, Brian took his life some years ago. Scott and his family were able to continue living after this. Triathlon helped him. He has been able to race with the number 417 three times—417 is Brian’s birthday. The third time Scott wore this number was at Kona this past October. Also, he used the Ironman World Championship to raise money for a charitable organization he is involved with, Tu Nidito Children and Family Services. This organization seeks to create a community of acceptance and understanding regarding children in grief.

Scott has given so much to the sport, his love of family, support of fellow athletes and friends, and giving back to his community.