Tag: Scott Burman

Engel Burman Racing

John: I’m finding that so many readers of Model Citizens and Long Island Journal are on a kind of on a fitness kick. I guess because there is nothing else to do. As a result, the issues are becoming fitness issues, fitness models, and things like that. I am happy to have your story, about you and your team, in Model Citizens because it’s new and exciting. 

I think your story is exciting by the way for everyone who’s going to be reading about it. Just so you know, I almost always put athletes to the test the first time I photograph them and I have to tell you that you really pass that test 1,000%. The way you rode your bike on ice and through two feet of snow in 30° weather.  

Scott: This is nice of you to say and you did have me in that spandex. I was cold!

John: I was freezing, and you even took a fall. For all of those that don’t know who you are and are getting to know you through these interviews, you are a brave soul. You took a dive off of that bike on the ice, I couldn’t believe it! Can you tell me about your team?

Scott: I really appreciate the compliments. So, to answer your question about the team, it’s really a fun kind of passion project for me. We spoke earlier about my background in the triathlons and I kind of played around with it for a while.

John: Some people may be reading about you for the first time because Model Citizens Magazine has a lot of different readers and then the Long Island Journal, can you give us a little bit of background on you?

Scott: Absolutely, I started out earlier on in my sports career as a swimmer. I swam through high school and a little bit in college and tried my first triathlon before I graduated. I was barely finished the first time around but really caught the bug and got into it. I stuck with it and tried and tried again. I progressed to some longer races, like the half iron man, over the course of four or five years. Then I decided it was time for me to get some coaching to see if I could really progress to the next level. I joined with a team and a coach by the name of Jose Lopez. The team is called Long Island Tri Coach, with the acronym LITC. Jose trained me in a very short time to be at a higher competitive level. Then it got fun when I started traveling around the country for a bunch of races on the West Coast, in Vermont and Maine, and then down in Florida and in the islands for a couple of cool events. At that point, I was getting very good at it.

John: What kind of distances were you doing?

Competitive Endurance Athlete Scott Burman

John: I am here as the publisher for both Model Citizens Magazine and the Long Island Journal with Scott Burman. Scott, you have been nominated by Model Citizen for everything that you do for philanthropy and the Long Island community. However, before we get there, I see that you are a competitive endurance athlete for over 20 years. How do you get into competitive endurance sports, and what do you focus on?

Scott: I was a swimmer starting from a young age. I swam through high school and college although I was not a particularly great swimmer. However, I trained high-volume which means my body got accustomed to a high-level training mode. I tried my first triathlon, just as a fitness goal, when I was still in college. It was a local triathlon that runs still to this day every Father’s Day called the Gold Coast Triathlon and is held in Port Washington. I must admit that I barely finished that first race.

John: Well, that is all that counts right?

Scott: Yes, I did it! Absolutely.

John: How long how long was that one?

Scott: It was a sprint race and I’ll just add this as an anecdote, I went back to that race and finished second overall. That was many years later but was my crowning achievement to go from a guy who could barely finish, to a guy who came close to winning the whole race.

John: My father went from smoking five packs of cigarettes a day to running 100-mile races in the desert and 50-mile races in zero degrees. So, if he could pull that off, I think anyone can do just about anything.

Scott: That’s very impressive! That is really what drove me for all these years, the mental aspect more than the physical. I got more into it over about 10 years and then progressed to a half Iron Man. At that point I realized that I was spending a lot of time training, was really into it and thought it may be time to get a coach and a team to see how far I could take this. My head was really in it, so I actually met a local guy named Jose Lopez. Jose became my very good friend and mentor and trained me from an eight-minute run to a sub-six runner in six months.