Dave continued to push the limits of what the human body could do at the Ironman when he and Mark Allen, on October 14, 1989, had a race for the ages where they were never more than a few feet apart from each other for over 138 miles.
That race is known simply as IRONWAR, a term I coined after having the privilege of watching Dave Scott and Mark Allen simply destroy Dave’s course record, which he’d set in 1986.
Dave went 8:10:13 that day and broke his course record by over 18 minutes. He ran a 2:41:03 marathon, which was over eight minutes faster that his run course record. Mark Allen earned his first Ironman victory the hard way: He beat Dave Scott on the greatest day Dave ever had on the Big Island.
Then, after taking five years off from Ironman because of injuries and attending to the needs of his new family, Dave Scott changed perceptions again by coming back in 1994 at the age of 40 and finished second overall. Two years later, at the age of 42, he added to his legacy by posting a 2:45:20 marathon and running himself into an amazing fifth place overall.
Dave Scott’s personal triathlon journey paralleled the early history of the Ironman Triathlon. His accomplishments on the Big Island of Hawaii led to Dave Scott becoming the very first inductee into the Ironman Triathlon Hall of Fame.