Editor’s Note: Each week we publish an interview with the SMBA ’14 Student of the Week. The winner of the Student of the Week (awarded by the previous winner) sits in the front row of class and proudly displays a flag of his or her choice on the famous Tez statue. Our very own Olympic hopeful Scott Bauhs is the latest winner after a week of fantastic contributions in class.
Johnson Tran: You are the only professional athlete in the cohort and have provided a lot of great insight about your running career in class discussions. Can you tell us how you developed your passion in running?
Scott Bauhs: My community has a local road race every year called The Primos Run for Education (Primos being a local pizza place) and the local school kids are heavily encouraged to run the race since the proceeds go back to the schools. I did well for my age group and grew a great affinity for cheap pieces of metal attached to ribbon. I dragged my dad out to run more local races in an effort to acquire more medals (often by virtue of being the only kid there in my age group). In my early days, while being one of the fastest kids in school, I was hardly a star on a national level. I liked racing and beating other kids, but I would rather skateboard than train. It wasn’t until the later years of high school and then especially in college that I grew a true affection for all aspects of the sport by training twice a day and seeing my true potential. Now there’s no turning back.
JT: You wrote a moving blog post about how the running community will be stronger, not weaker, as a result of the tragic events at the Boston Marathon. I totally agree (Boston will be strong as well!). In what ways will the running community become stronger?
SB: The running community has seen a massive boom over the past few years with huge races everywhere selling out and doing so faster than ever. That said these races tend to be highly fragmented operating as independent silos. Hopefully the events in Boston make races and clubs realize that we are better working together while competing against each other. Competition is great, but some races have natural synergies (IE NYC Half Marathon in March and Boston Marathon in April) but the race organizers are often inclined not to work together to take advantage of the synergies. If the horrible attacks in Boston have any effect on the running community hopefully it will be to teach us that we runners have a lot more in common than we may care to recognize when we are trying to be the best.
JT: What was it like being endorsed by Adidas? It must have been great representing a well known sports apparel brand and (assumingly) getting a lot of perks on a consistent basis.
SB: Signing an endorsement deal was truly a dream come true. Being paid to do what I love was obviously the biggest perk and being able to afford living part of the year in Mammoth Lakes, part of the year in San Diego and part of the year in Europe is something I still can’t believe. Of course having a budget in my contract to get sports massages and receiving thousands of dollars of free clothes each year was nice as well. It is simply ridiculous how awesome it is. Of course all good things come to an end.
JT: What is the “Scott Bauhs Plan”? That is, what would you like to do after this program?
SB: “The Scott Bauhs Plan” changes on a fairly regular basis but two things remain the same. I would like 1. Graduate and 2. Dedicate the time after graduation until the next Olympic trials toward the goal of running in Rio. Beyond that I would like to do whatever possible to improve the plight of fellow Olympic hopefuls. During Cristi Zuk’s goal writing exercise, I wrote that I would like to add $1 million into the sport of distance running as my 10-year goal. Hopefully while doing this I manage to find some money to pay my own bills as well.
JT: Now, for the newest avid runners in San Diego, do you have any recommendations for good running areas in the city?
SB: Mission Bay Park and Balboa parks are great. For those a bit north Penasquitos Canyon and Lake Miramar are good, and south of here are Bonita Golf Course and the land around the Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista.