Our mission

Since 2014, we have provided relevant opportunities for transformative training, education, resources, community, and advocacy for enhancing active and resilient lifestyles of quality health and wellness for physically challenged individuals, their caregivers, and those who serve them.

This is fostered primarily through recreational & competitive swimming, biking, and running pursuits and events as well as relatable coaching, which proliferates empowering self-esteem, resolve, and resilience.

Our foundation was founded in the fall of 2022 to continue changing lives and enhancing opportunities for adaptive athletes.

We are honored to advocate in the athletic abilities and the daily lives of this awesome community. So it is with purposeful intention that we maximize impact through optimum staff to athlete ratio. This stimulates a balance of education and application. Our priority is on making a difference with the athletes, rather than making a splash with numbers.

The athletes we serve include limb differences, amputees, spinal cord injuries, vision impaired, traumatic brain injury, cerebral palsy, Usher syndrome, spina bifida, and PTSD. Many are beginners trying the sport for the first time.

From within personal coaching and our camps, we have had athletes go forward from novice level to podium at National Championships, qualify for Worlds, and complete the Ironman World Championship in Kona.

Our JOURNEY

2012

Scott Bennefield began his journey as a full-time certified USAT and USAC coach under the mentorship of USAT Level 3 coach elite Brian Grasky at Grasky Endurance Coaching.

2014

From a passionate calling to meet the growing need of adaptive athlete opportunities, Scott expanded his professional coaching horizons by serving paratriathlon athletes and being an enthusiastic advocate.

2016

Scott served as assistant coach at two paratriathlon camps. Later in the summer, his adult daughter, Whitney, narrowly survived a life-changing, near fatal vehicle accident in Denver, CO. Scott was personally impacted by this significant journey during her miraculous recovery. It also impacted him as a coach as he can now truly identify with those who struggle with adaptive and other life altering hinderances in a much more personal way. This life experience fueled his passion to advocate for adaptive athletics even more.

2017

Scott was in the inaugural class of USAT Paratriathlon Coach Certification. Since no one organization or leader has a “complete package” to offer, he began to strategize how he could contribute to the education and sustainability of getting people into the sport. He appealed to other certified paratriathlon coaches to collaborate in developing camp opportunities.

2018

In August, he developed and produced our first camp in Denver, CO. Along with coach Liesl Begnaud, we launched this inaugural camp with seven athletes.

2019

Scott joins Ryan Bolton and the coaching group of Bolton Endurance Sports Training as a Master Coach. In the spring, as an invited presenter at the Endurance Exchange/Triathlon Business International conference, and the USAT Race Directors Summit, Scott shared his vision to be more inclusive and grow the sport through a strategy called “The Texas Triangle”. The strategy is to 1) host perpetual paratriathlon camps in the Dallas, Houston and Austin/San Antonio areas and 2) create single day clinics in the region (ABQ; OKC; Little Rock; Baton Rouge) as feeders paths towards the camps in the Texas locations and furnish an easy on-ramp to participation. This first took shape as he initiated and developed a successful collaborative camp event in October in Houston, TX.

2021

Camp in Dallas TX was hosted by the very adaptive friendly campus of University of Texas at Arlington in late summer. Coach Stacee Seay and assistant coach Rachel Jackson served on our staff. Two of our campers would go on to race and podium at Nationals the following year.

2022

We held camp in Dallas, TX in July where we had twelve athletes attending of all levels of ability and experience. We saw how this community can really come together for each other in amazing ways of support.

2023

Our Dallas camp had to be rescheduled from August to October due to extreme weather conditions. Our ten athletes and super volunteers from Frisco Triathlon Club adapted, and it was very successful and impactful.

2024

In April, we will be adding camp in Austin, TX that will feature the inaugural Para Endurance Adaptive Triathlon. This will be the first ever USAT sanctioned race that is for adaptive athletes only. We plan to expand our camps and races to other locations in collaboration with like-missioned organizations.

About Scott

Scott Bennefield is the man behind Para Endurance Coaching. He exemplifies what it means to have the ‘essentials’ as well as the ‘credentials’. 

As it has been said many times about vehicles, running shoes and even Indiana Jones says about himself, “it’s not the years, it’s the mileage”. 

Scott’s personal journey is comprised of over 40 years as a pastor; over 30 of those years in competitive endurance sport; multiple finishes at Ironman 140.6 and Ironman 70.3 distances; over a decade as a certified coach; he is a 3 time cancer survivor and recent caretaker for his daughter. 

These and much more authentic life endeavors have provided a rich experience of success and failure in getting to the finish line. With all this mileage of life, it has forged in him a blend of empathy, patience, competency, insight, and the wisdom needed for a healthy and prosperous coach/athlete relationship.

USA Certifcations

  • USAT – Level 2 Certified Coach (since 2012)
  • USAT Paratriathlon – Level 2 Certified coach (since 2017)
  • Paratriathlon & Level 1 Race Director certified (since 2020)
  • US Masters Swim – Certified coach Level 1 & 2 (since 2017)
  • USA Cycling – Level 3 – Certified coach with Distinction (since 2013)

Training

 

  • Training Peaks Certified – Level 1 (since 2017)
  • TRX – certified instructor (since 2012)
  • PARA Endurance Camps – Dallas / Austin / Denver – Founder & Director (since 2018)
  • Catapult Paratriathlon Camp (Houston, TX) – Initiator, Designer & Head Coach (2019)

Highlights

  • Paratriathlon Consultant (since 2016)
  • Master Coach – Bolton Endurance Sports Training (since 2019)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine –

Certified Personal Trainer (since 2016)
Fitness Nutrition Specialist (since 2019)
Performance Enhancement Specialists (since 2019)