One of our primary goals of starting this business has always been to build up a community of likeminded people stoked on good nutrition and pushing personal limits. Though still very early in on this venture, our community is growing day by day, person by person. We couldn't be more thrilled to be partnered with team VooDoo Endurance out of Bend, Oregon, as what they represent both in sport and life are so closely aligned with our values.
Read below to learn a bit more about VooDoo Endurance, who they are, what they do, and what you can expect to see from them out at the races this year (and beyond).
Answers by Scott Wilcox, Team Director
Can you give an overview of VooDoo endurance? When, how and why did it come about?
Voodoo Endurance is a multisport team, but really much more than that. In addition to Triathletes and XTERRA athletes we have competitive runners, vertical runners, track cyclists, MTB racers, and long distance marathon cyclists. I think most teams of any kind think of team goals first, obtained through the efforts of the team members. We see that the opposite way. We are a team that was established to help our members achieve their individual goals first, because overall those results, obtained with Voodoo Endurance as a support organization, are what make us a team. The partners in Voodoo Endurance, Adrian Reyes, and Scott Wilcox have both been successful business owners and look to our team as a vehicle to give back to our communities, promote healthy living, and enhance sports and participation in general.
Voodoo Endurance was the brainchild and vision of our founder Adrian Reyes. Adrian envisioned having a team that consisted first with good citizens, dedicated to their friends, family, and community first, and their athletic endeavors second. A team filled with members you would be proud to have as friends, brothers and sisters, and who would always be good ambassadors to the sport and the people around them.
Compared to most "multisport" teams, you guys have a pretty eclectic mix of athletes, what do you attribute that to? What do you think it brings to the team?
The team was founded around a mission statement. “VooDoo Endurance is a collection of diverse athletes sharing a common passion for personal growth, athletic achievement, and service to our community, friends, and family”. With that as a clear message in seeking out members we have found it to be a breath of fresh air that athlete are drawn to. In addition to that our philosophy of helping our athletes achieve their goals as mission one has drawn team members to us. Through that we have amassed this great group of individuals. We are always looking for new members and will continue to grow given that this is a message and a philosophy that people want to be part of. Adrian and I are very proud of that.
You guys are based in Bend, when I think of Bend I think of mountain bikes and outdoor sports (and beer) - how do these two things factor into the culture of your team?
Bend Oregon is about healthy living. High in the Cascade mountains, right on the edge of the desert, Bend offers a variety of summer and winter sports opportunities that are unmatched. I like to think of Bend as Boulder without the pretention or the attitude. Regular folks, doing great things. Bend has been an incubator for great sports businesses like Zealios Skin Care, Hydroflask, and many others. We think that everyone has the potential to be a hero. With the right help, in the right place, anyone can make that happen. We think that Bend is the right place, and oh yes, the beer. How could you not like being in a community with 20+ Microbreweries producing incredible beer and exporting it to the world!
Really not too many triathletes spend time on dirt, aside from maybe the occasional trail run or hike. What do you think riding dirt brings to your athletes, and could bring to other triathletes as well?
I see MTB riding as bursts of power split up with extreme focus on the task. An individual time trial on a course where rocks, bushes, and trees can reach out and grab you off of your bike at any time and give you a very bad day. Mountain bike riding makes everyone a more focused, skilled, stronger, and more confident rider. It’s you against the trail 100% of the time and the trail can be very unforgiving. All triathletes could benefit from this form of “cross training”.
Although you are a Bend based team, you have athletes in CA and internationally as well - how did this come about?
Adrian and I are Bend residents, and have many friends and associates here but Adrian is from California’s Central Valley and still has businesses there. His friend network there is large so we have nearly as many members in that area as we do in Bend. Our International team members have more or less sought us out. As I mentioned earlier, Our philosophy and mission is something people are drawn to. We have team members in the USA, Panama, Brazil, Estonia, Italy, and Australia and I see interest from athletes in other countries almost daily.
What are any big goals for the team in 2018?
We had many great podium finishes by our athletes in 2017 and obviously we want to up that total in 2018. We had two members qualify for Ironman Kona, and five members qualify for the XTERRA Worlds in Maui. We would like to see those number jump by 50%. One of our team members, Tomas Mundarain is attempting to qualify for the 2020 USA Olympic Team in track cycling. We are going to do everything in our power to help him make that happen. We are also tentatively entering a women’s team in the 2018 Tour of Panama in support of one of our team member, and former Panamanian National Champion, Emma Jorge. We have very big goals!
Where do you see the team going within the next few years?
Adrian and I are not in this for recognition or profit. We think our team, it’s goals, and philosophy are a breath of fresh air in sports. We will continue to attract additional members by helping them achieve their individual goals, which will raise our stature as a team. We are looking to attract a title sponsor for 2019 whose support will be passed through directly to the members then, and in to the future. We are the kind of sports team that businesses want to be associated with. Great people, doing great things, in a superior environment. We are helping people “Find Their Magic”.
Why are you stoked on Field Work Nutrition?
We are a young, and aggressive team focused on our mission, to help great people, achieve great results. In my view that pretty much sums up Field Work Nutrition. That is what I believe makes us perfect partners now and in to the future. We believe as a team working together the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. We are both on the ground floor of some great things and look forward to achieving those goals together.
Anything else you'd like to add about you, the team, or any other subject - the floor is yours.
As a business owner you know that building an organization is endless work. When you think you have one job done, you find two more jobs to do. It’s unrelenting and never ending but the potential success is the end reward and makes it worth it. The rewards for Adrian and I hope for will be seeing our team members proudly standing on their respective podiums with tears in their eyes after their races, to potentially see one of our members on the US Olympic Team, and at the end of the day, to say we helped make our communities, and the lives of our friends, families, and team members better. When I look back on my own life, there are three people I can credit for helping me achieve the success in life and business that I have been fortunate to enjoy. Without them I would be an entirely different person today.
My personal goal is to be that person in someone’s life and do that through the team. We are looking forward to saying this now and into the future, “Voodoo Endurance, Powered By Field Work Nutrition”.