Strand grew up in Birmingham after his parents moved from Canada when he was 6 months old. He is a graduate of Auburn University and completed his graduate degree at UAB, where he also coached the cross-country and track teams. In 2000 he won the USA Men's 10K Championship at the Senior Bowl Charity Run in Mobile. In 2001 he qualified for the US Olympic Trials at the New York City Marathon.
Strand designed the course for the 2003 USA Men's Marathon Championship and 2004 U. S. Men's Olympic Marathon Trials, held during the annual Mercedes Marathon in Birmingham. He ran a mile in 4:00:01 at the Maine Distance Fesitval and, in 1997, became the first Birmingham resident to win the Vulcan Run.
- Brown, Hank (January 2004) "Scott Strand: Behind the Scenes and Center Stage at the Olympic Trials". Running Journal.
- Lear, Chris (November 3, 2002) "Interview: Scott Strand". New York City Road Runners Club.