Scott and Sarah McMillan will compete in their first International Triathlon Union World Championship when Penticton hosts the Multisport Festival Aug. 18 to 27. The McMillans are competing in the cross triathlon. Submitted photo

Couple ready to battle in Cross Triathlon

Scott and Sarah McMillan are competing in their first ITU World Championship in Penticton

The couple that races together, stays together.

At least that rings true in the McMillan household. The Penticton couple will compete against other age group athletes in the International Triathlon Union (ITU) Multisport World Championships Cross Triathlon (1.5 kilometre swim, 31-km bike and 8-km run) on Aug. 23. And, they will do it with a competitive fire burning between them.

“We have a little bit of a fun competitiveness between us,” said Sarah, who recently competed in Xterra in Canmore, finishing the 1,500 m swim, 26-km bike and 10-km run in three hours 18 minutes 33 seconds, good for 50th place. “We always joke about it. Really it’s more just being out there together. It makes it even more special. (We) push each other, just see how far we can go. The reality of having a family and working full-time, and being able to do this, is pretty special.”

Sarah wants to beat him, but lets out a hard laugh in the same breath and states she doesn’t really think it will happen.

“Being the guy in the relationship, I can never let my wife beat me,” said Scott, admitting that Sarah nearly did once. “There is that competition within the household.”

When it comes to devoting time to training, they help each other out by taking turns taking care of their two kids, aged four and seven. Scott said he wouldn’t be doing this if it were not for his wife who talked him into it. He has been busy over the last three years building the Xco Tech Inc. business. He also hasn’t raced in five years. After competing in Ironman races and the Kona World Championship twice, he is looking forward to competing in a world-class event again.

“That whole atmosphere, the few days leading up to it, that morning, I like that excitement,” he said. “It’s pretty cool that we both get on this national team.”

It will be the first time for both of them to compete in a world championship race.

“I always wanted to have a national uniform. Now it’s pretty fun to actually do a race in a national kit,” he said. “The big thing too is our kids get to see the both of us race.”

Sarah loves the idea of racing in their hometown.

“If we could just ride our bikes down from home to the start of the race, is just the best thing ever,” she joked. “You have the local crowd. All your friends are out there racing too, supporting each other. You can’t beat that. I love that. Ideally I would like to win gold in my age group (45 to 49). That’s what I’m going for.”

Just Posted

Photos: West Bench Elementary Christmas Variety Show

Penticton schools are in full Christmas mode with their annual concerts

Penticton man pleads guilty to creating a chid porn forum

Tyler Walker was instrumental in creating a forum online and was involved in moderating others

Accident blocks traffic

Accident in Penticton on Duncan Avenue

Donate your parking fines to 100 Homes

Parking tickets issued for the remainder of the month are now payable to the housing initiative

Quiet time for Santa at OSNS

Quiet Santa visits the child and youth development centre again this year.

VIDEO: Average Canadian food bill to rise by $348 in 2018

Atlantic Canada and B.C. will see the most increases for consumers

Star gazing: Mars – the Red Planet

Mars is part of our culture, currently of extreme scientific interest, and sufficiently like Earth

More than 20,000 pounds of garbage removed from riverside homeless camps

Two camps taken down last week on the banks of the Fraser and Chilliwack rivers

Suspect in Revelstoke standoff killed himself: RCMP

Mohammadali Darabi, suspect in the Calgary homicide of his roommate, was stopped in Revelstoke

Clinton visits Vancouver, applauds Trudeau, celebrates Democrats’ win in Alabama

Clinton told crowd she cheered when Prime Minister Justin Trudeau appointed the country’s first gender-balanced cabinet.

VIDEO: Salt Spring Islanders ferry piano to their floating home

Everyone enjoys a little music on the water, but not everyone has a piano on their boat

Bomb detonated in Kamloops neighbourhood

Kamloops RCMP are investigating after an improvised explosive device was detonated Wednesday morning

No More Shootouts: Strong defence will be Canada’s backbone at world juniors

Head coach doesn’t want a situation where a hot goalie or a lucky bounce can determine a team’s fate

Proposed snowmobiles along Sicamous roads concern RCMP

RCMP, ICBC and province not yet on-board with proposed off-road bylaw in the B.C. Interior

Most Read