He won't be in the Guinness Book of World Records, but Chilliwack triathlete Scott Curry can still take solace in a first-place finish at last weekend's Challenge Penticton ironman triathlon. Curry, a local chiropractor, rode the 180-kilometre bike leg for a team of three athletes competing in the event.
The team-which included runner Blaine Penny and swimmer Sean Penhale-had received notice from Guinness that a time of less than eight hours would be considered a new world record.
The task was just too big this year and the threesome couldn't break the eight-hour barrier, finishing instead with a time of 8:22:57.
The team was racing in support of MitoCanada, a non-profit that supports those with Mitochondrial disease. Penny, the organization's founder and president, had been drafted to run the anchor leg after the original runner pulled out barely a week before the
race due to injury.
But Team MitoCanada still set a course record and easily won the race, beating the second-place team by more than an hour. Penhale, Curry and Penny all posted top times in their respective disciplines.
"It was really, really special being part of it because it was a very important cause," Curry told the Times. A new dad himself, Curry said "I couldn't imagine having a child afflicted by Mitochondrial disease."
Mitochondrial disease is actually a group of disorders which involve problems with mitochondria, tiny energy-producing structures in our cells.
"It's something that needs to be better understood," Curry said. "It was the one thing that really spurred my attention."
As part of that effort, Curry and his Optimum Sports Performance colleagues donated a spin class to help raise proceeds.
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