Heather Wurtele Sets New Course Record At Ironman Coeur d’alene

Triathlon Magazine Canada - - Front Page -

Last year, Kelowna B. C.’ s Heather Wurtele was well on her way to tak­ing the vic­tory but was dis­qual­i­fied for us­ing an­other com­peti­tor’s bike to fin­ish the 180 km ride. One year later, she took her se­cond Ironman Coeur d’Alene ti­tle and fifth ca­reer Ironman ti­tle in grand style, set­ting the new course record of 9:16:02 with a 55: 40 swim, 5:07:03 bike and a 3:09:01 marathon to win by over 12 min­utes. “The crowds out on course were ab­so­lutely phe­nom­e­nal. I felt like I heard my name along ev­ery stretch and the cheers along Sher­man Av­enue gave me the shiv­ers. It was a huge boost of en­ergy. I re­ally can’t thank the Coeur d’Alene com­mu­nity enough for their sup­port on so many lev­els,” said Wurtele about the site of her first Ironman race as an age grouper and first Ironman win as a pro­fes­sional. “As I got closer (to the fin­ish line) I heard some­thing about course record and got the im­pres­sion that I was close to break­ing it so I’d bet­ter hurry up. I don’t wear a watch on the swim or bike so I didn’t know my over­all time. I ran hard to the line to the screams of the crowd.” Amer­i­can Ben Hoff­man won his third Ironman ti­tle with a sim­i­lar dom­i­nant per­for­mance. His fin­ish time of 8:17:31, put him over eight min­utes ahead of de­fend­ing cham­pion Vik­tor Zyemt­sev.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Canada

© PressReader. All rights reserved.