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