Wurtele wins Monterrey Ironman
Vernon’s Heather Wurtele won the women’s title in the inaugural Ironman 70.3 in Monterrey, Mexico last weekend.
The Mexican event is a destination race for athletes and their familes. A fast pro field was on hand along with over 2,000 age group competitors.
In the women’s race, Helle Frederiksen of Denmark headed into turn one first with Celine Scharer of Switzerland on her heels. Karen Thibodeau of Canmore, Alta. was over a minute back in third, with race contenders Wurtele and Cait Snow of Brockton, Mass. almost three minutes off the pace.
Wurtele proceeded to work her way through the field and into second place by 25-kilometres of the bike ride, one hour and 25 minutes behind Frederiksen.
The Fulton grad remained patient and methodically chewed into Frederiksen’s lead, which put their closest rival (Snow) over eight minutes off the pace.
Wurtele had a tentative seven-second advantage over Frederiksen as the duo dismounted their bikes. Once on the run, Wurtele stretched out her lead with each passing kilometer as Frederiksen faded.
A solid bike and run allowed Wurtele to record a 5:49 win over Frederiksen. The fleet-footed Snow’s fastest run split of the day was only 20 seconds faster than Wurtele’s, but was good enough to allow the American to round out the podium.