Morning Star Staff
Vernon’s Heather Wurtele pocketed $15,000 plus bonuses for winning the Ironman Coeur d’Alene.
High winds made for heavy chop on the lake and some nasty headwinds on the bike portion but Wurtele hit the beach from the 3.86 kilometre swim in third position and immediately took control on the 180-km bike leg.
A flat tire near kilometre 120 gave the chasers a chance to buy some time back but Wurtele still managed to exit transition to the 42.2-km run with a 13 minute lead.
Wurtele earned bonus money for the fastest times on both the bike and the run. American Kelly Williamson, known as one of the fastest runners in Ironman Triathlon, kept a fast and steady pace to hang on to second while fellow American Jessica Smith grabbed the final podium spot.
Heather’s husband, Trevor, will defend his Ironman Canada title July 27 at Whistler.
“Team Wurtele” as they are known on the Professional Ironman circuit race for Saucony shoes, Cervelo Bikes, ENVE wheels, Smith Optics Eyewear, First Endurance Nutrition, Aquasphere