Wurtele claims Calgary Ironman

Heather Wurtele of Vernon continued her winning ways on home soil by winning Ironman 70.3 Calgary last Sunday.

Heather Wurtele of Vernon continued her winning ways on home soil by winning Ironman 70.3 Calgary last Sunday.

Still feeling the effects of her record-setting win at Ironman Coeur d’Alene, Wurtele didn’t find her usual power until halfway through the race. Once on track, she set the fastest run time of the day for the pro women and finished in four hours, 11 minutes and 42 seconds.

She was closely followed by Rachel McBride of Canada and American Mandy McLane. With four victories on the international Ironman circuit this year, Wurtele is being recognized as a strong contender for the Ironman World Championship title in October in Kona

Trevor Wurtele of Vernon set the fastest time of the men’s pros on the bike leg of Ironman 70.3 Calgary to reel in Tim Don of the U.K. and American Tyler Butterfield.

Don hung on for the win in 3:42:21, while Wurtele took second in 3:42:57 and Butterfield third at 3:43:38.

Trevor Wurtele’s next race will be at the full distance Ironman Canada event to be held Sunday, Aug. 25 in Whistler.