Wurtele holds on for Ironman 70.3 win

Heather Wurtele, formerly of Vernon, wins first-ever Ironman 70.3 title at Timberland Sunday in New Hampshire.

Already an Ironman winner, Kelowna’s Heather Wurtele collected her first Ironman 70.3 title at Timberland Sunday in New Hampshire.

Wurtele, formerly of Vernon, used a powerful 90-kilometre bike split to take a strong lead into the 21-km run, and held off Americans Caitlin Snow and Lindsay Corbin to finish in four hours, 20 minutes and 48 seconds.

Wurtele is a four-time Ironman champion, and holds course records at New York Lake Placid and St. George, Utah. She will compete in the Ironman 70.3 world championships in Las Vegas in September, and Ironman world championships in Kona, Hawaii in October.

Earlier, Heather’s husband, Trevor Wurtele, was fourth place in Ironman New York City, finishing in 8:29:20.

Trevor finished behind American Jordan Rapp, Ukrainian Maxim Kriat and Hungarian Jozsef Major. He will also be competing in the 70.3 world championships in Vegas, and Ironman worlds in Kona.