Wurtele pockets Ironman bronze

Vernon’s Heather Wurtele won the bronze medal Sunday at the World Championship Ironman 70.3 in Mont Tremblant, Que.

Vernon’s Heather Wurtele hopped off the bike and hit the ground running to capture the bronze medal Sunday at the World Championship Ironman 70.3 in Mont Tremblant, Que.

Known for her dominance with two wheels, Wurtele has became a constant threat with the sneakers.

She finished up a strong bike leg with the second fastest run of the day to launch from seventh into third.

The 1.2-mile swim took place in Tremblant Lake, followed by a one-loop, 56-mile bike through Mont-Tremblant’s mountains. Athletes then embarked on the 13.1-mile run course, finishing in the resort’s pedestrian village.

Daniela Ryf of Switzerland took first while  Jodie Swallow of the U.K. stole second.

Wurtele continues to cement her position as one of the world’s top female long distance triathletes. This season, she’s posted wins at Ironman 70.3 Mexico, Ironman 70.3 California, Ironman 70.3 Eagleman  and most recently the full distance Ironman Coeur d’Alene Idaho.

The championship was held in Las Vegas last year and the 2015 Worlds will be held in Austria.

Wurtele and husband Trevor race for Saucony, Cervelo Bikes, First Endurance Nutrition, Enve Wheels, Cycle Ops Power, Aquasphere Westsuits and Manitoba Harvest.