Wurtele wins Quassy 70.3

Vernon's Heather Wurtele wins Revolution 3 Quassy Triathlon Sunday in Middlebury, Conn.

Vernon’s Heather Wurtele races in the Revolution 3 Quassy Triathlon in Middlebury

Vernon’s Heather Wurtele races in the Revolution 3 Quassy Triathlon in Middlebury

It was a long, complicated flight from Kelowna to Middlebury Conn., but it proved worth the effort for Vernon’s Heather Wurtele.

Wurtele won the Revolution 3 Quassy Triathlon Sunday, finishing the 113-kilometre event (1.9-km swim, 90-km bike, 21.1-km run) in four hours, 22 minutes and 18 seconds.

She finished a minute ahead of runner-up Heather Jackson of the U.S. (4:23:22) and Australian Annabelle Luxford (4:26:37).

Wurtele, who was runner-up last year at Quassy, transitioned from the bike to the run two minutes behind Luxford and moved into first halfway through the run.

A hard-charging Jackson, unbeaten in her first three races this year, began making up time, but a late burst by Wurtele once again opened the gap to give her the victory and the  US$13,000 prize.

Wurtele, who has shown a drastic improvement on the run this year, posted a 1:22:00 on a challenging half marathon course.

Earlier this season, Wurtele won the Ironman 70.3 Panama Latin American Pro Championships in Panama, and was third in the North American Pro Championships.

She races for Saucony, Cervelo Bikes and First Endurance Nutrition.