Hi, I’m Heather Wurtele. I’ve been a pro triathlete since 2007. I was born in 1979 in Calgary, Alberta. My secret race weapon is all the secret training I do everyday. The song that gets me through my hardest training sessions right now is Gold Guns Girls, by Metric. When I’m not training, you’ll most likely find me taking stupid pictures of my cat Kiddo, #stuffONcat. My earliest memory of being on a bike is riding on the back of my older brother’s banana-seat bike!
Heather Wurtele’s sporting youth was spent doing normal British Columbian things like skiing, hiking, mountain biking and swimming (for fun, not competition). She played volleyball, and rowed varsity for UBC, but her focus was always academics. Heather and husband Trevor switched hobbies from adventure racing to triathlon in 2004. In 2008, they bit the bullet and sold our home for a 23ft RV, quit their jobs, and committed to being full-time professional triathletes.
After a rocky 2009, Heather managed to win on one of the toughest Ironman courses ever - Ironman St. George, Utah. In 2011 she repeated her win at Ironman St. George and also took the victory at Ironman Lake Placid, breaking the course record held by former Ironman World Champion Heather Fuhr. To top off a great 2011, she also brought home an 8th place finish in Kona, Hawaii at the Ironman World Championships, as the top North American finisher that year, and was awarded the Canadian Long Course Triathlete of the year. In both 2011 and 2012 she was also the top Canadian at 70.3 Worlds with a 7th and a 6th place finish, respectively.
In early 2013, she won the Latin American Professional championships at the Ironman 70.3 distance in Panama, distancing the field with a smoking-fast bike split. She finished the 2013 season ranked 2nd in the official Ironman 70.3 World Ranking. In 2014 things did not slow down one bit – Heather won Ironman Coeur D'Alene, Ironman 70.3 Monterrey, Ironman 70.3 Oceanside, Ironman 70.3 Eagleman, came third at the US Pro Championships at Ironman 70.3 St. George.
Now, in 2015, Heather has captured the title of Ironman 70.3 North American Champion by winning in St. George, Utah. The race is notorious for being one of the most difficult 70.3 distance races in the world and attracting a incredible field of competitors including the reigning Ironman World Champion. The win marks a breakthrough for Heather and makes her one-to-watch for the remainder of the 2015 season.
"I'd say I'm extremely happy with my life at the moment," says Heather. "Looking back at the path we took to get to this point, so many little things needed to fall into place. Yes, on one hand we made it happen and made the right choices, but there were many little chance events that could have changed so much. We are so lucky to actually be living our dream."
#1 goal for 2015
To be top 3 in the Ironman World Champs in Kona, the 70.3 Worlds, and the Challenge Triple Crown series.
Ironman Coeur D'Alene - 1st
Ironman 70.3 Monterrey - 1st
Ironman 70.3 Oceanside - 1st
Ironman 70.3 Eagleman - 1st
Ironman 70.3 World Championships - 3rd
Ironman 70.3 St. George - US Pro Champs - 3rd
UWC Triathlon - Bahamas - 3rd
Ironman World Championships - 15th Canadian Long Course Triathlete of the Year
Feb 27 - Challenge Dubai (part of the million $ triple crown)
March 29 - IM 70.3 Oceanside, California
April 19th - IM 70.3 New Orleans
May 2nd - IM St. George 70.3 - US Pro Champs
May 16th - Ironman Texas - Full distance US Pro Champs
June 28th - Ironman Coeur d'Alene
July - TBD August 7 - Challenge Oman (2nd race in triple crown)
August 30 - World Championships 70.3, Austria
October 10 - Ironman World Championships, Hawaii
November - TBD
December 11, Challenge Bahrain (3rd race in triple crown)