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It wasn't until her husband, Trevor, took up triathlon that Heather Wurtele started to dream of winning the big races. Trouble was, Trevor didn’t know how to swim in those early days, and Heather was a novice on a road bike. She helped him in the pool; he coached her on the bike. That’s how “Team Wurtele” got its start. The rest is Ironman history.

FAST TRACK TO VICTORY

Now a five-time Ironman champion and North American Ironman 70.3 champion, Heather never aspired to being a pro athlete when she was growing up. She was certainly athletic, but was more of a recreational “jock” playing all kinds of sports and really just enjoying the outdoors. It wasn't until she was in university that the varsity rowing squad recruited her long body for hours of suffering before and after classes.

Heather took to triathlon quickly, winning an Ironman after only two years of hard training while working a full-time job. The year after that, both Heather and Trevor quit their jobs and gave their full attention to triathlon. They sold all of their possessions, bought a small RV and took to the road. 


WINS STACK UP

After a rocky 2009, Heather managed to win again on one of the toughest Ironman courses: Ironman St. George in Utah. In 2011 she repeated that win, 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 eighth-place finish at the Ironman World Championships. This earned Heather the Canadian Long Course Triathlete of the Year title. In both 2011 and 2012 she was the top Canadian at 70.3 Worlds, finishing sixth and seventh, 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 2013 ranked second in the official Ironman 70.3 World Rankings. In 2014 things did not slow down one bit – Heather won Ironman 70.3 races in Coeur D'Alene, Monterrey, Oceanside and Eagleman.

A HAPPY CHAMPION

In 2015 Heather captured the title of Ironman 70.3 North American Champion by winning in St. George. The race is notorious for being one of the most difficult 70.3 events in the world. "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.”

Heather Wurtele