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Dual podiums for Wurteles

A Kelowna triathlon couple dominated at Ironman 70.3 Campeche in Mexico over the weekend.

Heather Wurtele won the women’s race with an almost 10-minute margin of victory, finishing the swim, bike and run in 4:19:53.

Meanwhile, her husband, Trevor, placed third in the men's competition.

Heather was in a league of her own, according to Triathlon Magazine Canada.

The race included a 1.9-kilometre swim in the Gulf of Mexico, followed by a 90-km bike course and a 21-km run along Campeche Bay – all under gruelling temperatures in the mid-30s C. 

Heather came out of the water near the front, and blew through the field on the bike and half-marathon.

It was her first win of 2017.

Tim Don of Great Britain won the men's race, with Wurtele and fellow Canadian Cody Beals joining him on the podium. Beals crossed the finish line 60 seconds ahead of Wurtele.

Campeche is a picturesque colonial town with narrow streets and city walls that date back to the late 1600s, which protected the city from Caribbean pirate attacks. It was also named to the World Heritage List in 1999 by UNESCO.



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