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Wurtele sets course record

An Okanagan triathlete has done it again.

Heather Wurtele won the 70.3 Ironman Campeche, Mexico, on Sunday, setting a new course record for women.

Wurtele finished in a time of four hours, 17 minutes and 23 seconds. She also had the fastest bike and run splits.

"Well that was a great day! Very happy to make it two for two at @ironmantri #703Campeche & to have set a new course record in hot, windy conditions," she tweeted Sunday.

It's the second time in a row the Kelowna triathlete has dominated the race.

Wurtele won the women’s race with an almost 10-minute margin of victory last year.

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 high 30s C. 

Terenzo Bozzone of New Zealand won the men's race in a time of 03:49:40.

Wurtele has a storied triathlon career. She's made the podium three times at the Ironman 70.3 world championships, is a six-time Ironman champion, and has been named Canadian long-course triathlete of the year four times.

She and her husband Trevor are originally from from Vernon. They have been full-time, globetrotting triathletes since 2009.

Campeche is 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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