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Bowden and Fuhr to be Inducted into Ironman Hall of Fame

Canadian Ironman legends Lori Bowden and Heather Fuhr will be inducted into the Ironman Hall of Fame, according to a release sent out by Ironman earlier today. They will be honoured at a ceremony during race week at this year’s Ironman World Championship. Both were inducted into the Triathlon Canada Hall of Fame earlier this year.

“Lori and Heather are among the most respected and decorated athletes in our sport,” said Andrew Messick, Chief Executive Officer of IRONMAN. “They dominated the sport for a decade, accounting for three IRONMAN World Championship wins and 26 IRONMAN wins. Their careers and dedication to IRONMAN and to the sport of triathlon over the years show that they are deserving of this induction alongside the other members of the IRONMAN Hall of Fame.”

Bowden, originally from Toronto, won the Ironman World Championship in 1999 and 2003 and finished on the podium every year from 1997 to 2003. In addition, she had 11 other Ironman wins.

“It is a huge honor to be inducted into the IRONMAN Hall of Fame alongside my great friend and athlete Heather, and to be included with all of the current Hall of Fame athletes whom I have admired since I started in the sport,” said Bowden. “IRONMAN was such a big part of my life for over 30 years and I am so grateful for the friends I made and the lifestyle I got to live, as well as the person it made me.”

Fuhr, originally from Edmonton, took 15 Ironman titles during her professional career and won in Kona in 1997. She is married to triathlon coach Roch Frey, her “high school sweetheart.”

“It is an incredible honor to be recognized and inducted into the IRONMAN Hall of Fame,” said Fuhr. “IRONMAN has always been a huge part of my life and I am very grateful for every opportunity that it has presented. To be included in such elite company as the existing Hall of Fame inductees is indeed truly humbling.”