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Heather Jackson donates prize money from Ironman 70.3 Peru win to flood victims

Jackson says, "The people of Peru inspired me during the race."

On Sunday, Heather Jackson and Andy Potts won Ironman 70.3 Peru — each earning their first win of the year and adding another title to their long resume of impressive results.

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Yayyyy! So excited to break the tape here in #Lima #Peru #?? Thank you to the race organizers, volunteers and this city for an incredible first time race! A massive thank you to all of my sponsors for their ongoing support. A big thank you to @herbalife24 @herbalife for making this trip possible and the opportunity to meet so many #TeamHerbalife members here in South America. Thank you to my coach @joegambles ? and as always, my #1 @wattieink for his ❤ and support every single day. Huge congrats @spiampiano @linseycorbin @leandacave and the rest of our pro field, as well as everyone who finished today!!!Thanks to everyone out there cheering and for all the support/messages from afar! So grateful? Gracias Peru?

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Jackson, whose sponsor Herbalife Nutrition is also the title sponsor of the event, decided to donate all her prize money from the win to victims of the recent floods in Peru that displaced an estimated 900,000 families.

“The people of Peru inspired me during the race, and Herbalife Nutrition fuelled me as I pushed through,” she says. “I’m always so grateful for the opportunity to race; and, meanwhile, thousands of people have lost their homes. Peru, Herbalife Nutrition, and the entire Herbalife Nutrition community have given me so much in so many ways that it is the least I can do to give back to this wonderful country.”

Jackson is one of the top-ranked female triathletes on the Ironman circuit and finished 3rd at Kona in 2016. Her Peru win earned her $3,000 USD.

Full race results for Ironman 70.3 Peru can be found here.