In compiling this list, it was great to look back and remember all of the great Canadian accomplishments in 2013. We hope you’ll enjoy this look back and maybe add a few comments on what you think might be the top story, or maybe something we’ve missed. In no particular order here are the top Canadian triathlon and duathlon stories of 2013.
Trevor Wurtele Wins Ironman Canada
Kelowna’s Trevor Wurtele made it his season’s focus, and he succeeded in earning his first ever Ironman title at the inaugural Ironman Canada at Whistler. Wurtele also made headlines this year for his epic and hilarious video race reports. Our story: Trevor Wurtele wins Ironman Canada.
Jeff Symonds wins the inaugural Challenge Penticton
Jeff Symonds’ prime objective in 2013 was to take the win at the inaugural Challenge Penticton in front of his home town crowd, and despite the challenge two-time Ironman World Champion Chris McCormack and a bike crash the ripped him up into a bloody mess, Symonds went on to claim the title in his Ironman distance debut. Our story: Jeff Symonds wins the inaugural Challenge Penticton.
Dave Matheson and Iona MacKenzie win Ultraman Canada
Canada’s Dave Matheson and Iona MacKenzie won the 2013 edition of Ultraman Canada in Penticton, British Columbia. Matheson also set the new total course record of 21:47:47, beating the previous record held by Kevin Cutjar (21:49:45) set in 2010. Our story: Dave Matheson and Iona MacKenzie win Ultraman Canada.
Lionel Sanders takes Ironman 70.3 Muskoka
Hamilton’s Lionel Sanders turned in a stunning performance to win Ironman 70.3 Muskoka over Germany’s Andreas Raelert and a competitive men’s field.
Brent McMahon wins the Saskatoon Triathlon Pro Chase and Ironman 70.3 St. George
Brent McMahon passed Magali Tisseyre in the last km of the run to win the inaugural Saskatoon Triathlon Pro Chase, he also notched an impressive victory over a stacked men’s field at Ironman 70.3 St. George.
Watson, Goodyear, and Kostic earn Ironman World Championship Age Group Honours
Beverly Watson of Priddis, AB., Cullen Goodyear of North Vancouver, BC., and Milos Kostic of Regina, SK, all captured age group wins at the 2013 Ironman World Championship.
Heather Wurtele sets new course record at Ironman Coeur d’Alene
After a DQ in 2012 for using another competitor’s bike to finish the 180 km ride, Wurtele returned to Ironman Coeur d’Alene with a vengeance. She won the race with a new course record of 9:16:02 (55:40 swim, 5:07:03 bike and a 3:09:01 marathon) to win by over 12 minutes. Our story: Heather Wurtele sets new course record at Ironman Coeur d’Alene. Wurtele also notched wins at: Ironman 70.3 Calgary, Ironman 70.3 Panama, Rev3 Quassy Half.
Amelie Kretz’s big year
Amelie Kretz, Ellen Pennock and Kirsten Sweetland swept the podium at the 2013 Edmonton ITU Triathlon World Cup. Kretz also won at ITU Bridgetown, and took second at ITU Mazatlan, and bronze at the U23 Triathlon World Championships.
Canadians excel at the 2013 ITU Duathlon World Championships
In August, Ottawa played host to the 2013 ITU Duathlon Age Group World Championship. Canadians Peggy Labonte, Jennifer Faraone, Carolyn Silvey, Sharryn Oleskiw, and David Field all became Age Group World Champions on home soil. Louise Atkinson Clark captured the Age Group World Championship at the Sprint Distance. Our story: Canadians excel at the 2013 ITU Duathlon World Championships.
Retirements of Simon Whitfield and Samantha McGlone
Both Simon Whitfield and Samantha McGlone were not too active on the racing scene prior to their official retirement announcements so the final proclamations were not huge surprises. Nevertheless, these two great athletes left a lasting legacy for the future Canadian triathlon stars to follow.
Edmonton and Mont-Tremblant to host the World
Angela Naeth collects three Ironman 70.3 titles
Prince George’s Angela Naeth finished fifth in her Ironman debut at Ironman Lake Tahoe but heading into that race she collected victories at Ironman 70.3 Racine,
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