There were perfect conditions for the stacked pro field at the 2014 Ironman 70.3 California on Saturday. Heather Wurtele proved her early season fitness in excellent fashion with her first Oceanside title in 4:13:12. An aggressive 1:17 half marathon was enough to hold off second place finisher and fast charging Heather Jackson who finished just under a minute behind. “Heather [Jackson] had me running scared all day,” said Wurtele. “I had a good swim, the legs were there on the bike and I was able to hammer on the run and keep her away.” Melanie McQuaid finished in 7th while fellow Canadian Jenny Fletcher was 13th.
On the men’s side Olympic gold medalist Jan Frodeno of Germany beat out five-time Oceanside winner Andy Pots of the US and posted a new course record in 3:49:25. Two Canadians made the top ten with Brent McMahon in fifth and Trevor Wurtele in eighth.
Top Five Ironman 70.3 California Oceanside, Calif. – March 29, 2014
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Jan Fordeno (GER) 3:49:25
2. Andy Potts (USA) 3:52:18
3. Sebastian Kienle (GER) 3:53:21
4. Joe Gambles (AUS) 3:55:00
5. Brent McMahon (CAN) 3:55:46
1. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:13:12
2. Heather Jackson (USA) 4:14:15
3. Meredith Kessler (GER) 3:53:21
4. Julie Dibens ( GBR) 4:24:54
5. Cait Snow (USA)4:25:24