Wurtele Wins Monterrey 70.3
Heather Wurtele won the inaugural Ironman 70.3 Moterrey in Mexico. Proving her early season fitness, Wurtele rode away from the competition with the fastest bike split of 2:18:32. Her second fastest run split of the day (1:19:26) allowed her to stay in the lead. American speedster Caitlin Snow used the fastest run of day (1:19:06) to take third behind Denmark’s Helle Frederiksen, whose strong swim and bike combination proved too hard to run down. Two other Canadian pros from Quebec were also in the mix. Karen Thibodeau (4:30:10) and Annie Gervais (4:35: 46) finished 5th and 6th respectively.
Great Britain’s Tim Don combined a 23:13 swim, a 2:07:33 bike and a 1:13:38 half marathon to earn the 3:46:59 victory. Mexico’s Francisco Serrano was second and American Ben Hoffman was third.
Set in Nuevo León, the race venue is spectacular. The spectator-friendly swim takes place in the man-made Santa Lucia River—a downtown waterway traversing historic landmarks and the commercial districts of Monterrey. The entire course combines cultural sites with a modern cityscape.
Ironman 70.3 Moterrey
Moterrey, Mexico – March 16, 2014
1.2-mile swim, 56-mile bike, 13.1-mile run
1. Heather Wurtele (CAN) 4:07:47
2. Helle Frederiksen (DEN) 4:13:35
3. Caitlin Snow (USA) 4:15:17
4. Valentina Carvallo (MEX) 4:27:15
5. Karen Thibodeau (CAN) 4:30:10
1. Tim Don (GBR) 3:46:59
2. Francisco Serrano (MEX) 3:50:17
3. Ben Hoffman (USA) 3:52:22
4. Hector Guerra (FRA) 3:53:42
5. Ivan Rana (ESP) 3:55:57