3 time Ironman 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP PODIUMS (3rd (2014), 2nd(2015), 3rd(2016))
3rd Place ITU Long Distance World Championships 2017
6 x Ironman Champion
23 x IM 70.3/Half Iron Distance Champion
North American Championship Ironman 70.3 Winner - 2015 and 2016
8th Place Ironman World Championships - 2011
Canadian Long Course Triathlete of the year - 2011, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016
The Wurtele's are both from Vernon BC where they attended Clarence Fulton high school together. Heather saved Trevor's butt in chemistry class and many a lunch was spent taking her car to Subway. Trevor was a competitive ski racer until he was 16, then moved to road cycling with numerous amateur European outfits until he was 20. Back in North America he dabbled in 24hr mnt bike racing and went to school in Victoria BC, for finance.
Heather played volleyball in high school, but was singularly focused on academics. She rowed varsity while completing her B.Sc. in Forest Genetics at UBC, and met up with Trevor while doing her M.Sc. in Plant Physiology at UVic. The Team Wurtele love affair started when Trevor spent the night at Heather's bedside in the hospital after she crashed (and nearly broke her femur) while they were out mountain biking together, and has continued ever since!
In 2004, after several annoying adventure races (not fans of orienteering) they caught the triathlon bug. With Heather’s help in the pool, non-swimmer Trevor finally managed to swim a steady 3.8 km. Trevor helped Heather learn to ride a road bike that same year. She was naturally strong from her rowing background, but took a while before she could get used to those aero bars. Things have come a long way since then!
Team Wurtele committed full-time to triathlon in 2009.
Heather has now won 6 Ironman titles (Coeur d'Alene 2008, 2013, and 2014, St. George 2010 and 2011, Lake Placid 2011) while setting new course records at Ironman St. George, Coeur D'Alene, and Ironman Lake Placid. She has also won 21 half iron distance races, 5 of those in 2016 alone, with course records at the ST. George, Monterrey and Oceanside 70.3s. To top of a great 2015 she took 2nd place at the 70.3 World Championships, also placing 3rd at the 70.3 world championship in 2014 and 2016.
Trevor has also come a long way, taking his first win at Ironman 70.3 New Orleans in 2012. His first full distance Ironman win came at Ironman Canada in 2013, and another half distance win in 2017 at Challenge Gerrarrdsbergen, Belgium. He's is a regular podium finisher, with a head smacking number of 2nd places.