The current North American IRONMAN 70.3 champions Tim Don (GBR) and Heather Wurtele (CAN) step up to their first start lines of 2016 at this weekend’s IRONMAN 70.3 in Monterrey, Mexico. The Human Interest Group, a leading sports marketing and business development firm, wishes fast races to both athletes, along with IRONMAN champs Ben Hoffman (USA) and Trevor Wurtele (CAN) who are also competing on Sunday, March 20th.
“Monterrey will be the first time we get to see Tim, Heather and Trevor this year, and we’re excited to see where their fitness levels are at this point in the year. With Hoffman on the course, this promises to be a competitive and fast morning for everyone,” said the Human Interest Group Director Michael Cardoza. “Tim is the 2X defending champ, Heather won this event in 2014 (didn’t race it last year), Ben raced to a podium in 2014 (after a flat on the bike) and this course should suit Trevor pretty well. So we expect strong performances from all four of these athletes this weekend.”
Tim Don returns to Monterrey to defend his 1st place titles earned there in 2014 and 2015. Launching his 2016 race season, Don seeks to build from last year’s numerous wins including both North American and Latin American IRONMAN 70.3 championships. Don also placed 15th at the 2015 IRONMAN World Championship, his first time racing in Kona and only his 2nd full Ironman ever. Coming off back-to-back training camps in Kona and at the Island House in the Bahamas, Don is looking to three-peat in Monterrey this weekend.
The reigning North American IRONMAN 70.3 champion, Heather Wurtele begins her triathlon season with the Monterrey race. Heather’s status as one of the top elite triathletes racing today was solidified by multiple wins last year including second at the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championship. Heather’s stand-out performances in 2015 earned her the title of Multisport Athlete of the Year (Female long course) by Triathlon Canada for the second year in a row.
The other half of Canada’s super triathlon couple, Trevor Wurtele was last seen racing at the Island House Invitational Triathlon. Trevor’s 2nd place victory at the Penticton Challenge long-course triathlon and four top 10 finishes at IRONMAN 70.3 races last year resulted in a solid 2015 season.
Two weeks ago at IRONMAN 70.3 Buenos Aires, the all-American IRONMAN champ Ben Hoffman missed crossing the finishing line first by six seconds. Hoffman arrives in Monterrey ready to deploy his fast legs on the bike and run for the long-distance course. This race is one more stepping block for Hoffman to the IRONMAN African Championships on April 10th.