Name: Trevor and Heather Wurtele
Sport: Long Distance Triathlon
Where are you from? We currently have our home base in Kelowna, BC, Canada
Where do you live and train? We spend about 7-8 months at home in Canada, mainly during the spring and summer. Also for a couple months in the winter when training is a little lighter. When not in Canada we’re usually in St. George, Utah or San Diego, California.
Team: There aren’t very many teams in long distance triathlon. They do exist (Uplace BMC for one example), but for us, we work with individual sponsors. We do have an agent that helps negotiate contracts with those companies.
How old were you when you started participating in sports?: We’ve both been competing recreationally for most of our lives. Youth soccer, baseball, things like that. Trevor was a competitive downhill ski racer for most of his young life, then moved into road cycling which he did through his teenage years. Heather was a varsity rower for the University of British Columbia.
How old were you when you started in your current sport? We both did our first triathlon when we were 24. Purely for fun and recreation at that point. I wasn’t until we were 26/27 that we started to get more serious. We’re 36 now.
What is your favorite sport memory? Racing alongside and/or beating the professional athletes we always looked up to while we were racing as amateurs.
What would be your dream event to race in? Ironman World Championships in Hawaii and the Ironman 70.3 (Half Ironman) World Championships are always the most anticipated races of the year. Heather’s best results at those events are 8th at the 2011 Ironman WC, and 2nd at the 2015 Ironman 70.3 WC.
In your opinion what is the best location to race at? Ironman Canada in Whistler BC is pretty phenomenal, but Ironman 70.3 St. George, Utah has an amazing venue as well. That said, there are so many great events around the world.