Sunday August 25, 2013 marked the inaugural year for Ironman Canada in Whistler, British Columbia and a sold-out field is perhaps an early indication of just how popular this WTC Ironman event is sure to become.
One of the top picks to make the podium for the pro men included Mathew Russell who won Ironman Canada 2012 when it took place for the last time in Penticton, British Columbia.
There were high hopes for local British Columbia native Trevor Wurtele to challenge for a podium spot.
Paul Amey would normally have been considered a strong contender, but took part in Ironman Mont-Tremblant just one week before the Whistler race. Much would depend on how quickly he could recover from that effort.
Bryan Rhodes of New Zealand led the way out of the water, but it was Matthew Russell working himself to the front of the pack on the bike course and leading the way into the bike/run transition area.
However it was Trevor Wurtele who was running strongest and just past the six-mile mark of the 26.2-mile marathon he established a lead of 45 seconds on Matthew Russell who was in second.
Wurtele continued to add to his lead and was unstoppable and is the winner of the inaugural Ironman Canada Whistler 2013. He had an excellent finish time of 8:39:33.
The race for top spot among the pro women was pretty much wide open with several of the entries quite capable of winning on their best effort.
Uli Bromme was considered the slight favorite going into the race, but there were several women in the race who could make her work for the victory.
Uli Bromme had a slow start but worked her way to the front in the last half of the bike course and once the marathon began was holding a seven minute lead over the nearest competitor.
With over half of the marathon behind her Uli Bromme continues to lead and has a cushion of over eleven minutes on the the nearest competitor.
The pros were racing for 75,000 USD in prize money as well as Kona Ranking Points for the Ironman World Championships in Hawaii set to take place October 12, 2013.
The race is currently in progress and be sure to visit IronStruck.com and check out the top pro and age-group finishers as they become available.