Canadian professional triathletes and First Endurance ambassadors Heather and Trevor Wurtele announced their retirement from professional triathlon yesterday in a social media post.
"Since Ironman Canada, Trevor and I have been off adventuring: Mountain biking, riding dirt (moto) bikes, trying some gravel racing, XTerra, travelling off-grid in the RV and enjoying life without a training schedule. It has given us plenty of time to reflect and to be certain that retiring from professional triathlon is what we want to do. We’ve had long, successful, careers pursuing the sport with 100% commitment and are now eager for something else. We are incredibly happy to have taken the leap in 2009 by quitting our jobs, selling our home, living in an RV and going after our dreams full-on. We honestly never imagined that we’d achieve all that we did," wrote Heather.
Respected by all their competitors and loved by the age-group community, Team Wurtele will be missed dearly in the multisport world. Both Heather and Trevor reached great heights in professional triathlon, winning multiple Ironman and 70.3 titles and scoring numerous podium finishes. Heather stood on a world championship podium a total of four times, with an exceptional 2016 year landing her 3rd at the 70.3 World Championships and in 2017, third at the ITU Long Distance World Championships on Canadian soil. Team Wurtele was known for racing fairly, respecting their competitors and showing class on and off the race course. They have been exceptional ambassadors for their sponsors and we are proud to have been associated with them through First Endurance over the past few years.
Heather and Trevor, thanks for inspiring us with your passion for swim/bike/run, your ability to dig deep and persevere and your commitments to being the best version of yourselves as athletes and people. Good luck in the next chapter!
All the best,
First Endurance Canada