Butterfield books ticket for Hawaii Ironman
Tyler Butterfield has qualified for the Hawaii Ironman World Championships in October the worlds toughest triathlon.
Butterfield finished third in Sundays Ironman 70.3 Calgary to move into 30th position in the Kona Points Ranking (KPR) to gain entry to the Hawaii race.
Defending champion Tim Don of the UK won in Calgary with Butterfield second and Canadian Trevor Wurtele third.
Butterfield said he was relieved to have qualified for Hawaii following weeks of chasing the final points required.
With so many races on Sunday that could potentially effect the rankings, it was a nice surprise to know for sure so quickly that I made it, he said.
Its been a tough few weeks for sure, chasing those final points to make sure I would qualify with a comfortable margin.
Now that Im in, its time to put my head down and focus on long course training to be sure I step up to the line in Kona in the best shape possible.
With less than 11 weeks remaining until the World Championships, Butterfield will prepare from his home base in Boulder, Colorado.
He will then head to Hawaii a few days before the race, with the his wife Butterfield, daughter Savana, and mother, father, brother, sister-in-law, niece and nephew all joining him in time for the competition.
Butterfields Bermuda cheer squad have followed the triathlete around the globe, including a trip to London for the 2012 Olympics.