DELRAY BEACH, FL – July 25, 2017 – The duo of Justin Metzler and Jeanni Seymour edged out the duo of Trevor and Heather Wurtele to claim victories at Challenge Iceland, the world’s northernmost half distance race. It was the first professional win for Metzler, the 2014 USAT Triathlon Rookie of the Year. For Seymour, it marked her third win of the year following victories at IRONMAN 70.3 Liuzhou and IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey.
Metzler ran down Trevor Wurtele and Jesper Svensson with a race-best 1:15:58 half marathon to win by more than two minutes. Seymour overcame a 4:47 deficit to pass Wurtele in the final 100m to win by a slim 0:20 margin, collapsing briefly just beyond the finish line.
Of the victory, Metzler remarked, “It felt fantastic to produce the strong and fast race that I knew I was capable of. To be there as Jeanni crossed the finish line following such a gutsy run, and to share the podium with her was beyond our dreams!”
Seymour added, “Celebrating Justin’s first professional win with him was incredible. We’ve trained together across thousands and thousands of miles and to see that work pay off for both of us at Challenge Iceland was really special.”
The duo will again race together at IRONMAN 70.3 Boulder. Then Seymour will head to the IRONMAN 70.3 World Championships in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and Metzler to IRONMAN 70.3 Qujing in China.
About Justin Metzler
Justin is a 24-year-old professional triathlete and a member of the Timex Multisport Team. He began triathlon at just 13 years of age, was named the USA Triathlon Rookie of the Year in 2014, then turned professional. He focuses on 70.3 racing and had six podium finishes in his last two seasons. Justin is a graduate of the University of Iowa with a degree in Health and Human Physiology. Justin is sponsored by Timex, Trek, Juice Performer, Shimano, Stages Cycling, blueseventy, Castelli, Bolle, Cobb, Field Work Nutrition, Boulder Sports Chiropractic, and Feedback Sports. Follow Justin at justinmetzlertriathlete.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram
About Jeanni Seymour
Jeanni is a 25-year-old professional triathlete from Johannesburg, South Africa, who currently lives and trains in Boulder, Colorado. She has been a professional triathlete since the age of 19 and is a member of the Timex Multisport Team. In 2017, she has had three wins (IRONMAN 70.3 Liuzhou, IRONMAN 70.3 Monterrey, and Challenge Iceland) and a second place finish. Last year, She was on the podium at 7 of her 9 races which included wins at IRONMAN 70.3 Austin and IRONMAN 70.3 Xiamen. Jeanni is sponsored by First Endurance, Timex, Trek, Shimano, Stages Cycling, Brooks Running, blueseventy, Castelli, Bolle, Cobb, Boulder Sports Chiropractic, and Feedback Sports. Follow Jeanni at jeanniseymourtriathlete.com, and on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
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