Wildflower 2012 Champs Will Return to Defend Their Titles
Posted: Thursday, March 14, 2013
Monterey County, CA -- This year’s Wildflower Triathlon racers will be facing stiff competition, now that reigning champions Jesse Thomas (33) from Springfield, Oregon and Heather Jackson (29) from Carlsbad, California have decided to return to Lake San Antonio for another shot at the podium on the weekend of May 3-5.
Both athletes surprised the triathlon community with thrilling victories in last year’s event. Thomas, who will be competing for his third straight Wildflower victory, proved that his 2011 come out of nowhere; long shot triumph was not just beginner’s luck.
Thomas became a Wildflower celebrity overnight after he surpassed race favorites such as Bjorn Andersson and Jordan Rapp in 2011. The former Stanford NCAA All-American steeplechaser was relatively new to triathlons, but that did not stop the then-mystery triathlete from engraving his name in the Wildflower history books.
The Springfield, Ore. native followed his rookie effort with a sub-four hour time in 2012--becoming only the fifth man in Wildflower history to do so.
On the female side, Jackson made just as big a splash, beating Julie Dibens’ race record set in 2010. After finally achieving her first Wildflower win, a confident Jackson will be difficult to beat.
In Wildflower’s 30-year history, there have been many races brimming with hype and anticipation. With defending champions such as Thomas and Jackson in the mix, this year’s event will undoubtedly be an intensely heated battle between the sport’s top athletes.