Bermuda native and local Boulder Pro Triathlete, Tyler Butterfield, recently won the Bermuda Marathon. In an interview with the Royal Gazette, he talks about his move to train with coach Julie Dibens, thoughts the 2018 ITU World Championship race being held in Bermuda this April and his roots in sport and triathlon.
Butterfield is hoping his schedule will allow him to return to Bermuda to watch the ITU World Triathlon Bermuda. An event that will bring Flora Duffy to compete on her home soil.
After his win, ‘It took Butterfield about half an hour to move about 15 yards from the finish line on Sunday, the Bermudian stopping and chatting with fans and fellow athletes.’
“In the end it’s just sport, and that’s why everyone likes sports because it breaks down barriers,” Butterfield said. “In the end, we’re all out here to have fun, smile and do our best whether it’s a half, full marathon or 10K.
Butterfield shared these comments with 303Triathlon,
It was a great trip to Bermuda for their Race weekend. The options to do a mile Friday, 10k Saturday, and 1/2 Marathon or Marathon Sunday were all available . Or to do the triple challenge of all 3days ending in the 1/2.
I however opted to try the Marathon and test out the legs for an early season hit out. Working with Julie Dibens since November, we have had consistent training and want a bit of a test. Most the training was base specific and for Tri’s, but the marathon kept me honest on my long runs in December.
It is a great way to start the year with a surprising win and faster time than really expected, but it shows that the consistency payed off.
It has been nice working with Julie and takes a little bit of thought out of the week, and more energy to just do what I am told. Which in turn, has been enjoyable and makes life outside of training nice and switch the mind off more.
Tyler Butterfield followed in the example set by Dage Minors in Friday’s Elite Mile when he ran to victory in the Bermuda Marathon yesterday in near-perfect running conditions.
Butterfield, Bermuda’s top male triathlete who returned from his home in Boulder, Colorado to compete for the first time in several years, set the pace after a 1hr 14min time for the first loop on his way to a winning time of 2:27:07 ahead of last year’s winner, Bryan Morseman, of the United States, who clocked 2:28:43. Third was Abu Kebede Diriba, of Ethiopia, in 2:37:44.
“I’ve done one marathon before and that was a 2:42 [time] when I was 21, a good 14 years ago,” Butterfield said after his victory. “I ran a 2:48 in an Ironman, so I knew with a 2:42 I should be able to improve on that.”
Butterfield ran several miles with another local runner, Chayce Smith, who was competing in the Bermuda Half-Marathon.
“Chayce and I ran the first lap together and it was great hearing everyone cheering us on,” Butterfield said. “It was nice to have some locals up the front.
“Bryan led me through the first half and then we ran the first mile or two [second loop] together before I pulled away just after Trimingham Hill.
“There was a slight downhill before the flat to McGall’s Hill and I had speed coming off the hill and just went with it. I thought I might regret it later because it was a little quick. The first lap was a negative split but I have to say there was a lot of people out there cheering. Thank you to the people who come out every year.”
Butterfield and Morseman were tucked in with the Half-Marathon lead pack, before the field started to open up after the two-mile mark and Butterfield carried on to win,
Butterfield still holds the senior schools mile record of 4:27:30, which he set in 1999 when a student at Saltus.