Tyler Butterfield *File photo
Tyler Butterfield *File photo

Tyler Butterfield came second place at the Ironman 70.3 Muncie, adding to a growing tally of points in his quest to qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii this October.

Butterfield finished just 45 seconds behind winner Andrew Starykowicz.

Butterfield’s second place finish in the 500-point race netted 440 points to add to his prior tally of 3000. He followed up his performance in Muncie with a seventh place finish at Ironman 70.3 Racine on July 21, a valuable 750-point race, thus earning an additional 440 points.

His current total of 3,880 KPR points puts him in 33rd position in the pro rankings, a system in which the top 40 men as of July 28, 2013, will automatically qualify for the Ironman World Championship in Kona.

Butterfield will go on to race the Ironman 70.3 in Calgary on July 28, a race which he hopes will secure him a spot in the Kona World Championships, allowing him time to train and prepare, rather than forcing him to fit in more late-season races to try and accumulate enough points to qualify.