7 Pro Triathlete’s Thoughts on The Island House Triathlon

The Island House Triathlon

The Island House Triathlon is fast approaching it’s November 17th start date. If you aren’t aware of what the race entails, here is a summary:

  • Invite only event that mixes Olympic distance and Long Distance triathletes
  • 3 variable-format events over the course of 2 days
  • $500,000 in prize money
  • Set in Highbourne Cay in the Bahamas

As the invited athletes are making their final preparations for this year’s race, I figured I would see what a few of the pro athletes think of the legendary race.

I got the chance to talk to a few pro triathletes who have either done The Island House Triathlon in the past and/or are doing it this year.

If they have done it in the past I asked them what the best part about The Island House Triathlon was.

If they are doing it this year I asked them what they are looking forward to about The Island House Triathlon this year.


Athlete Thoughts On The Island House Triathlon


Gwen JorgensenGwen Jorgensen

I love racing the different format. Even in the years I’m fit for the event it is hard to know if it will translate to results because it is such a unique format.

JG: Do you think the sport of triathlon needs more of these variable-format events?

I love doing the variable formats but my priority is the Olympics and that’s wehre I will remain as my goals are all around winning the Olympics.


Heather WurteleHeather Wurtele

The competition, the unique format and the great prize money are all awesome, but best thing about the Island House is definitely getting to race on Highbourne Cay in the Exuma chain of islands in the Bahamas! Turquoise water, powdery white sand, incredible food and accommodation… it sounds like all the cliches from a beach vacation, but it’s like nowhere you’ve ever been and you get to share this private island with a bunch of the best triathletes in the world. It’s a top experience in my life of racing for sure!


Katie ZaferesKatie Zaferes

I think the best thing about Island House is the diversity of athletes from ITU to long course. It really makes the event interesting as well as such a fun atmosphere to get to be with and compete against the best in each of the race specialties.

I’m really looking forward to giving this race another shot. Last year I fell short of my goals and I think physically and mentally I was pretty tired by this point last year. This year I’m excited because I feel a lot more rejuvenated thus making me hungry for more. I also really like the different formats, and I’m always excited to see how it plays out with who will finish on top. It’s unlike anything any of us typically do so it always makes it interesting, exciting, fun and TOUGH!


Lauren BrandonLauren Brandon

I was fortunate enough to race the Island House Triathlon the past two years. First of all, Mark Holowesko is an amazing person who not only had a vision to support professional triathletes and the sport of triathlon, but was able to do so that showcases the most beautiful place that I have ever been, the Bahamas. One of the most unique aspects of the race is that the start list is full of phenomenal athletes from different triathlon backgrounds and who get to then race a different style of a triathlon. One of my most favorite parts of the Island House Triathlon is getting to know the other athletes that I normally don’t get to race against. This race is definitely one of the most amazing weekends in our sport.


Lauren GossLauren Goss

Island House Triathlon is so unique, fun, and challenging. It is the only time I get to race the best ITU/non draft athletes at the same time. The distances are non traditional, the courses of each segment are on and off road, and the location is stunning. It is the hardest and also most fun event of the season!


Sarah CrowleySarah Crowley

I am very excited to compete at the Island House triathlon. I am most looking forward to challenging myself against the short course athletes. I don’t get a lot of opportunities to race at this intensity but I do have a short course background so I can not wait to see if I still have the speed. I have never been to the Bahamas so this is also something I am delighted to see. Its a real privilege to be invited to this race.


Eric Lagerstrom



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