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Island House Tri Returns With Exciting Changes For 2016

This year, all races will be non-drafting, and to level the playing field, long-course athletes can opt to race on their time-trial bikes.

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Last year’s inaugural Island House Invitational Triathlon put some of the world’s best competitors head-to-head in a three-day race in the Bahamas, and this year’s race will add even more excitement to the mix. Starting on Oct. 28, 40 professional triathletes—double the amount from 2015—will race over the course of three days in various formats. This year, all races will be non-drafting, and to level the playing field, long-course athletes can opt to race on their time-trial bikes.

For the final day, only 10 men and 10 women will make the cut-off to race on the private island of Highbourne Cay (the first two days will be held on Nassau, home of The Island House hotel). According to a press release, invitees will include 2016 Olympians and long-course champions from all over the world, and last year’s winner Gwen Jorgensen will be back to defend her title after she races in her second Olympic Games in Rio in August. The prize purse will again be $500,000, with $60,000 designated for the winner.

Another exciting change is the new partnership with More Than Sport, a non-profit centered on athletes helping communities close to races. A one-hour national TV recap of the event will also be broadcast after the race.

To learn more, go to Islandhousetriathlon.com.

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