Heather Jackson is

an American professional triathlete based out of Bend, Oregon whose accolades include:


• 3rd, 4th, 5th place Ironman World Championships
• 4 time Wildflower triathlon champion
• 9 time Ironman 70.3 champion
• 3 time Ironman champion



Number of times Heather Won Wildflower


Career points in 4 years of ice hockey at Princeton


HJ's favorite (and lucky) number and the number of breweries in Bend, OR

Where it began...

Heather was born and raised in Exeter, NH in a blue-collar, hard-working family. After playing ice hockey with the boys from age 6 until high school, followed by four years on Princeton's Division I women's team, as well as many summers spent in Lake Placid, NY with the US National Team program, Heather shifted her athletic focus from ice hockey to triathlon in 2007. In her first full season as an 18-24 year old amateur triathlete, Heather qualified for and won the Ironman World Championships in Kona in her age group. She turned pro at the end of 2009 and through hard work and her aggressive racing style, Heather has progressed in the sport and is a top contender at every race she enters.

Regardless of the distance, Heather enjoys hilly, strength courses with her top finishes including wins at races like Wildflower and Escape from Alcatraz. In her off season, Heather enjoys riding her mountain and cross bikes, snowboarding, and a good beer ... or four. 

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Get to know hj


Exeter, New Hampshire


April 24, 1984


BA in Politics | Minor in East Asian Studies, Princeton University 2006

Currently Living in:

Bend, OR

Husband/Top Supporter/Manager:



Joe Gambles

Your Top/Defining Moment as an Athlete: 

Winning the 2013 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon or 3-peating at Wildflower.

Favorite Movie:

Hmmm so many favs! Gladiator, Goodwill Hunting, Pretty Woman, Jerry Maguire, Old School/Anchorman/anything with Will Ferrell

Favorite Band/Singer:

AGAIN! So many favs! haha. Pink :) I have 2 styles depending on when I’m running or riding my bike. Running is Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Beyonce, Pink, etc. Cycling is angry- Ozzy, Metallica, Rage Against the Machine, Eminem, etc.

Favorite TV Show:

American Idol, The Voice, Sex and the City, the OLD 90210

Favorite Sports Team:

Boston Red Sox, New England Patriots

Favorite Sports History Moment:

Hmmm…the only thing coming to mind is Natascha Badmann in one of the NBC Kona videos. I can’t remember which year it is, but there is a shot of her walking on Ali’i Drive and a fan yells “Come on Natascha!” and she smiles and pumps her fist at them, nodding, as if in her head saying Yes! I’ve got this! and she starts running again and goes on to win. I have never met her but she won Kona one year with a swim over an hour and crushed the bike, so she gives me hope! Plus, she’s always smiling.

Favorite Athlete:

Tough one! I like any athlete who trains and races hard, with no excuses, all the while relishing in the joy and fun of their sport.

Favorite Celebrity:


Favorite Restaurant: 

10 Barrel Brewing

Best Cup of Coffee:

More like Sue’s home-made double Americano’s out of her La Pavoni machine….or any huge cup of EXTRA strong, dark coffee

Favorite Food:

Grilled homemade turkey burgers and sweet potatoes

Favorite After Dinner Treat:

Warm chocolate chip cookies

Favorite Beer:

10 Barrel Brewing Pumpkin

Favorite Wine:

J. Lohr Cab

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