Kāʻeo Kruse is a professional triathlete and member of Ian O’Brien Coaching’s Origin training group located in Boulder, CO.
Kāʻeo was born and raised in Kauaʻi, Hawaiʻi where he was competitively involved in swimming and Junior Lifeguards from a young age. However, he slowly became a runner once he started attending Kamehameha Schools at the age of 12 as a boarding student.
He went on to become a 7-time individual State Champion across XC & Track obtaining state records in the 1500 & 3k. Despite his focus on running in High School, Ka’ eo still went on to win multiple Jr. Guard National titles (even being selected for the 2016 US World Championship Team) as well as multiple top-5 state championship finishes in the 200 & 500 Freestyle. Although recruited by DI universities for both, chose to pursue running.
He attended Harvard University where he studied Human Evolutionary Biology, while also running on the track & cross country team. Due to a string of injuries he had 2-years of graduate eligibility left and got recruited to run for the University of Virginia, while pursuing his masters degree in Kinesiology.
While at the University of Virginia, he was able to achieve consistency with his training and ended up placing 5th at the 2022 ACC Championships in the 1500m (PR: 3:40.04; NCAA Ranked 41st, US Ranked 58th for 2022), while also being selected to the USTFCCA All-Academic team.
Since July 2022, he has joined the Origin Performance team to pursue his dream of making the Olympic team in the world of professional triathlon.
As of the end of the 2023 season, Ka’eo has made it atop 3 Continental Cup podiums with a top 15 World Cup finish leaving him ranked 7th American male and top 125 in the World Triathlon Rankings heading into the Paris 2024 Olympic year.