Premier Event Management (PEM) has announced an elite field of professional athletes competing in the 2017 Philadelphia Escape Triathlon, taking place on Sunday 25 June. The pros will join more than 2,500 triathletes ranging in age from 18 to 80 years of age for the 13th year of this annual event. New this year, as part of the inaugural Escape Triathlon Series, the Philadelphia Triathlon will serve as a qualifying race for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
This year marks the return of professional athletes as well as a US$20,000 prize purse, the first since 2013. The field of 31 professional triathletes includes 2016 Rio Olympian Ben Kanute, 2016 Rio Olympian Greg Billington, 2008 Beijing Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker, 2016 Philadelphia Triathlon Champion Cecilia Davis-Hayes, four-time Philadelphia Triathlon Champion Cameron Dye and more.
The top three finishers per age group will receive coveted entry slots into the iconic San Francisco-based 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon race. First place finishers in each age group will also win a complimentary race entry.
“I am excited to race the Philadelphia Escape Triathlon as part of the new Escape Triathlon Series,” said four-time Philadelphia Triathlon Champion Cameron Dye. “It is one of my favourite races because Philly puts on a great show and Fairmount Park is such a challenging venue. I am really looking forward to racing in the City of Brotherly Love again and trying to come away with a fifth win.”
Professional triathletes set to compete in the 2017 Philadelphia Escape Triathlon include:
Olympian Greg Billington
Brian Duffy, Jr.
Cameron Dye (four-time Philadelphia Triathlon Champion)
Olympian Ben Kanute
Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker
Holly A Benner
Cecilia Davis-Hayes (2016 Philadelphia Triathlon Champion)
Fairmount Park will host the scenic, challenging 2017 Philadelphia Escape Triathlon course, which takes participants on a 1.5k swim in the picturesque Schuylkill River, a 40k bike ride through historic sections of Philadelphia and a 10k run past the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art ‘Rocky Steps’ made famous in the Oscar-winning film Rocky. The Philadelphia Escape Triathlon also features two days of activities including Olympic, sprint and Aquabike races, as well as a multisport expo.
The Escape Triathlon Series consists of the following races:
- Philadelphia Escape Triathlon – 24-25 June
- Des Moines Escape Triathlon – 2-3 September
- Nation’s Triathlon – 10 September
- Lake Geneva Escape Triathlon – 23 September
- New Orleans Escape Triathlon – 1 October
Each race serves as a qualifier for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The race series includes an Escape Series Leaderboard that will be updated regularly on the official Escape Series website (www.EscapeSeriesTri.com), tracking the progress of the pros via a points system, as they vie for the 18 professional men and 18 professional women race slots. A total prize purse of US$180,000 will be awarded to race winners throughout the Escape Series.
The Philadelphia Escape Triathlon is owned and produced by Premier Event Management.