IMG has announced the 2018 Escape Triathlon Series race schedule – with two new events now in the mix. The line-up includes four well-established events on the international triathlon circuit including the Philadelphia Escape Triathlon, AJ Bell London Triathlon, Nation’s Escape Triathlon and Beijing International Triathlon, as well as the all-new Lake Tahoe Escape Triathlon and Surf City Escape Triathlon. These will serve as the six qualifying races for the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in California.
“We are thrilled to add new cities with exciting courses to the Escape Triathlon Series,” said James Leitz, Senior Vice President at IMG. “Our goal is to grow this to be the number one short course series in the world, and with the addition of Beijing and London, this series is going international in just its second year.”
This year’s Escape Triathlon Series will feature challenging courses, iconic race locations and top professional triathletes from around the world. The six 2018 Escape Triathlon Series qualifying races are as follows:
Philadelphia Escape Triathlon – Sunday, June 24, 2018
The Philadelphia Escape Triathlon is recognized as one of the premier triathlons in the United States. This year will mark the 14th edition of this annual event, featuring a sprint distance race, Olympic distance race and multisport expo. Fairmount Park will host a challenging course, which takes participants through some of the most historic and picturesque areas of Philadelphia.
AJ Bell London Triathlon – Sunday, August 5, 2018
This race attracts more than 11,000 participants and 30,000 spectators each year. With a variety of distances, routes and wave categories to choose from, the AJ Bell London Triathlon offers options for athletes of all levels. It also offers participants a unique urban route past iconic London landmarks including Big Ben, the London Eye and more.
Nation’s Escape Triathlon – Sunday, September 9, 2018
The Nation’s Escape Triathlon will wind through Washington D.C.’s monument corridor in the shadow of the US nation’s best-known memorials and national treasures. Celebrating its 13th year, this is the only triathlon that takes place in the nation’s capital, as well as the only organized event permitted to swim in the Potomac River.
Lake Tahoe Escape Triathlon – September 16, 2018
This all-new race will send triathletes on a swim in world-famous Lake Tahoe, biking along the Truckee River and scenic Highway 89 and a run that will end in the village of Squaw Valley. The Lake Tahoe Escape Triathlon will host both sprint and Olympic distance races.
Beijing International Triathlon – Sunday, September 22, 2018
This Olympic distance course showcases the eco-friendly environment and cultural attractions in the Fengtai district of Beijing, including a 1.5km swim through Garden Expo Lake; a gruelling 40km bike race through the quaint villages and up Qian Ling Mountain – the highest peak in Southwest Beijing; and a final 10km run through the gardens and up the steep steps of the Garden Expo Park. Celebrating its seventh year, the event includes Olympic and Sprint distance races, as well as a Health and Fitness Expo. Registration is now open.
Surf City Escape Escape Triathlon – 2019
An all-new Olympic distance race, the Surf City Escape Triathlon begins with a challenging one-mile, open water swim in the Pacific Ocean, entering through the same beach break as the world renowned US Open of Surfing. Triathletes will swim along the shoreline with the backdrop of the famous Huntington Beach Pier, followed by a 12-mile, double-loop bike ride along the Pacific Coast Highway. The final 6.2-mile run will turn up the challenge, sending athletes on a deep sand run, then back to the spectator-friendly beachfront finish.
Each qualifying race will award the top male and female finishers per age group a race entry into the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon (entry fee the responsibility of the racer). An elite field of pros will participate with a point system tracking their progress as they vie for the 18 professional men’s and 18 professional women’s race slots for the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. A total prize purse of US$300,000 will be awarded to race winners throughout the Escape Triathlon Series.