Following the success of this year’s inaugural Surf City Escape Triathlon, which took place on Sunday 22 April 2018, IMG has announced that the Surf City Escape Tri will return to Huntington Beach, California on Sunday, April 28, 2019.
As part of the Escape Triathlon Series, this race will once again serve as the last chance qualifier for the iconic 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Surf City Escape Triathlon will feature a pro field vying for a US$20,000 prize purse, as well as Olympic, Sprint and Aqua Bike race categories for age group participants. Registration opened on Monday, May 14, 2018.
“We were so stoked to have hosted the inaugural Surf City Escape Triathlon in Huntington Beach,” said Mayor Mike Posey. “Perfect weather, waves and overall conditions make Huntington Beach the ideal location for these triathletes. We look forward to welcoming athletes, families, friends and fans back to Surf City for the 2019 event.”
Surf City Escape Triathlon’s Olympic distance course begins with a challenging 1-mile open water swim in the Pacific Ocean. Next, a 24-mile double-loop bike course takes athletes along the Pacific Coast Highway. The organisers add that road closures will allow plenty of room for a safe, flat and fast ride while providing ideal race viewing for spectators. Lastly, a 6.2-mile run will turn up the challenge, taking athletes back to the beach for a partial deep sand run, and onwards to a spectator-friendly beachfront finish.
“The inaugural Surf City Escape Triathlon was my first race in California and it was awesome,” said 2018 Surf City Escape Triathlon Winner Jason West. “The big surf made the swim very challenging as did the deep sand portion of the run, making for a true California experience. I’ll be back in in 2019 – and look forward to defending my title.”