IMG has announced that the 40th annual Escape from Alcatraz triathlon will take place on Sunday, June 7, 2020, in San Francisco. The random drawing for one of the sport’s most iconic races will officially open on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. Limited to 2,000 participants, athletes are encouraged to register early for an opportunity to participate.
From Olympians and world champions to enthusiastic age groupers and challenged athletes, triathletes from all over the world will take over the streets and waters of San Francisco for the 40th anniversary celebration of Escape from Alcatraz.
IMG notes that the infamous history of the island as an inescapable federal prison illuminates a mysterious challenge to athletes worldwide. The 40th anniversary will include special activities and guests, including Kenneth Widner, nephew of brothers John and Clarence Anglin, who attempted to break out of Alcatraz Federal Prison in 1962, with Frank Morris.
Exploring the area of San Francisco, triathletes will embark on a gruelling 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shoreline of Marina Green, an 18-mile twisting bike ride through the Presidio, and an eight-mile trail run out to Baker Beach and up the infamous 400-plus-step Sand Ladder.
Fans can experience the race action at the Marina Green, where the swim ends, and the athlete transition area and finish line are visible.
Registration for the random drawing will open on Tuesday, September 10, at 06:00 PST through to Monday, November 18, 2019, at 23:59 PST.