IMG has unveiled the ESCAPE Aquathlon, which takes place on Saturday, June 6, 2020, at 07:00 PST, the day before the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon. This year’s triathlon is celebrating its 40th anniversary.
Staying true to the triathlon’s storied start, aquathlon athletes will jump from a boat to begin their 750m swim, exit the water at the St Francis Yacht Club and run to transition at Little Marina Green. Next, they will swap their wetsuits for running shoes and take off on a 5k run along the San Francisco Bay Trail, heading west towards Crissy Field and looping back at the Warming Hut to finish at Marina Green.
This new swim/run short course race is designed to provide more athletes with an opportunity to ‘experience the thrill of the ESCAPE and add a new challenge for those looking to test themselves ahead of the triathlon.’
‘From the adrenaline-fueled start off the Hornblower’s San Francisco Spirit Yacht to the dramatic views on the run and an exciting chute finish, ESCAPE Aquathlon participants will get a taste of the legendary Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.’
“Whether utilizing the ESCAPE Aquathlon as a warmup to Sunday, or as an introduction to the multisport lifestyle, this new race is a great way for athletes to ‘get their feet wet’ in the sport,” said IMG’s Vice President of Action Sports Events, Jennifer Lau.
“Unique to this race, it also provides a rare opportunity to experience the challenging San Francisco Bay swim made iconic by the history of Alcatraz Island.”
The challenging bay swim is not recommended for beginners. Registration for the public will open on Tuesday, February 18, at 09:00 PST. The registration fee will start at US$295 per person and is limited to 400 athletes. Interested participants are encouraged to visit escapealcatraztri.com/aquathlon to register, as space is limited.