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Series Also Goes Global with Addition of Beijing and London Races
LOS ANGELES, Jan. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, today announced the 2018 Escape Triathlon Series race schedule. 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.
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
This year will mark the 14th edition of this annual event, 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 and offers participants an urban route past London landmarks including Big Ben, the London Eye and more.
Nation's Escape Triathlon – Sunday, September 9, 2018
The Nation's Escape Triathlon, celebrating its 13th year, will wind through Washington D.C.'s monument corridor in the shadow of the nation's best-known memorials and national treasures.
Lake Tahoe Escape Triathlon – Sunday, 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 beautiful run that will end in the Village of Squaw Valley.
Beijing International Triathlon – Sunday, September 22, 2018
This Olympic distance course showcases the Fengtai district of Beijing, including a 1.5km swim through Garden Expo Lake; a 40km bike race through quaint villages and up Qian Ling Mountain – the highest peak in Southwest Beijing; and a 10km run through the gardens and up the steep steps of the Garden Expo Park.
Surf City 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, followed by a 12-mile, double-loop bike ride along the breathtaking Pacific Coast Highway and a 6.2-mile 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 $300,000 will be awarded to race winners throughout the Escape Triathlon Series. For more information, visit www.EscapeSeriesTri.com, www.facebook.com/EscapeSeriesTri, @escapeseriestri and https://youtu.be/tm9JJzPyQKs.
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