40th Anniversary Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon™ To Host First Ever ESCAPE Aquathlon

February 11, 2020

SAN FRANCISCO (February 11, 2020) – IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, is set to launch ESCAPE Aquathlon on Saturday, June 6, at 7 a.m. (PST), the day before the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon, which is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. Staying true to the triathlon’s storied start, athletes will jump from a boat to begin their 750-meter 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 their ESCAPE 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.”

Registration for the public will open on Tuesday, February 18, at 9 a.m. (PST). The registration fee will start at $295 per person and is limited to 400 athletes. Please note, the challenging bay swim is not recommended for beginners. Interested participants are encouraged to visit www.escapealcatraztri.com/aquathlon to register, as space is limited. Please visit the website for full pricing details.

ESCAPE Aquathlon participants will receive:

  • Tips from Water World Swim Coaches in advance and on the boat
  • Live race tracking on the official ESCAPE app
  • ESCAPE Aquathlon Finisher t-shirt, medal and post-race refreshments

For additional information on the ESCAPE Aquathlon or the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, visit www.EscapeAlcatrazTri.com or follow @EscapeAlcatrazTri on Instagram and Twitter and www.facebook.com/EscapeAlcatrazTri on Facebook.

# # #

About Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

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 the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on Sunday, June 7, 2020. The infamous history of the island as an inescapable federal prison illuminates a mysterious challenge to athletes worldwide, the chance to “escape from Alcatraz.” Exploring the beauty of San Francisco, triathletes will embark on a grueling 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. 

About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media. The company manages some of the world’s greatest athletes and fashion icons; owns and operates hundreds of live events annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in licensing, sports training and league development. IMG is a subsidiary of Endeavor, a global entertainment, sports and content company.

# # #

DeeDee Taft
Spin Communications
o) 415/380-8390, m) 415/515-1229