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Event Information


The Philadelphia Escape Triathlon is recognized as one of the premier triathlon festival weekends in the country. 2018 will mark the 14th year of this annual event and features two days of activities including a multi-sport expo and a new optional bike check-in on Saturday, June 23, and the Olympic and Sprint Distance Races now combined on Sunday, June 24.

Fairmount Park hosts this scenic, challenging course and fun family atmosphere; just a few reasons the race was named a top-five triathlon in the United States by Outside Magazine and lauded as one of the top big city triathlons by Triathlete Magazine.

The 2017 event kicked off of the 2017 Escape Series Qualifying process with valuable slots being awarded to the winners in each age group to the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz in San Francisco.  Chosen by many as the most iconic triathlon in the world today, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon is the ultimate bucket list event for any endurance athlete.  

Event Schedule + Location

Olympic Pro Race: Sunday, June 24, 2018 – 6:00am

Olympic Age Group Race: Sunday, June 24, 2018 – 6:45am

Sprint Age Group Race: Sunday, June, 24, 2018 – 8:15am (tentative)

Race Venue Location (MAP): Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

FRIDAY, JUNE 22, 2018

12:00pm - 6:00pm Expo/Packet Pick-Up – Sprint and Olympic - (MAP) Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive

2:00pm Athlete Meeting (Sprint and Olympic) – Expo stage area - (MAPLloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive

5:00pm Athlete Meeting and USAT Rules (Sprint and Olympic) – Expo stage area - (MAPLloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive

SATURDAY, JUNE 23, 2018 

11:00am - 5:00pm Expo/Packet Pick-Up - Sprint and Olympic - (MAPLloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive

1:00pm - 6:00pm Bike Check-in (Optional) - Race Venue Location (MAP): Fairmount Park, 4231 Avenue of the Republic, Philadelphia, PA 19131

1:00pm Athlete Meeting (Sprint and Olympic) - (MAPLloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive

3:00pm Athlete Meeting and USAT Rules (Sprint and Olympic) - (MAPLloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive


Race Venue Location (MAP)

4:00am Transition Opens 

5:55am National Anthem 



6:30am Transition for Age Group Olympic Athletes Closes 


7:45am Transition for Age Group Olympic Athletes Closes


8:30am-12:00pm Post-Race Celebration 

10:00am Olympic Race Awards Presentation Ceremony

11:00am Sprint Race Awards Presentation Ceremony

Race Day Packet Pick Up

There is NO race day packet pick up UNLESS you have been granted an exception waiver by the race organizer. Please contact for more information.


The MultiSport Expo will be the center of attraction surrounding a weekend of festivities on June 22-24, 2018. We anticipate 4,000 people to attend the Expo, all looking for the latest in multisport products, services, accessories, and events.  The Expo will be held at Lloyd Hall, located at 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive. 

Location (MAP): Lloyd Hall, located at 1 Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive.

Friday, June 22, 2018

12:00pm-6:00pm Expo/Packet Pick-Up (Sprint and Olympic)

Saturday, June 23, 2018

11:00am-5:00pm Expo/Packet Pick-Up (Sprint and Olympic)

Packet pick-up on race morning is available on a limited basis for a pre-paid cost of $50.00 per athlete from 5:30am - 7:30am. 

You will receive your race bib, bike helmet number, bike number, wristband, timing chip, gear bag sticker, swim cap, and participant tee.

You will be REQUIRED to present a photo ID and either show proof of your USAT membership or have paid for a one-day license.  Non-USAT members who did not pay for the fee at the time of online registration will need to pay the $15 one-day license fee at Packet Pick Up.  If you have misplaced your USAT membership card, you can download a temporary card by logging into your USAT account at

No other athlete can pick up your packet, no exceptions.  Every participant must sign a waiver.

All members of a relay team must check in before we will release the relay race packet.

Packet Pick-Up

Follow the steps below to ensure you have everything you need to pick up your race packet:

Bring your Photo ID

Bring your USA Triathlon (USAT) Membership Card (if applicable)

Mandatory Wristband

A wristband will be affixed to your wrist when you check-in.  This wristband designates you as an official entrant and is a mandatory security ID.  No wristband, no transition area access, no race.

You will not be allowed to remove your bicycle and gear from the transition area following the race without your wristband affixed to your wrist.  Your wristband will also get you into the post-race food and massage tent on the day of your race.  Please do not remove your wristband until after the post-race party.

Race Day Packet Pick Up

There is NO race day packet pick up UNLESS you have been granted an exception waiver by the race organizer. Please contact for more information.

Accommodation Information

Book Your Room!

Volunteer Information

Coming Soon!

Expo and Finish Festival Information

If you are looking for an opportunity to improve sales and gain exposure among triathletes and the endurance community we invite you to exhibit at the Multi-Sport Expo and Finish Festival.

Reserve You Space Today!

For further information please contact Alyssa Henning at


TriBike Transport is the Official Bike Transport Partner for the Escape Triathlon Series, and they will be offering bike shipping services for the Philadelphia Escape Triathlon.

Reserve your spot today (coming soon)


Sprint and Olympic Race - Best Place to View:

The course is great for spectators as it is very compact, but because all roads are closed, it is tough to move around.  It is easiest to move around on foot or bike.  We suggest four ideal spectator locations:

  1. Transition Area and Finish Line with parking near the Please Touch Museum in the same area as athlete parking.
  2. Art Museum area with parking near Ben Franklin Parkway and Eakins Oval.
  3. Lemon Hill with parking near Art Museum
  4. Falls Bridge area with parking in East Falls. 

Please note that spectators will not be able to drive to the swim start so if they wish to watch the start, they will need to park in the area above Kelly Drive and walk down or along the Strawberry Mansion Bridge to watch the swim start.


A triathlon race course uses open areas and public roads. As a result, it is important that spectators be conscious of their surroundings and be careful not to interfere with the athletes during the race. 

  • Follow instructions from all Race Staff, volunteers and public safety officers
  • Do not at any time, enter the race course
  • Pacing athletes is not permitted
  • Be aware of areas Off Limits to spectators
  • Do NOT lean or push on fencing
  • Use designated crosswalks only when instructed by volunteers
  • Always look both ways and behind you before crossing or changing direction
  • Keep moving in a orderly fashion
  • Racers have the right of way. Spectators MUST yield to racers in progress
  • SPECTATORS and/or FAMILY MEMBERS are NOT permitted in the Transition Area
  • Know your athlete’s race number, swim cap color, wave number, wave start time and estimated finish time
  • Have a plan to meet up with your athlete at conclusion of race
  • Leave plenty of travel time. Expect heavy traffic into Race Site and/or Parking Area


Sunday, June 24, 2018: Olympic and Sprint Race Distances

  • 3:30am Martin Luther King Drive, Sweetbriar & MLK Drive opens at 11am, MLK Drive re-opens at 5pm 
  • 4am Black Road remains closed until Sunday, June 25th re-opens at 5pm on Sunday 
  • 5:30am Kelly Drive reopens @ 11am 
  • 5:30am Falls Bridge re-opens @ 11am 
  • West Park: 4am: Greenland Drive, Chamonix Drive, re-opens at 11am 
  • East Park: 4am Dell Loop & (2) Ball Fields re-open at 11am 
  • Sedgely Drive: 5am reopens @ 11am 
  • Kelly Drive: 5am re-opens @ 11am 
  • Kelly Drive (In front of Art Museum) closes @ 4am re-opens @ 11am


Course Maps  Sprint / Olympic

Be Aware. Plan Ahead. 

Drivers are encouraged to adjust travel time within and around the race course.

The Philadelphia Triathlon will bring more than 3,000 athletes to Philadelphia, in addition to thousands of spectators, family and friends.

To get the most out of your weekend and minimize stress, be aware of the road closures in your area and plan ahead for an alternate route or added travel time.

Join the festivities! Philadelphia residents are encouraged to visit the free finish festival at Fairmount Park, volunteer the race and/or line the course to cheer athletes.

Google Maps does NOT take into account the road closures on race day. To request assistance with alternate directions please contact the Escape Series community relations team at

No Parking

Streets along the course will be marked with No Parking signs. Vehicles in violation of these posted signs will be ticketed and towed at the owners’ expense.

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