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IMG To Launch New Surf City Escape Triathlon in Huntington Beach, California

New Race to Take Place on April 22 as Last Chance Qualifier for 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

LOS ANGELES (December 8, 2017) – IMG, the global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, today announced the addition of an all-new event to the 2017 Escape Triathlon Series, the Surf City Escape Triathlon. Set to take place on Sunday, April 22, 2018, in Huntington Beach, California, this race will serve as the last chance qualifier for the iconic 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The event will offer an Olympic distance race with a pro field and $20,000 prize purse, as well as Olympic, Sprint and Aqua Bike race categories for age group participants. Registration for the new event will open on Wednesday, December 13.


The Olympic distance Surf City Escape Triathlon will begin with a challenging 1-mile open water swim in the Pacific Ocean, entering through the same beach break as the world-renowned U.S. Open of Surfing. Triathletes will swim along the shoreline with the backdrop of the famous Huntington Beach Pier. A 12-mile, double-loop bike course will then take athletes along the breathtaking Pacific Coast Highway. Showcasing the Pacific Ocean coastline, the entire course is flat and fast. Coveted road closures along Pacific Coast Highway will allow athletes plenty of room for a safe, fast ride and for spectators to capture all the action. The final 6.2-mile run will turn up the challenge as it takes athletes to the pristine beach for a deep sand run then back to the spectator-friendly beachfront start/transition/finish.


“The City of Huntington Beach is an amazing partner, and we couldn’t have asked for a more picturesque backdrop than Surf City USA,” said James Leitz, Senior Vice President, Action Sports and Mass Participation, IMG. “Any time you combine swim, bike and run with sun, sand and surf, you’ve created a one-of-a-kind experience.”


The inaugural Surf City Escape Triathlon will award the top three finishers per age group coveted entry slots into the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. First place finishers in each age group will win a complimentary race entry. For more information visit, or follow on and @escapeseriestri on Instagram and Twitter.

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About IMG

IMG is a global leader in sports, fashion, events and media, operating in more than 30 countries. The company manages some of the world’s greatest sports figures and fashion icons; stages hundreds of live events and branded entertainment experiences annually; and is a leading independent producer and distributor of sports and entertainment media. IMG also specializes in sports training and league development, as well as marketing, media and licensing for brands, sports organizations and collegiate institutions. IMG is part of the Endeavor (formerly WME | IMG) network.



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