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March 05, 2018

Surf City Escape Triathlon Professional Athlete Lineup Announced

LOS ANGELES – (March 5, 2018) IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, today announced the field of professional athletes set to compete in the inaugural Surf City Escape Triathlon, taking place on Sunday, April 22, in Huntington Beach. More than 30 professional athletes will compete for a $20,000 prize purse and a coveted slot in the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. This race will serve as the final qualifier for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The pros will join hundreds of athletes for this inaugural event. Professional triathletes set to compete in the 2018 Surf City Escape Triathlon include:

Men:

Guto Antunes

Chris Berg

Brian Duffy Jr.

Cam Dye

Jonathan Echevers

Ryan Fisher

Ian Hoover-Grinde

Sean Jefferson

Eric Lagerstrom

Jim Lubinski

Chris Lutz

Ernest Mantell

Matt McElroy

Adam O’Connor

Jarrod Shoemaker

Jeremy Stagg

Robby Webster

Jason West

Timothy Winslow

 

Women:

Erika Ackerlund

Ellie Abrahamson

Mary Alex England

Sarah Alexander

Sophie Chase

Paula Findlay

Lauren Goss

Sarah Haskins

Heather Jackson

Lindsey Jerdonek

Carly Johann

Alicia Kaye

Kelly O’Mara

Kearci Smith

Erin Storie 

Current Escape Triathlon Series point leader Jason West will be competing in the event, marking his very first time racing in California. “I’ve heard the surf can get pretty big in California, which could definitely make for an exciting swim for both the athletes and the spectators,” said West. “I had an incredible season last year and look forward to racing among such an impressive list of pro athletes in the Surf City Escape Triathlon.”

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 6.2-mile run will turn up the challenge as it takes athletes along the beach for a partial deep sand run then back to the spectator-friendly beachfront finish area.

“I am looking forward to kicking off my 2018 season at the inaugural Surf City Escape Triathlon,” said current Escape Triathlon Series point leader Sarah Haskins. “I love racing in California because of the great weather and perfect racing conditions. I can't wait to get out on the start line after a long winter block of training.”

As part of the Escape Triathlon Series, 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 receive a complimentary race entry. The Escape Triathlon Series Leaderboard tracks the progress of the pros via a point system on the official Escape Series website. 

CLICK HERE to register for Surf City Escape Triathlon!

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