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Elite Field of Professional Triathletes set to compete in Nation's Escape Triathlon

WASHINGTON, D.C. – (August 8, 2018) IMG, a global leader in sports, events, media and fashion, today announced the field of professional athletes set to compete in the 2018 Nation’s Escape Triathlon taking place on Sunday, September 9. Professional triathlete Andy Potts, the official coach of the Escape Triathlon Series will be competing. Potts represented the United States in the 2004 Olympics, is a seven-time IRONMAN champion, 28-time IRONMAN 70.3 champion and a six-time Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon champion.


The pro line-up also includes: 2008 Beijing Olympian Jarrod Shoemaker, current Escape Triathlon Series points leader Cameron Dye, 2017 Nation’s Escape Triathlon champion Sarah Haskins, 2018 IRONMAN 70.3 Costa Rica champion Lauren Goss and more.


“I'm excited to return to Washington D.C. and defend my title,” said 2017 Nation’s Escape Triathlon Champion Sarah Haskins. “It is always a special feeling, to swim, bike and run amongst our nation’s awe-inspiring memorials and monuments, it really takes your breath away.”


The pros will join nearly 2,000 amateur triathletes for the 13th year of this annual event. Professional athletes have qualified to race through the Escape Triathlon Series. Pros set to compete in the 2018 Nation’s Escape Triathlon include:


Matt Alford

Adam Brumley

James Capparell

Brian Duffy Jr.

Davide Giardini

Cameron Dye

Jonathan Echevers

Jack Felix

Jackson Laundry

Hunter Lussi

Chris Lutz

Gabriel Manner

Ernie Mantell

Levi Maxwell

Daniel Pearson

Andy Potts

Steve Rosinski

Jarrod Shoemaker

Jeremy Stagg Nicholas Sterghos

Timothy Winslow

Matthew Wisthoff


Liz Baugher

Sophie Chase

Cecilia Davis-Hayes

Lauren Goss

Sarah Haskins

Kaitlyn Kramer

Sarah Lester

Kristen Marchant

Julie Patterson

Rachel Pearson

Maddy Pesch

Kearci Smith

Erin Storie

Laurel Wassner

Rebeccah Wassner 

West Potomac Park will host the challenging Olympic distance race, which will take participants on a 1.5k swim in the historic Potomac River past the Arlington Cemetery and under the Memorial Bridge; a 40k bike ride past the Washington Monument, Lincoln Memorial, WWII Memorial and Kennedy Center; and on a challenging 10k single loop run past the Jefferson Memorial, National Holocaust Museum, U.S. Mint, Tidal Basin and more. The sprint distance race will feature a 750m swim, a 26K bike ride and a 5k run, along the same course. The Nation’s Escape Triathlon is recognized as a bucket list race for triathletes, featuring one of the only opportunities for athletes to swim in the Potomac River and amid D.C.’s historical landmarks.


The Nation’s Escape Triathlon serves as a qualifier for the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The first-place male and female finisher in each Olympic age group are given access to a coveted entry slot into the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon (entry fee is the responsibility of the racer). For additional information, visit or follow and @EscapeSeriesTri on Instagram and Twitter.


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.



DeeDee Taft

Spin Communications

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