Philadelphia Area Native Jason West Wins 2017 Philadelphia Escape Triathlon™
Philadelphia – (June 26, 2017) On Sunday, June 25, nearly 1,500 amateur and professional athletes endured a modified racecourse due to the cancellation of the swim, to compete in the 13th annual Philadelphia Escape Triathlon™. Born and raised in Pennsylvania, Penn State graduate Jason West and Alicia Kaye from Clermont, Florida took first place honors in the men and women’s pro division. To ensure the safety of the athletes, city and race officials cancelled the 1.5k swim portion of the triathlon because of unsafe water conditions from extremely strong river flow and increased debris in the river caused by the recent heavy rain. The modified racecourse included a 2-mile run, a 40k bike (24.8 mile bike) and a 4.2-mile run through Fairmount Park and the surrounding areas.
Jason West, Boulder, CO 1:29:09
Alicia Kaye, Clermont, Fl 1:41:12
Ben Kanute, Tuscon, AZ 1:29:29
Cecilia Davis-Hayes, New York, NY 1:42:59
Cameron Dye, Boulder, CO 1:29:32
Kristen Marchant, Brampton, OT 1:43:42
“It was a great feeling to race and win my first big triathlon as a pro here in my hometown amongst my family and friends,” said 2017 Philadelphia Escape Triathlon Winner Jason West. “It felt amazing to hear everyone cheering all along the course. I was disappointed the swim was cancelled because I have really been working hard on my swim, but I ended up having the best bike leg of my life. Racing alongside my mentor Cameron Dye and Rio Olympian Ben Kanute during the final run was really special.”
The modified race format started at 6:30 a.m., with the male pros then female pros, followed by the age group racers released in waves. Dye, the previous four-time Philadelphia Triathlon Champion was first off the bike with 2017 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon Champion Kanute in second and West close behind. All three were neck and neck in the final run with West pulling into to the lead in the last mile.
“The cancellation of the swim didn’t affect me, it has been cancelled before at this race and I realized we are all in the same boat,” said 2017 Philadelphia Escape Triathlon Champion Alicia Kaye. “This was a really strong field of women that really challenged me and pushed me. I am thrilled to take the win today.”
New this year, the Philadelphia Escape Triathlon is serving as a qualifier for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The top three finishers per age group will receive coveted entry slots into the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. First place finishers in each age group will win a complimentary race entry.
The Philadelphia Escape Triathlon is owned and produced by Premier Event Management. For more information and full race results, visit www.escapeseriestri.com/philadelphia-escape or follow on www.facebook.com/EscapeSeriesTri
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