Details Announced for Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon Collegiate Escape

7 Jun, 2019


IMG has announced US Air Force Special Operations Recruiting as the official military partner of the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and the title sponsor of the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon Collegiate Escape, set to be held on Sunday, June 9, in San Francisco.

The US Air Force Collegiate Escape serves as a race within the race, where teams from colleges and universities from around the United States compete for a legacy trophy.

Undergraduate and graduate student triathletes will represent their college or university in teams of five. All participants will be scored in their respective race division, but only three of the five times will be counted towards the team’s overall time. The collegiate team with the fastest averaged combined time will win the US Air Force Collegiate Escape.

The winning team will take an engraved legacy trophy back to their school and also receive one complimentary team entry to compete in the 2020 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

Participating schools include: Stanford University; University of California, Berkeley; University of California San Diego, Texas Tech University; Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC); and Naval Post Graduate School.

On race day and throughout race weekend, participating athletes and fans will also be invited to visit the ‘Air Force Special Ops Commando Experience’, an immersive experience showcasing what it takes to make it in Air Force Special Operations.

From physical military workouts to a virtual reality simulation of freefall parachuting into a combat mission, the experience will seek to test both mental and physical strength.

Additionally, the US Air Force Sand Ladder activation will track athletes’ split times as they make their way up the gruelling 400-step sand ladder on the race course. A leaderboard will be positioned in the Fitness Festival & Expo to track and identify the fastest split time during the race.

“US Air Force Special Operations Recruiting is excited to partner with Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon for this iconic race,” said Lt Col Heath Kerns, commander of the 330th Recruiting Squadron. “Air Force Special Ops Warriors are forged in the fires of adversity. They constantly seek greater challenges to refine and define themselves by the ardour of their path.

“Triathletes are blessed with the same curse to crave that next challenge. For triathletes it is not enough to just swim, bike or run. They combine all three to push themselves to be stronger, faster, and tougher. These collegiate competitors understand how hard work, dedication and teamwork will help them do extremely well in this competition and that’s exactly what the Air Force is all about, intense training and working together to accomplish our objective.”

The 330th RCS is the only recruiting squadron focused solely on scouting, developing and guiding future recruits in special operations and combat support jobs such as Tactical Air Control Party, Pararescue, Combat Control, Special Reconnaissance, Explosive Ordnance Disposal and Survival, Evasion, Resistance, Escape specialists.

Top triathletes from around the world will take over the streets and waters of San Francisco for the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Showcasing San Francisco, triathletes will embark on a gruelling 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shoreline of Marina Green.

This is followed by an 18-mile twisting bike ride through the Presidio, an eight-mile trail run out to Baker Beach and up the infamous 400-plus step Sand Ladder. Fans can experience the racing at Marina Green, where the swim exit, athlete transition area and finish line are visible. The triathlon will draw 2,000 racers from around the world, including 2018 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon Champions Ben Kanute and Sarah Haskins.



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