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Surf City Escape Triathlon

Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 24.8mi, Run 6.2mi
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**This event will not be held in 2019 due to low registration numbers**

The Olympic distance Surf City Escape Triathlon will begin with a challenging 1-mile 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 world 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 ride, 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 on to the pristine beach for a deep sand run then back to the spectator-friendly beachfront start/transition/finish.

The 2018 race will close out the 2017-2018 Escape Series Qualifying process with valuable slots being awarded to the top three finishers in each age group to the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz in San Francisco. Top age group finishers will receive a FREE slot into this prestigious race. Chosen by many as the most iconic triathlon in the world today, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon is the ultimate bucket list event for any endurance athlete.

How to enter the Surf City Escape Triathlon

  1. Surf City Escape Tri

    Triathlon: Swim 1.5km, Bike 24.8mi, Run 6.2mi

Surf City Escape Triathlon route


This beautiful course will travel through some of the most picturesque sections of Huntington Beach. The start/finish area and the transition area will be located just off of the Pacific Coast Highway – half mile south of the famed Huntington Beach Pier. The Olympic AquaBike will follow the same swim and bike course as the Olympic Triathlon.


The 1500 meter swim will be a point-to-point course in the Pacific Ocean. The swim will conclude with a short run through the sand which will lead into the transition area.


After exiting the transition area, athletes will start the two loop, 40k, bike course along Pacific Coast Highway. Each loop of the bike course will consist of long flat stretches with a turnaround at each end. After the second loop, athletes will make a left hand turn into the transition area.


After exiting the transition area, athletes will head west parallel to Pacific Coast Highway to begin the one lap run course.  After approximately the first mile, athletes will then make a slight left then right to continue the run on the Huntington Beach bike path. Athletes will continue on the Huntington Beach bike path until reaching Seapoint Street. At Seapoint, athletes will make a left hand turn and head down the bluff onto the sand. For the next quarter of a mile, athletes will continue on the sand until returning again to the Huntington Beach bike path. The course will be extremely well marked for directions and will offer water/aid stations every mile.

Event Details

The Surf City Escape Triathlon Fitness Festival will be the center of attraction surrounding a weekend of festivities on April 21 & 22, 2018. Athletes and fans alike will attend the Expo looking for the latest in training products, services, accessories, and events.  The Expo will be held in the beach parking lot across the street from the Waterfront Beach Resort.


You will receive your race bib, bike helmet number, bike number, wristband, timing chip, gear bag sticker, swim cap, custom built race bag, and participant tee.

You will be REQUIRED to present a photo ID and either show proof of your USAT membership or have paid for a one-day license.  Non-USAT members who did not pay for the fee at the time of online registration will need to pay the $15 one-day license fee at Packet Pick Up.  If you have misplaced your USAT membership card, you can download a temporary card by logging into your USAT account at

No other athlete can pick up your packet, no exceptions.  Every participant must sign a waiver.

All members of a relay team must check in before we will release the relay race packet.

Packet Pick-Up

Follow the steps below to ensure you have everything you need to pick up your race packet:

Bring your Photo ID

Bring your USA Triathlon (USAT) Membership Card (if applicable)

Mandatory Wristband

A wristband will be affixed to your wrist when you check-in.  This wristband designates you as an official entrant and is a mandatory security ID.  No wristband, no transition area access, no race.

You will not be allowed to remove your bicycle and gear from the transition area following the race without your wristband affixed to your wrist.  Your wristband will also get you into the post-race food and massage tent on the day of your race.  Please do not remove your wristband until after the post-race party.

Age Group (Standard)

The standard division for participants is the Age Group division, athletes will compete in their respective age group. For more Age Group division information please see the USAT Official Rules. Please email: [email protected] if you have any questions.

Relay Teams

For those who prefer to race just one element of the triathlon both the sprint event and the Olympic event is offering a relay division.  Relay teams will consist of two to three members, each member will complete one segment of the event and “pass the baton” to the next member in the Transition Zone. There are no age groups for the relay division, all relay racers will compete for the fastest overall time.


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The Escape Series Triathlon, launched by IMG, is a qualifying series for the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, offering unique and challenging short course races in 5 U.S. cities. These serve as qualifiers for the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.


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