IMG Worldwide, the global sports, media and events company behind the annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon series has announced that the 33rd Annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon will take place on Sunday 3 March 2013. The earlier than usual race date is due to the 2013 America’s Cup yachting race, which is taking over the San Francisco area from April next year.
Several events that would normally take place on the Marina Green and/or within the waterfront areas of San Francisco have been cancelled or rescheduled for 2013, to accommodate the esteemed 2013 America’s Cup.
Next March, the world’s top athletes and more than 2,000 racers from around the globe will take over the streets and waters of San Francisco for the prestigious and iconic international triathlon. The famous race course features a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shore, an 18-mile bike race and an 8-mile run through San Francisco.
Water temperatures and weather averages will be slightly cooler in March (water – low 50s F and air – high 50s F), compared to June (water – mid 50s and air low 60s).
“A significant amount of events have been cancelled in San Francisco for the 2013 calendar year to accommodate the America’s Cup,” said IMG Senior Vice President James Leitz. “We are very fortunate to have a close relationship with the City and Parks of San Francisco who understand the importance of keeping San Francisco’s most iconic events on the calendar for 2013.
“The air and water may be a bit cooler but we’ve seen similar temperatures in June in the past during this race and we will work around the clock to produce another safe and successful event.”
The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon lottery opens on Saturday 1 September 2012 and closes on Wednesday 26 October 2012. The first drawing for race entries will take place on Saturday 29 September and the second drawing on Saturday 27 October.