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This weekend’s Johnson & Johnson TriRock Philadelphia Triathlon presented by Philadelphia Insurance Companies (PHLY) welcomes back 2014 winners Cameron Dye and Alicia Kaye to compete against a pro field for a total prize purse of $25,000.
As one of the few Olympic-distance races left with a professional prize purse—many have unfortunately been eliminated this year—each winner will receive $6,000 for earning the title.
American Alicia Kaye has had a strong first half of the year at the Ironman 70.3 distance leading up to this weekend’s race, with a victory at Ironman 70.3 Boulder two weeks ago and three top-five finishes at 70.3 events this year (Oceanside, St. George, Mont-Tremblant), in addition to a win at April’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon. Her main competition will be in Olympian Sarah Haskins (USA), who has won this event in the past. Haskins has won all three races she’s started this year (ITU Clermont Draft-Legal Challenge, Ironman 70.3 Puerto Rico, Ironman 70.3 Eagelman). Sisters Laurel and Rebeccah Wassner, who both placed in the top five last year, will be contending for podium spots as well.
Going for his fourth-straight win in Philadelphia is Cameron Dye, who has won Challenge Knoxville and St. Anthony’s in 2015 and is a three-time Lifetime Fitness Series Title winner. He’ll be up against a men’s field that includes Pennsylvania native Andrew Yoder, who will look to show off his bike strength on the technical course. Young second-year pro Jason West (USA) will look to better his fifth-place position from 2014.
The event features a sprint race on Saturday along with the age-group race on Sunday, with more than 3,500 participants expected to participate. The Challenged Athletes Foundation also has a large presence at the event, with athletes racing to raise funds to support their mission to provide grants for adaptive sporting equipment, training and race expenses for challenged athletes.
The urban course starts with a point-to-point swim followed by a technical bike course and flat run mostly on Martin Luther King Drive. Competing this weekend? Read tips on the course from last year’s winners here.