West and Kaye fly in Philly

Despite a cancelled swim Jason West managed to win a tight race while Alicia Kaye ran and biked her way to the women's title.

| June 26, 2017 | NEWS

Alicia Kaye takes the Philadelphia Escape Triathlon.

Alicia Kaye takes the Philadelphia Escape Triathlon.

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Heavy rain forced officials to cancel the swim at this weekend's 13th annual Philadelphia Escape Triathlon, but the lack of a swim didn't slow down Americans Alicia Kaye and Jason West over the 3.2 km run/ 40 km bike/ and 6.8 km run event.

West (1:29:09) finished just seconds ahead of Ben Kanute (1:29:29) and Cameron Dye (1:29:32) to make it an all-USA podium for the men.

West, who now lives in Boulder, Colorado, is originally from Philadelphia.

“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,” West said. “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.”

Kaye (1:41:12) enjoyed a bit more of a gap on fellow American Cecilia Davis-Hayes (1:42:59) and Canadian Kristen Marchant (1:43:42).

“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 Kaye. “This was a really strong field of women that really challenged me and pushed me. I am thrilled to take the win today.”

Nearly 1,500 athletes took part in the event that takes place in Philadelphia's famous Fairmount Park and the surrounding area and serves as a qualifier for the 2018 Escape from Alcatraz event.

Jason West.

Jason West.

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