Escape From Ft. Desoto

Escape From Ft. Desoto


"Escape From Fort De Soto"
Welcome new and returning Escape participants! 2025 marks the 39th year for the Escape from Ft. De Soto Triathlon. This is a USAT sanctioned event. This year we are again proud to offer one of the best sprint triathlons in Florida, and back again is a duathlon, an AquaBike event as well!


Escape From Fort De Soto on April 5th, 2025 at 7:00AM

3500 Pinellas Bayway South
St Petersburg, FL US 33715

To those of you who have done the event before, welcome back. To those new to the event, you may be interested to know that the park is ranked one of the top-ten beaches in the United States; nine hundred unspoiled acres surround you. First timers, we anticipate that you will have a great first triathlon at Ft. De Soto.

To all, we ask that you enjoy the surroundings and please leave the park cleaner than you found it.


A bucket list race, for sure!
  • Pre / post race parties
  • First 275 entries receive custom Escape from Fort Desoto Race Socks!
  • The event is chip-timed and athletes will receive splits for each segment of the race
  • Age group awards 3 deep in ages 15-19 up to 80 and over
  • Water, Snacks, Fruits, Body Armor

We encourage you to come to come to package pickup Thursday/Friday and support our sponsors and vendors. Save the stress of race day and get your packet. Follow the signs as you come into the park on Saturday. Late pickup is available on Saturday at 5:45am, but with the number of athletes participating, we STRONGLY encourage you to come on Thursday-Friday


Outspokin Bicycles-Clearwater

2241 Gulf to Bay Blvd
St Clearwater, FL 33765

  • THURSDAY April 3th
    1:30PM TO 5:30PM

  • FRIDAY April 4th
    1:30PM TO 5:30PM

  • Race Morning April 5th
    5:45AM - 6:45AM

You must furnish a photo ID and proof of current USAT membership.


This will be a event you don't want to miss

All relay team members must be present at the same time to pick up your packet. Substitution of a relay team member will not be permitted. Closed course of racing in Ft De Soto.

USAT Sanctioned event monitored by USAT officials for your safety.

You must furnish a photo ID and proof of current USAT membership. If you do not have USAT membership you will be required to purchase a one-day license. Per our sanction agreements you can only pick up and sign the waiver for yourself. You are not able to pick up someone else's packet.

Race Day Parking

Race day parking is at THE FORT. Follow the signs, sheriff deputies will be on hand to guide you to the lot. You can NOT leave the parking area during the event so do not try to. If you have family or relatives coming to watch they must be in the park by 6:45am since all roads will be closed during the event.

Parking Info: Park patrons may now use their mobile phones to make convenient parking payments. This upgrade will replace cash transactions at the front entrance booth at Fort De Soto and alleviate traffic entering the park. Learn more...

Transition Area Access

The transition area will be open on race day from 5:45 am – 6:45 am only. Any athlete, including relay team members, who arrives after 6:45 a.m. will not have access to the transition area. You will not be allowed access to the transition area to reclaim your bicycle and gear until after the last athlete has started the run (approximately 9:30 am). It will be announced when transition is opened. NOT Before.


Fort De Soto

3500 Pinellas Bayway South
St Petersburg, FL US 33715

  • The Sprint Distance is a 1/2 Mile Swim, a 10 Mile Bike, and a 5k Run on a marked course
  • The Duathlon is 1.5 Mile Run, a 10 mile bike, and a 5k Run on a marked course.
  • The Aqua-Bike is 1/2 Mile Swim and a 10 mile bike.


Fort De Soto Triathlon

Reserves the right in the event of inclement weather, emergency, or natural disaster to cancel the race or move to a later time. In the event of cancellation, there will be no refund of entry fees. However, the USAT fee, if pre-paid, will be refunded.



Escape From Ft. Desoto

Upcoming Dates

Event Info:

  • 4/5/2025
  • 7:00
  • Fort Desoto
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