Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon
For those looking for a special challenge in a unique location, the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon has it all. A testing swim across San Francisco bay, a challenging bike ride across the famous Golden Gate Bridge, and finishing it off with a run through the beautiful trails of the San Francisco area of natural beauty.
Alcatraz was an infamous prison from 1934-1963 and housed some of North America's most notorious criminals, including Al Capone and Frank Lee Morris, the latter of whom managed to make a great escape in 1962 and was never seen again. This challenging triathlon gives top athletes the remarkable opportunity to do the impossible and 'escape from Alcatraz'.
The race attracts some of the world's top triathletes from Olympic gold medal winners to Ironman winners, with 2013's winner being legendary triathlete Javier Gomez Noya. This course is not for the fainthearted and anyone taking on the challenge will need to train hard! Starting with a dive off The San Francisco Belle into the icy cold waters of the bay, the triathletes must navigate a 1.8-mile swim through choppy waters in 12 degrees (55F).
Then it's on to the 18-mile bike course which features steep hills but also some of the areas most famous landmarks. Finally, athletes must complete a gruelling 8-mile run through San Francisco's recreational area. Definitely not for the fainthearted, this run features steep stairs and rough terrain making for an unforgettable finish to this race.