Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Escape from Alcatraz


The Accenture Escape From AlcatrazSM Triathlon course includes a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. The race continues with an 18 mile bike ride out the Great Highway, through the Golden Gate Park, and concludes with an 8 mile run through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The finish is at The Marina Green.

I just thought this picture was way cool. This race is on most weekend warrior triathlete wish lists. I believe the only way you can get in is through a lottery. There are 1800 racers. You actually swim (jumping off a boat just off the island) in the Bay with the sharks and 55degree water with a current averaging 3 knots. A fellow triclub member did this race 3 weeks ago and took this picture of Alcatraz as he was about 5 minutes into the swim. Can you imagine?

2 Comments:

Blogger PJ said...

This picture is really freaky!!! I think this tri would be a total head game. What did your friend have to say about it? Was the water as scary as it seems to be or does swimming with so many other people help? Alcatraz has always intrigued me...cool that they do a tri there. I don't think I've seen this one on your "to do" list...is it there?

8:36 AM  
Blogger TWORIVERSWALRUS said...

We went to Alcatraz two years ago. It was incredibly windy and freezing. And that was in June!

We've all heard the stories about the water and the escape attempts. I can't begin to imagine swimming there for any length of time. Power to anyone who could pull that off.

9:08 AM  

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