Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
Race Type: Triathlon
Bike Surface: Road
Course: 1.5 mile swim, 18 mile bike, 8 mile run
Start: 7:30 AM
Location: San Francisco, California
Address: Marina Green on Marina Blvd
Individual Price: $400
Team Price: $350/leg
Course Info: SWIM
The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon begins with a 7:30am plunge from the ferry, into the icy cold water between the San Francisco Piers and Alcatraz Island. The boat is quite hot with 1000+ wet suit clad participants surrounding you, so we suggest you bring fluids. The currents, ebbs, and available dates make it difficult to determine the exact starting point. Participants are unloaded from the boat in less than 6 minutes. It is quite a rush when you take the leap, like a paratrooper from a plane, for the 1.5 mile swim. The swim finish is at the Marina Green Beach adjacent to the St. Francis Yacht Club. Triathletes face the risks of strong currents, treacherous 55 degree waters and two ton sea lions. Wetsuits and hoods are strongly recommended.
Upon exiting the water at the Marina Green Beach, triathletes proceed to the first transition area where they will switch to running shoes and warm clothing for the 1 mile warm-up run to the Marina Green. This run will take them beside the St. Francis Yacht Club, South on the Little Marina Green, and East on the sidewalk of Marina Blvd to the bike transition area.
Mounting their bikes at the Marina Green, triathletes will begin the out-and-back 18 mile ride heading west into Crissy Field via Marina Boulevard. They will climb onto Lincoln Blvd., traveling through the Presidio onto Camino del Mar. They will then climb up the hill to the Palace of the Legion of Honor. They will come down the hill and make a hard right turn onto Clement Street and ride west to Seal Rock Drive. They will make a sharp down hill left turn onto 48th street and then a right turn west on Point Lobos Drive; and ride South on The Great Highway to Golden Gate Park. Triathletes will enter Golden Gate Park from Lincoln Way onto Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. They will veer left on Middle Drive and go to about the center or the park. They will then turn left on Transverse Drive and make another left turn onto John F. Kennedy Drive; and ride back to the Great Highway on the north side of the park. After going north on The Great Highway, they will retrace their course back to the Marina Green for the transition to the run. Triathletes risk disqualification for drafting and forward motion to the left of demarcation cones.
On tired legs, the triathletes will begin the 8 mile run to Baker Beach Battery by leaving the Marina Green, running West into Crissy Field to Fort Point below the Golden Gate Bridge. From Fort Point they battle the Presidio Headlands up and under the Golden Gate Bridge through the tunnel and onto the Coast Trail. Runners will be next to the Coastal Defense Batteries (Gunnery Locations from the turn of the century) until they reach Lincoln Boulevard, just past Battery Dynamite. They parallel Lincoln Blvd. on the narrow trail above the Coastal Bluffs to Baker Beach, where they return to the shoreline below. They will encounter the deep sand of Baker Beach through the turn around point until they reach the dreaded Sand Ladder (400 steps up the cliff). This experience will drain the legs of even the best professionals, as there is nothing like it anywhere in the sport of triathlon. More than one triathlete has used the hand cable to help them walk up the stairs. The stairs are to the run what the currents and waves are to the swim. After reaching the top of the Sand Ladder, runners will go left on the Coast Trail and back to the Finish line via Lincoln Blvd. They will then cross back under the Golden Gate Bridge and get to sea level, it is just a matter of endurance to the Finish Line.
More: 2013 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
On March 3, triathletes from around the globe will descend on San Francisco for one chance to attempt the impossible – ESCAPE from Alcatraz. The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon attracts World Champions, Olympic Medalists and the best amateur triathletes from 50 states and over 40 countries. They will put their endurance to the ultimate test as they take on San Francisco’s icy waters, steep hills, and rugged terrain. Consistently ranked #1 in the US by Inside Triathlon Magazine, this event draws thousands each summer to find out who has what it takes to ESCAPE!
The 2013 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon features a 1.5-mile swim through frigid waters from Alcatraz Island to the shores of the St. Francis Yacht Club, a grueling 18-mile bike ride, and a demanding 8-mile run through the trails of the Golden Gate Recreational Area. Set against the natural beauty of San Francisco, this thrilling triathlon is a virtual postcard of the City by the Bay.
The Fitness Festival and Expo is featured on Saturday and Sunday at Marina Green in San Francisco. This two-day festival offers the opportunity for sampling, product giveaways, product displays, sweepstakes, and other promotions. Included in the fitness festival are a food court, beer garden, and experiential vendor displays.
Join us this spring in San Francisco as the world watches the best try to ESCAPE from Alcatraz!
Since 1980, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon has enticed top professional and amateur triathletes to attempt the impossible – ESCAPE from Alcatraz. The course has remained virtually unchanged in its 32 year history. The course and the lore surrounding it brings top competitors back each year to try and get their top finish added to the annals of Escape history. This is not your average triathlon and it never will be. This event prides itself on the sub average water conditions, rough road terrain and sandy climbs that one must endure to complete this race. Successfully finishing this event guarantees bragging rights among fellow triathletes and will leave even your most athletic friends in awe!
Touted as a "legendary” race within the triathlon community, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon traditionally draws top international triathletes to the competition. The World's top triathletes and recognizable names that competed and won in the past include:
Andy Potts (USA) 2007, 2008 & 2009 Champion, 2007 USA National Champion, 2007 70.3 World Champion, 2007 Pan American Games Gold, 2006 ITU Team World Champion, 2004 Olympic Athlete
Matt Reed (USA) 2006 Champion
2007 St. Anthony's Champion (Course Record), 2006 ITU Team World Champion, 3rd Place USA Nationals 2006
Hunter Kemper (USA) 2005 Champion
1st Place World Cup Championships 2005, Male Triathlete of the Year 2005 by USOC
Simon Lessing (AUS) 2003, 2004 Champion
Leanda Cave (GBR) 2007 & 2008 Champion
2007 Bradenton Tri One O One Champion
Becky Lavelle (USA) 2006 Champion
2007, USA Long Course National Champion, 2006 TriCalifornia Series Champion, 2006 Treasure Island Champion, 2006 Tinley's Adventures Champion
Susan Williams (USA) 2005 Champion
Michellie Jones (USA) 2004 Champion
Barb Lindquist (USA) 2003 Champion
Directions: PLANES, TRAINS, AUTOMOBILES, & BIKES
What airport should I fly in to for the event?
SFO – San Francisco International Airport www.flysfo.com
Directions from SFO to Event Site
OAK – Oakland International Airport www.flyoakland.com
Directions from OAK to Event Site
What is the best way to ship my bicycle to San Francisco?
Check event website for bike transportation options.
What hotels are close enough to bike to the event?
The Official Hotel of the event is the Hyatt Fisherman’s Wharf. www.fishermanswharf.hyatt.com
What is the best way to get around town?
Ride your bike – San Francisco is a bike friendly town! Learn more
San Francisco Cable Cars
Where can I park on race day?
Crissy Field, just a couple miles past the Marina Green. Take the Presidio/Crissy Field exit off 101 and park under the freeway. No parking is allowed at Marina Green or on Marina Blvd. All vehicles parked in restricted areas will be towed prior to the start of the race.
Register: Click here
Website: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
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