The 34th Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon begins Sunday, June 1 at 7:30 a.m. with a 1.5 mile swim from a barge off of Alcatraz into the beach next to the St. Francis Yacht Club followed by an 18-mile bike ride through Golden Gate Park and an 8-mile run through San Francisco.
Some 2,000 triathletes and relay teams from 45 countries are scheduled to compete.
Spain’s Javier Gomez Noya and American Heather Jackson won last years’ contest which was held in March and also saw the death of 46-year-old competitor Ross Ehlinger.
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The Rock is home to the first west coast lighthouse and was originally a U.S. Army fort and prison from 1850-1934 before its 29-year tenure as a famous maximum security penitentiary. It was occupied by American Indians in 1969 and is currently operated by the National Park Service.
Here are some of the storylines to keep an eye on at tomorrow’s event:
Five-time champion Andy Potts seeks his sixth Alcatraz title while four-time women’s champ Leanda Cave goes for her fifth.
New Zealand’s two-time Olympic medalist Bevan Docherty, who recently won the Texas Ironman, is among the top competitors this year.
New Balance triathlete and reigning Ironman world champion Mirinda Carfrae will participate for the first time.
Jim Oury, a 76-year-old retired surgeon, is making his fourth consecutive triathlon appearance.
After a five-year break, San Francisco’s Nelda Williams, 65, looks to set a a new record in the 65-69 age bracket.
Attorney and former Georgia basketball player Tom Withers, 57, is up for another challenge in tomorrow’s race.
The relay team headlined by celebrity chef Michael Chiarello, professional surfer Sunny Garcia and former Goo Goo Dolls drummer Mike Malinin is also sure to draw attention.
For more information and race results visit the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon website: www.escapefromalcatraztriathlon.com