Could you escape from Alcatraz? Every year athletes try to do just that in a legendary race. The Escape From Alcatraz Triathalon began in 1981 and has since grown into something larger than life for participants.
The triathalon begins on Alcatraz island with a 1.5 mile swim through the icy waters of the Bay. From there participants will have an 18 mile bike ride through rugged terrain. To finish the race, there is an 8 mile run through the Golden Gate Recreational Area.
Thousands of participants come from all over the world to find out if they have the guts and ambition to finish the grueling race. Not every athlete will cross the finish line, some will fall prey to the frigid waters of the Bay, others will succumb to heat exhaustion, while others may quit due to injuries. All will feel the thrill of just being able to join in, others will be able to tell their friends and family that they not only joined, but finished the monster of a triathalon.
Triathalons are not new. Many such races have been in vogue for decades. As athletes push themselves further to test their limits, longer and harder races were developed. There are hundreds of such races around the world and thousands of athletes will test themselves at each one. Some athletes are so dedicated to becoming famous or pushing their limits that they will travel around the globe in order to participant in as many as possible.
There are different ways to join the race. To register you must pay a fee. Individuals pay $400, relay teams pay $1050. You can pay with cash, check, Visa, or Mastercard. The board has a no refund policy. Prizes are awarded based on age group and placement in the race. Each time the race is held, 1700 participants can race.
Some interesting notes about the race: there is wildlife in the San Francisco Bay such as sharks, seals, and sea lions. The official FAQ for the site explains that the sharks living in the Bay are small and live near the bottom. These small sharks are not interested in the swimmers and any large sharks are very uncommon as they do not like the type of water in the Bay. Seals and sea lions may investigate or watch swimmers in the race, but are not dangerous.
All participants will receive a Finisher’s medal when they cross the finish line. They are also give plenty of water and if the athlete wishes, Muscle Milk is provided for everyone. For every person participating there is medical care and massage. There is a catered meal for all participants when they have finished the race. The meal has fruits and carbohydrates to help replenish and nourish athletes. If any aid is needed before the end of the race, there are aid stations every mile along the trails.
If you are planning to register for the race, you can find more information regarding the history, previous winners, and registration information on the official Escape From Alcatraz Triathalon website.
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