Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
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Come along to San Francisco for this epic Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Suited for experienced triathletes, the course consists of a 1.5 mile swim, a tough 18-mile cycle, and finally a formidable 8 mile run. Sign up to compete with the World's best athletes.
Alcatraz Aquathlon and Alcatraz Triathlon
Sat, Jun 4, 2022 - Sun, Jun 5, 2022
San Francisco, United States
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Based on 2,000 participants
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Where and when
51 Marina Green Dr, San Francisco, CA 94123, USA
Sun, Jun 5, 2022
Sat, Jun 4, 2022
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The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon begins with a 7:30 am plunge from the San Francisco Belle into the icy cold water adjacent to Alcatraz Island. Participants are unloaded from the boat in less than 8 minutes. It is quite a rush when you take the leap from the ferry for the 1.5 mile swim. Triathletes will face strong currents and 55 degree water temperatures. Wetsuits and hoods are recommended. The swim finish is at the Marina Green Beach adjacent to and west of the St. Francis Yacht Club.
Upon exiting the water at the Marina Green Beach, triathletes proceed to a mini-transition area where they have the option to dry off and put on running shoes for the half 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 main transition area at Marina Green.
Mounting their bikes at the Marina Green, triathletes will begin the out-and-back 18-mile ride by heading west toward Crissy Field via Marina Boulevard. They will climb to Lincoln Blvd. traveling through the Presidio to 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 on Clement Street and ride west to Seal Rock Drive. They will make a sharp downhill 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 John F. Kennedy Drive onto Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. 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 the 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 toward 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 run 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 to the turn-around point and back until they reach the dreaded Equinox Sand Ladder (400 steps up the cliff). This experience will drain the legs of even the best professionals. Runners are urged to use 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 Equinox Sand Ladder, runners will go left on the Coast Trail and back to the finish line via Lincoln Blvd. Runners will follow their path back under the Golden Gate Bridge, pass Crissy Field, and finish in the grass at Marina Green among thousands of cheering fans.
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- Finisher’s Medal
- Muscle Milk will be available
- Medical aid on-site
- Massage assistance
- Each participant will be treated to a catered meal upon finishing
How to get there
51 Marina Green Dr, San Francisco, CA 94123, USAGet full directions
Take exit 437 off the US-101 to reach the event.
There are a number of parking lots available within walking distance of the event.
There will be shuttles running from Marina Green to the start line both mornings.
On Sunday morning, there will be a boat to bring participants to Alcatraz.
Event day logistics
4:30pm to 8:30pm Aquathlon Packet Pick Up at Sports Basement at Presidio
5pm to 8pm Aquathlon Athlete Meeting Options
5:30pm to 7pm Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon Pro Athlete Panel & Race Tips
4:30am to 5:30am Aquathlon Transition Area opens at Little Marina Green
4:45am to 5:30am Aquathlon Shuttles to Pier 3
7am Aquathlon Starts
9am Aquathlon Awards Presentation
10:30am Back-To-Back Escape Athletes Begin Check-In
11am to 5pm Festival Village Opens & Triathlon Packet Pick Up at Marina Green
12:30pm to 5pm Triathlon Athlete Meetings
4:30am to 6am Transition Area Open & Shuttles Depart for Pier 3
6:30am Start Boat Departs for Alcatraz
7am to 2:30pm Festival Village Open
7:30am Triathlon starts
12 noon Awards Presentation
Escape Triathlon Series
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The Escape Series Triathlon, launched by IMG, is a qualifying series for the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, offering unique and challenging short course races in 5 U.S. cities. These serve as qualifiers for the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
What types of surfaces will I encounter on the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon run?
The run course is made up of asphalt, chip trail, dirt trail, stairs, a tunnel, sand, sand steps, and grass.
Can my friends and family cross the finish line with me at the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon?
No, only participants may cross the finish line.
Where is the finish line for the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon?
The finish line is located at Marina Green next to transition and the race expo. Grandstands line the finish chute so family and friends may cheer on participants as they finish.
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