Sunday, July 20, 2008

2008 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon

This weekend I was flipping through the channels and came across this event on TV.  I was very happy to see a televised triathlon, and as a person who is training for their first marathon, I had to watch it and was amazed by the endurance of each and every athlete out there.

The Course:

1.5 mile swim between the San Francisco Piers and Alcatraz Island.  Many swimmers needed to be rescued because this was such a difficult swim.

Their was a 1 mile warm up run from the swim to the transition area to get their bikes at Marina Green.  Once on their bikes they had an 18 mile bike ride which was an out and back.

The last leg of the event was an 8 mile run to Baker Beach that included running up the sand steps (400 steps up a very verticle incline).

This year we had repeat victories for both the men (Andy Potts 2:01:57) and women (Leanda Cave)