Some races are known for their iconic scenery while others are known for their particularly challenging tracks. The best kind combines both, and that’s exactly what you get in the Escape the Alcatraz Triathlon. Now, in its 40th year, the legendary race will take place from August 14th to 15th in San Franciscoand it takes triathletes from the famous Alcatraz Island – the former prison that once housed Al Capone – and over a scenic (and hilly) course across town. Are you looking for a marquee race this summer? That’s it. And now is your best chance to be selected: Enter the random drawing of the race until April 30th.
Escape From Alcatraz is a modified International Distance Triathlon with swimming, cycling and running sections. It starts with a dip in San Francisco Bay near Alcatraz Island and a 1.5-mile swim, followed by an 18-mile bike ride that takes participants through the Presidio and Golden Gate Park (stops Eyes open to enjoy the view of the Golden Gate Bridge). After that, an 8-mile run winds under the Golden Gate Bridge and along Baker Beach, including a brutal staircase that takes you back from the sand. One thing is certain: this is a very challenging race, even for professionals.
If this sounds like a good time to you, act quick and step into it Escape from Alcatraz Random drawingwhere the majority of the 2,000 participants in the race will be selected. Entry is free and entries will remain open until April 30th at 11:59 pm. PDT. It is also your best attempt to attend: according to the race organizers, contestants have one 30 to 50 percent chance to be selected. There is only one drawing this year. So don’t miss it.
The randomly selected athletes will be announced on May 5th Random drawing page to find out all the details and to register – and don’t forget to get your training up to speed.