By Nicole Adams, Promotions Assistant at Tri-California
The most recent race in the Tri-Cal repertoire took place in and around the San Francisco Bay last Sunday morning. While the rest of the city’s residents were quietly snoozing away in their warm beds, about 400 bleary-eyed athletes gathered at Pier 3 to partake in the 3rd Annual Orca Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon & Swim.
After boarding the Hornblower ferry, athletes settled in for the nerve-racking ride out to Alcatraz Island, where they jumped off into the chilly bay waters to make the swim from Alcatraz to Crissy Field. Following the most direct route, it’s a 1.5-mile swim, but factor in all the elements (currents, swells, near-impossible landmark sighting) and it ends up being closer to 2-miles for many athletes.
After hitting land, swimmers run up to transition to strip off the wetsuit and slip on the running shoes for a 7-mile out and back run on the Golden Gate Bridge. What better way to take in the sights of San Francisco?!
Check out this GoPro video taken by participant Jason Shaeffer: