Four-hundred brave souls will swim from Alcatraz to Crissy Field on Memorial Day
Posted: Tuesday, May 22, 2012
“The Alcatraz Challenge offers an epic way to get an up-close look at the site of infamous Alcatraz Island Federal Penitentiary, the Golden Gate Bridge, and a unique view of San Francisco’s world renowned skyline,” says Terry Davis, CEO and founder of Tri-California.
Race morning begins by jumping off the California Hornblower, positioned right off-shore of Alcatraz Island. Once in the water, swimmers will endure chilly water temperatures and moderate currents as they make the 1.5-mile journey to East Beach of Crissy Field. They will be guided by the same Tri-California water safety team that has been protecting swimmers in the bay for more than 20 years.
Registration is available online through Friday, May 25th. Last-minute registration will also be available on Saturday, May 26th from 2PM to 6PM at the Sports Basement Presidio location, as well as on race morning at Crissy Field.
Tri-California is offering swim orientations to ensure swimmers are best educated and ready to have a wonderful experience. A one-hour detailed Alcatraz Swim orientation talk will be held on Saturday at the Sports Basement Presidio location at 3PM and 6PM (same time as Packet Pick-Up). The talk is a great opportunity to learn details about the currents and tides, landmarks and sighting, and what specifically to expect on race day.
On Sunday morning, Gary Emich, founder of Lane Lines to Shore Lines, will join swim director Dan Needham for a test swim of the course to ensure we have the best route for swimmers to follow on Monday. The results of the test swim will be shared on race morning at Pier 3 at 6:15 AM and again at 7:15 AM.
Swimmers will jump promptly at 8AM. Coffee, bagels, and fresh fruit will await them at the Finish Line Café. All participants will receive a custom Orca Alcatraz Swim Challenge sweatshirt.