Escape From Alcatraz 2011, I’m In!!

By Skip

I have been keeping this announcement from you guys for a while now.  If you have been reading this blog for any period of time you know that I have been salivating over this race ever since I heard about it.  As a matter of fact, it was advertised in first triathlon magazine I ever held in my hands and I can honestly say it was my inspiration to START training for a triathlon. 

For those of you who do not know about this race, here is the description that you can find on their website:

2011 Escape from Alcatraz TriathlonOn June 5th, triathletes from around the globe will descend on San Francisco for one chance to attempt the impossible – ESCAPE from Alcatraz. The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon attracts World Champions, Olympic Medalists and the best amateur triathletes from 50 states and over 40 countries. They will put their endurance to the ultimate test as they take on San Francisco’s icy waters, steep hills, and rugged terrain. Consistently ranked as a favorite event among Triathletes, this event draws thousands each summer to find out who has what it takes to ESCAPE!

The 2011 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon features a 1.5-mile swim through frigid waters from Alcatraz Island to the shores of the St. Francis Yacht Club, a grueling 18-mile bike ride, and a demanding 8-mile run through the trails of the Golden Gate Recreational Area. Set against the natural beauty of San Francisco, this thrilling triathlon is a virtual postcard of the City by the Bay.

The Fitness Festival and Expo is featured on Saturday and Sunday at Marina Green in San Francisco. This two-day festival offers the opportunity for sampling, product giveaways, product displays, sweepstakes, and other promotions. Included in the fitness festival are a food court, beer garden, and experiential vendor displays. 

Since 1980, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon has enticed top professional and amateur triathletes to attempt the impossible – ESCAPE from Alcatraz. The course has remained virtually unchanged in its 30+ year history.  The course and the lore surrounding it brings top competitors back each year to try and get their top finish added to the annals of Escape history. This is not your average triathlon and it never will be. This event prides itself on the sub average water conditions, rough road terrain and sandy climbs that one must endure to complete this race. Successfully finishing this event guarantees bragging rights among fellow triathletes and will leave even your most athletic friends in awe!

Touted as a “legendary” race within the triathlon community, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon traditionally draws top international triathletes to the competition

After much research, I quickly found out that this was a very popular race.  Only 2000 athletes are able to compete in this race with 95% of of the racing slots only available via a lottery system.  The last mention I made of this race was a qualifier in California and the top two of each division would earn a spot as well.  Later on I learned of a couple of more races like this that were qualifiers…. still a long way for me to travel and what is the chance of me placing in the top two positions?  Not likely…. I had to find another way!

Keeping my eye on the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlonwebsite, I noticed that this year they were offering charity / non-profit slots.   After a few days of watching this I saw a couple of non-profits pop up.  I sent one of them an email and asked if they were looking to fill the racing slots they just purchased and I was ecstatic when I got a reply back confirming their interest.  Needless to say, the rest is history.

In June of 2011 I will be racing for TeamCindy raising money for the The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.  I am honored and privileged to be part of this great adventure and in the process I will be helping the BAF raise funds to help promote awareness of this silent killer.

Today, 1 out of 50 people in the U.S. has a brain aneurysm, a silent killer which often presents with no prior symptoms or whose symptoms are often ignored or misdiagnosed.

After a brain aneurysm ruptures, the prospects are grim: of the 25,000 plus people that have a rupture each year, 40% or more will die and 65% will suffer disabilities of various degrees. Brain aneurysms can occur in any one and at any age.

TeamCindy honors the life of Cynthia Lynn Sherwin and promotes widespread public awareness of the dangers of a ruptured brain aneurysm – the sudden and silent killer that took her life and the lives of tens of thousands each year. Cindy was a dedicated athlete, marathoner and triathlete. She was struck down at the young age of 33 while training for her first Ironman competition, Lake Placid 2007. TeamCindy enables and encourages athletes to participate in triathlon events in Cindy’s name and to raise awareness and money to continue the fight against this deadly disease through The Brain Aneurysm Foundation.

TeamCindywas founded in 2008 with one athlete who ran in Cindy’s name in the Ford Tempe Ironman. In 2009, five TeamCindy athletes participated in Ford Ironman Lake Placid. Ten TeamCindy athletes will participate in the 2010 Ford IronmanLake Placid with other athletes scheduled to compete in the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St Petersburg, and The Boston Marathon.

TeamCindy is committed to expand throughout the US and abroad in order to fulfill its mission to raise money for research into the early detection and screening of brain aneurysms.

For those of you that would like to support my journey and this cause, please visit my fundraising page and make a donation by CLICKING HERE.  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for all of us.

Over the next 10 months I will be posting articles, videos, training tips, etc. that I come across that will help me with this journey to Alcatraz and back.

Filed in: Biking, Escape Alcatraz, Olympic Training, Race, Running, Swimming, Triathlon • Monday, August 2nd, 2010

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