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Race News from Alcatraz Challenge

The "Need to Know" on Alcatraz Challenge

Schedule of Events

Be in the right place at the right time all weekend long!

Saturday, August 2, 2014
  • Noon - 7:00 PM          Packet Pick Up / Registration at Sports Basement
  • 2:00 PM                       FREE Training Talk on the Alcatraz Swim at Sports Basement
  • 6:00 PM                       FREE Training Talk on the Alcatraz Swim at Sports Basement

Sunday, August 3, 2014

  • 5:00 AM - 6:15 AM      Packet Pick Up / Registration at East Beach Crissy Field
  • 5:30 AM - 6:15 AM      Shuttle Departure from East Beach at Assigned Time
  • 6:00 AM - 6:55 AM      Mandatory Orientation at Pier 3
    • If you are on one of the shuttles from East Beach, you will arrive in time to hear one of the Orientations
  • 7:00 AM                       Hornblower departs Pier 3 for Alcatraz Island
  • 8:00 AM                       Swim Start
  • 9:30 AM                       Awards Ceremony for Swim Only Participants at East Beach Crissy Field
  • 11:00 AM                     Awards Ceremony for Aquathlon Participants at East Beach Crissy Field

Please note, the free Training Talk at the Sports Basement is hosted twice - once at 2:00 PM and again at 6:00 PM. You only need attend one of them. The talk is also not mandatory, but gives you good tips on how to choose a site line based on your swim speed and calms the nerves a bit by giving you the chance to talk to a seasoned veteran in open-water swimming.

About the Shuttles

A shuttle is provided on race morning to take athletes from East Beach Crissy Field to Pier 3. Come to East Beach first in the morning to set your Transitions, and then take one of the ASSIGNED shuttles to Pier 3. Shuttle assignments will be emailed race week. You can always take an earlier shuttle, and it is encouraged that as soon as you are ready, please get on the next available bus. If you miss your assigned shuttle time, you are not guaranteed a space on a later shuttle.

Which brings us to a subsequent question - where do I park on race morning? There is parking within East Beach, but we ask that if possible, leave this parking for those that are enjoying the Park as part of their Sunday morning routine. There are some low white buildings along Old Mason St. that often offer a couple spaces. Additionally just west of those buildings there is an open parking lot that is used as overflow parking for the recreation areas. We have no official "Race Parking." Please read any posted parking restrictions when choosing a space.

The Swim

Fort MasonWe have whole athlete talks dedicated to discussing your sight lines and what to expect out in the water, and we hope that you join us for one of the two athlete talks scheduled above. A lot of buildings will be referenced within the talks including the one pictured at right here, FORT MASON! The long low buildings pictured at right are easy to distinguish right when you jump into the water. You will pick one of the three building "columns" to use as your guide at the beginning of your swim based on your relative swim speed - a fast swimmer, moderate swimmer, or slower swimmer. After a while, other buildings will want your focus instead, but for now start thinking and picturing these three low white columns. 

The Run

Running the BridgeWhile there is quite a bit of focus on the swim portion of this event (and rightfully so), some of you are also opting to run 7 miles after exiting the water. The run is an out-and-back across the Golden Gate Bridge. You will return on the same side of the Bridge that you run out. You will not be crossing over the Golden Gate Bridge on the north side. Also, note that the Bridge will not be closed to the general public, so please watch for other runners, cyclists, and tourists. On the other you side, you can think "I've just run over one of the World's most incredible icons," and then turnaround and do it again back to the Finish Line!

Again, your shuttle assignments will be sent via email in the week prior to the race. Additionally, we will be continuing to remind you of the important times listed above via email. You can find this need-to-know information and a whole lot more via our website at

Swim in a Sonar!

Orca SonarNow's the time to rent your Orca Sonar for the event. Your rental will ship to you, and then after the event, you simply box up the suit, attach the supplied return shipping label, and you're done!

The Orca Sonar wetsuit features top of the line SCS coated Yamamoto 39 cell neoprene for flexibility and speed, strategically placed Aerodome panels for buoyancy and an ultra comfortable neck line. This suit is exceptional technology and performance when compared to other rental wetsuits. Suit up well!
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History in the Making

Lombard's TurnsYour swim across the Bay will add a little piece to your history, and here's a little piece of the Bay's history in return: the famous switchbacks of Lombard Street were completed in 1922, where one block of the street then contained eight turns and approximately 250 steps on each side.

One Sweet Special

Our Tri-California Store presents a great opportunity to purchase training apparel to keep you motivated or something after the race so you can brag to all your friends. Coming soon...the store is starting a new First-Day-Of-The-Month Special. On August 1st, the entire store site will be 15% off AND you'll enjoy Free Shipping. Twice the deal, once a month. Don't miss out since the special won't be back until September 1st!

Sweatshirt GraphicWhile you're visiting the store and finding a few wish-list items, reserve your 2014 commemorative Alcatraz Challenge crewneck sweatshirt. This cozy, soft gray sweatshirt features a graphic that includes the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz Island to help you best remember the iconic portions of your race. This item is for pre-order only and will then be available to you for on-site pick up.
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