October 22, 2018 at 1:51 pm #21682Michael GillParticipant
Hey DC Tri,
Just got the notice that I “won” the lottery for a slot in Escape from Alcatraz 2019. Looking for some 411 on it. Has anyone done it? I have until Nov. 19th to register and I’m trying to pick someone’s brain. Will buy you beer for info. Hope to hear from some peeps!
MikeOctober 24, 2018 at 12:32 pm #21719moseredParticipant
Rough, cold swim. But with a Gill, you’ll be ok.
Unusually long run with sand and some climbing.
People have found the swim leg, due to the cold, the toughest. Plus the sharks that lurk….
They’ve complained about the cost, but felt the experience was worth it if cost not a big concern.October 25, 2018 at 7:02 pm #21730HutchingsParticipant
I did Alcatraz this year and it is an epic race. It didn’t hurt that we had beautiful weather. Briefly, here is some information and I am happy to provide deeper detail, especially if you decide to race it.
Swim – the temperature was a non-issue by race day, which was my 3rd time in the water. I jumped in briefly on the day we arrived (it was cold). Swam a little longer on Saturday and found it more manageable. And didn’t even notice it on race day. Currents and wave swells were a challenge. Disclaimer – I am a swimmer and comfortable in the water.
Bike – was a sh!t show. The course was crowded, very hilly and roads were in horrible condition for the most part. Water bottles were flying everywhere. Because I am a swimmer, I was in the first 3rd of the racers on the course. The debris was so much worse as I came back in the out/back course. Normally I am a fearless downhiller/racer, but I had fear on this course. As hill prep, I did some training around Deep Creek lake and Mt. Weather and found the course “relatively” easier (ie the steep sections were shorter). It was beautiful when I was brave enough to glance around.
Run – beautiful vistas every time you turn a corner. All on crushed gravel except the beach section (ie quicksand) and sand ladder. There were several areas of stairs, which were all manageable except for inability to pass.
I can’t speak to cost since I won a free entry via Nations Tri. We stayed near the race venue so we didn’t have to deal with the buses on race morning. There are not any really nice hotels, just some motels in the area and I would stay there again. Also very convenient to the Presido (shake out ride) and beach (practice swims) and easily walkable to Ghiradelli Square (did post race).
If you decide to race it, I can give some more specific information to help you on race day.
CindyNovember 5, 2018 at 5:31 pm #21820Michael GillParticipant
Thanks mosered and Hutchings! Really appreciate the feedback. I’m leaning more towards doing it since it’ll be a good excuse to visit my buddy in Sonoma (post race wineries FTW!). Hutchings, if I pull the trigger and register, maybe I can pick your brain some more?
MikeNovember 6, 2018 at 7:41 pm #21822HutchingsParticipant