Pack your sneakers and sporting gear for the 2015 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon. Sure, you can find races to swim, bike, and run all across the country. But can you beat the world-class attraction of Alcatraz as your scenic setting? If you are a seasoned athlete, surely you wouldn't deny yourself the honor. First, a little history:
Throngs of tourists cross the San Francisco Bay by ferry to tour the infamous Alcatraz Island. The famous landmark is often referred to as "The Rock" - especially after the 1996 film, which recounted a true story of rebellion and possible escape. Serving as a federal prison from 1933 to 1963, the facilities have a storied history before this became a national recreational area. Home to the abandoned prison, the National Historic Landmark has a creepy character when you look back on its shadowy past. In addition to the prison, the island is home to a seabird colony and rock pools. But most people come to see the Main Cellhouse, Dining Hall, and ruins of the Warden's House and Officers Club.
From military prison to Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary, the facilities held the nation's most violent and threatening prisoners and that thoughts lingers with even one passing look. Notorious bank robbers and murderers were among the first to arrive, and criminals like Al Capone and Bumpy Johnson spent time here. Fortified by steel and concrete and surrounded by the swift currents of the Bay, the penitentiary had a reputation for being inescapable. Can you escape? Indulge in our collective imagination and show your athletic prowess along this incredible journey.