San Francisco – (March 3, 2013) Battling cold temperatures and choppy currents, more than 2,000 amateur and professional athletes took the plunge into the 51 degree water of San Francisco Bay to compete in the 2013 Escape from Alcatraz™ Triathlon on Sunday, March 3, with 2012 London Summer Olympics Silver Medalist Javier Gomez from Spain winning the prestigious race.
Heather Jackson from the USA took the first place position amongst the women. Both Gomez and Jackson are first time escapees. Featuring a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shore, an 18-mile bike ride and an eight-mile run through San Francisco, this race is considered one of the most difficult triathlons in the world.
- First Place: Javier Gomez, Spain, 2:04:27
- Heather Jackson, Carlsbad, CA 2:18:08
- Second Place: Graham O’Grady, New Zealand 2:05:39
- Sarah Groff, Hanover, NH 2:18:37
- Third Place: Jesse Thomas, Springfield, OR 2:06:40
- Ricarda Lisk, Germany, 2:23:36
- Corporate Challenge: Babson College, 2:37:20
- Challenged Athlete: “One Armed” Willie Stewart, Boise, ID, 2:56:29
- Youngest Finisher: Estafana Fowler, New Zealand, 13-years old, 4:16:27
“This Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon win is a great start to the season,” said 2013 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon Winner Javier Gomez. “I have always wanted to come to San Francisco to race in this infamous triathlon. The course was tough with cold water, strong currents and a great field of competitors.”
Racers from 13 to 80-years-old and a number of physically challenged athletes from Challenged Athletes Foundation participated in the triathlon. The notorious Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon attracted athletes from more than 35 countries, including top Beijing triathlete Qi Dang, who is representing