On Sunday, June 3, nearly 2,000 amateur and professional athletes enjoyed sunny skies and 54-degree water to compete in the 38th Annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. The race features a 1.5-mile swim in the San Francisco Bay from Alcatraz Island to the shore, an 18-mile bike ride and an eight-mile run through the hilly streets of San Francisco.
This year the Organization for Autism Research sent 11 people to make their attempt to escape one of the world’s most famous prisons as part of the TRI FOR AUTISM – Alcatraz team. This was the first team ever to represent OAR in San Francisco for this event and they have set the bar high for next year’s team. They have already surpassed the fundraising goal of $20,000 and are expected to come close to raising $30,000 when the fundraising ends this week. A special shout out to Arturo Salas who was the team’s leading fundraiser raising over $10,000!
The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon is considered one of the most difficult triathlons in the world. That didn’t stop the TRI FOR AUTISM team from putting together an impressive performance. Joseph McCrory was the first OAR finisher, finishing the race in a speedy 2:55:18! OAR’s first female finisher, Megan Tompkins, finished with a time of 3:04:14, which was fast enough to place her 3rd in her age group! All of the TRI FOR AUTISM participants that made the trip to San Francisco crossed the finish line of this iconic race.
With chilly waters and a hilly course, the TRI FOR AUTISM finishers were in great spirits after the race. Many proudly showing off the TRI FOR AUTISM Gear and OAR Medal. With such a successful first year we are excited to see what next year’s team can do when we return to Alcatraz in 2019!
Are you interested in the 2019 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon? today for details on how to take advantage of one of our limited entries!