Alcatraz Classic for the Fastest

For the first time, Alcatraz is offered for swimmers that have crossed many times from Alcatraz to San Francisco or for the fast and experienced open water swimmer training to swim Alcatraz in style for the first time. This 1.25 mile swim and smaller event will become a favorite among the fastest, or the first timer who wants to test their swimming endurance. Limited to 45 swimmers, and medals and certificates will be given to all participants.

Competitors will begin the race at Alcatraz Island and finish at the beach at Aquatic Park. Swimmers are selected to participate based on previous experience, speed, and bravery. Interested swimmers are encouraged to submit a small swim bio to us for review. The race organizers will review all bios and make the proper training recommendation to some. If interested, please include your past open water swimming experience, your open water 1-mile time or any other information that you feel may be important for the organizers to consider. This This race fills up fast!

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At A Glance

Alcatraz Classic

  • JUNE 8, 2014
  • 4th Annual Event
  • Maximum of 45 swimmers
  • 1.25 mi swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park
  • $199 non-members;

    $140 members

  • A classic Alcatraz swim for experienced and fast open water swimmers looking to make their first crossing in a competitive environment
  • Registration deadline is May 25, 2014