APRIL 2025

Alcatraz Classic

2 Miles (3.2 K) Race from Alcatraz to St. Francis

This Alcatraz crossing is great for swimmers that have crossed many times from Alcatraz to San Francisco, or for the experienced open water swimmer wanting to race Alcatraz in style for the first time! The St. Francis route, despite being 1.8-2.1mi, is faster than Aquatic Park due to sweeping currents in your favor, giving all swimmers a speedy boost.

This swim is a favorite among the fastest Alcatraz veterans, as well as the first timer who wants to test their swimming endurance in a competitive setting. Medals will be given to all participants with trophies for top racers. Be in it to win it!

Race along the San Francisco shore.

Transamerica Pyramid, the Golden Gate, the Palace of Fine Arts… You’ll enjoy all these sights and more during this race!
Join 47 swimmers and get ready to set an Alcatraz PR and compete!

COURSE RECORDS

MALE

Michael Humphreys (Mosman, AUS) · 18:09 · 2018

FEMALE

Emma Jones (Atlanta, GA) · 18:37 · 2018

Alcatraz Classic 2024 Finishers

Overall

 


BibNameCategoryGenderTimeAge
10Kevin HayesWetsuitMale32:03.160
16Chloe OttenWetsuitFemale32:07.917
6Tom GalettiSkinMale32:14.722
12Luke HonesWetsuitMale35:08.464
2Coleman CannonWetsuitMale35:53.049
14Anaya KhanzodeSkinFemale36:19.218
1Mike BennettWetsuitMale36:47.468
4Carson CoxWetsuitMale38:37.419
13Mitali KhanzodeSkinFemale38:41.522
9Alex HarelickSkinMale39:02.529
17Ryan Patel-FrancisWetsuitMale39:09.338
21Aliza StoneWetsuitFemale41:50.131
5Eric FitzsimmonsWetsuitMale41:58.341
3Katie CornettWetsuitFemale46:18.826
22Scott SympsonWetsuitMale49:15.560
11Hannah HendersonWetsuitFemale50:11.946
20Dana SteinWetsuitFemale50:16.253
8Levy GerzbergWetsuitMale52:35.479

FAQ

WHY DON'T SWIMS START DIRECTLY AT ALCATRAZ OR WITH A JUMP OFF THE ROCK?

As Alcatraz is partly a bird sanctuary, boats, kayaks, and the people on them are prohibited from getting within 100 meters of Alcatraz, especially from February through September which is breeding season. This means our Alcatraz crossings do not start directly at Alcatraz. Water World Swim respects the environment, aiming to keep the sport of open water swimming a live collaboration between the athletes and the oceans.

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WHAT IF IT'S RAINING?

We swim rain or shine. That’s right! Whether it’s sunny or raining, we’re going to be swimming. You just going to get wet anyway, and the moods of the bay are fun on all spectrums. If inclement weather, thunder/lighting, and/or excessive wind threatens our swimmers or our ability to look out for them, we cancel the swim and will let registered swimmers know by email and update the registration page. Cancellations are extremely rare – we often go years without any.

NOTE ON SWIMMERS UNDER 18

Safety is our priority in challenging waters! Participants must be at least 12 years old to participate by signing up online. No children under 7 are accepted. Children under 12 must be evaluated by a Water World Swim coach in a private session for a non-refundable $95 fee and must be registered at time of evaluation. The fee also covers an accompanying coach in the water during the swim. Registration will be refunded if the minor is deemed not suitable to participate.

If the under 12 minor is coming from out of town and is unable to be assessed by Water World Swim, we require a certified coach to evaluate the minor and contact us via email or written documentation certifying their ability and recommending their participation. Out of town minors under 12 must pay an additional $95 to have an accompanying coach in the water.

Contact us about having your young swimmer join us!