October 4, 2020


On June 11, 1962, Frank Morris and John and Clarence Anglin chipped through their cement cell walls, squeezed through a ventilation shaft to get to the roof, climbed down a drain pipe, scaled a 15-foot fence, and entered the frigid waters of San Francisco Bay. They disappeared into the night, wearing only the meager life preservers they made from stolen rain coats, and were never found, seen, or heard from again.

39 years later, on June 11, 2001, Pedro Ordenes and Gary Emich became the first swimmers to successfully “Escape from Alcatraz” 100 times! Since then, becoming a member of the elite “Alcatraz 100 Club” has become THE ambition for many open water swimmers. On September 30th, you’ll have the chance to reach your own goals and share the waters with the experts of the Bay, the Centurions.

You don't need to be a Centurion yourself - in fact, this is a great race opportunity for first-time Alcatraz swimmers with adequate training! This swim is not for novices. This event is for experienced open-water swimmers only. You should be able to swim one mile comfortably in a pool in under 40 minutes. If you need advice, support, and coaching for this swim, Water World Swim can help.

DO I NEED TO BE A CENTURION TO PARTICIPATE? Nope! As long as you're strong swimming in the open water, we welcome first time Alcatraz crossers and Centurions alike.


Join 250 swimmers in this 1.25 mi swim to Aquatic Park.
Discounted team registration available for teams of 3+!



Allen Chang · 21:30 · 2017



Claire Therien · 23:31 · 2014


Whether you're an Olympian or a first time Alcatraz swimmer, join us.
We are looking forward to racing with you in the bay!


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.



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!


Bib Overall Place Time Name Gender City State
7 1 26:34.8 James Chayka M Petaluma CA 1st Overall
23 2 27:43.9 Kevin Hayes M Mountain View CA 2nd Overall
34 3 27:53.8 Nicholas Monroe M Sonoma CA 3rd Overall
49 4 30:15.1 Sierra Young F Valencia CA 1st Female Overall
10 5 30:20.8 George Deines M Sachse TX
48 6 30:47.5 Jae Yeon M Valencia CA
43 7 31:31.1 Catherine Taylor F Concord CA Skin 2nd Female Overall 1st Skin Division
1 8 31:37.3 Monika Bickert F Atherton CA 3rd Female Overall
21 9 32:24.1 Francis Grillo M Los Altos CA
37 10 32:27.9 Chloe Riddle F Valencia CA
39 11 33:33.6 Michael Szarowicz M San Francisco CA
27 12 34:21.7 Anaya Khanzode F Sunnyvale CA Skin 2nd Skin Division
12 13 34:34.2 Saumitr Dikhit M San Jose CA Skin
44 14 35:03.0 Hermine Terhorst F Oakland CA Skin
42 15 35:04.3 Russell Taylor M Bryn Mawr PA
32 16 35:29.0 James McDowell M Redwood CA
28 17 36:12.3 Mitali Khanzode F Sunnyvale CA Skin
9 18 36:12.8 David Conca M San Francisco CA
22 19 36:18.6 Jack Guedj M Los Altos Hills CA
14 20 36:54.7 Brett Dougherty M Chicago IL Skin
35 21 37:08.3 Jennifer OConnor F San Francisco CA
29 22 37:34.5 Ginger Kiernan F Dillon CO Skin
45 23 37:36.7 Pim Tuyls M Los Altos CA
46 24 37:38.7 David Wehner M Atherton CA
24 25 38:07.0 Katie Holligan F San Francisco CA
19 26 38:08.3 Eric Gilsenan M Napa CA
13 27 39:34.3 Diana Dively M San Francisco CA Skin
33 28 39:40.9 Brian McPeake M San Francisco CA
11 29 40:02.5 Allison Dibley F LaFayette CA Skin
40 30 41:10.3 Daisuke Tanaka M Los Gatos CA
6 31 41:57.8 Ricardo Charles M Berkeley CA Skin
5 32 42:03.8 Denise Carr M San Jose CA
36 33 42:39.0 Kasmira Pawa F San Francisco CA
31 34 42:47.1 Andrew Lopez M Ontario CA Skin
25 35 43:12.1 Christopher Kawaja M Ross CA Skin
26 36 43:17.6 Carl Kawaja M San Francisco CA Skin
47 37 45:07.3 Brooke Wentz F San Francisco CA
2 38 45:12.6 Frederick Blair M Fairfield CA Skin
38 39 46:24.7 Charles Sterling M San Francisco CA Skin
15 40 47:06.1 Alexander Douglas M Wayne PA
41 41 47:51.7 Jacob Tanz M Los Altos CA
8 42 48:45.0 Andy Chow M Santa Clara CA
4 43 50:03.3 Madeleine Bronstone F Walnut Creek CA
18 44 50:21.1 Levy Gerzberg M Los Altos CA
16 45 58:19.0 Jim Flannery M Bridgewater CA
3 46 1:03:35.5 Bob Boyle M Portola Valley CA
30 47 1:07:09.3 Jeanette Lee F Menlo Park CA
17 48 DNS Genevieve Gebhart F San Francisco CA Skin
20 49 DNS Maayan Greene F Oakland CA

Click here to see results from past years!