Alcatraz Swim with the Centurions
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SEPTEMBER 10, 2016
SEPTEMBER 30, 2017

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.

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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.

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Omar Insignares, 14

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  • SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 - 14th Annual Event
  • Maximum 300 swimmers
  • 1.25 mi swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park
  • Team registration available!
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!

Coach Pedro swims his 500th Alcatraz
Centurions 2014
Why don't swims start directly at Alcatraz 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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Results and participants
  •  Karen Pinckard — Belmont, California, United States of America
  •  Larry Ankuda — Campbell, California, United States
  •  Mark Arizmendi — CHARLOTTE, North Carolina, United States
  •  Tim Attell — Fairfax, California, united states
  •  brendan barrett — san jose, California, United States
  •  Anna Bavor — Los Altos Hills, California, United States
  •  Nancy Bavor — Los Altos Hills, California, United States
  •  Jessie Bennett — Fremont, California, United States
  •  Alexander Berger — San Leandro, California, United States
  •  Joshua Berger — San Leandro, California, United States
  •  Elizabeth Berry — Modesto, California, United States
  •  Joan Berry — Modesto, California, United States
  •  Fanny Besem — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Richard Billeter — fremont, California, United States
  •  Elizabeth Blackstone — Santa Cruz, California, United States
  •  Mark Boone — Long Beach, California, United States
  •  Bryce Borden — San Jose, California, United States
  •  Dave Brumbaugh — Durham, North Carolina, United States
  •  Louise Bush — Seattle, Washington, United States
  •  dan butcher — Watsonville, California, United States
  •  Ryan Butler — Mesa, Arizona, United States
  •  Elizabeth Castellanos — Oakland, California, United States
  •  Cora Chambers — Newark, California, United States
  •  Crystal Chambers — Long Beach, California, United States
  •  Allen Chang — Sunnyvale, California, United States
  •  Alys Chang — Sunnyvale, California, United States
  •  Eric Chasanoff — Greenbrae, California, United States
  •  Becky Cleavenger — Camarillo, California, United States
  •  Tim Coltman — Shellharbour, NSW, Australia
  •  Paul Condran — Shellharbour, NSW, Australia
  •  Hannah Cowan — Napa, California, United States
  •  Debbie Croydon — London, United Kingdom
  •  Richard Croydon — London, London, United Kingdom
  •  Michael Daly — San Jose, California, United States
  •  Anne-Marie Danley — San Clemente, California, United States
  •  Johanna Davenport — Santa rosa, California, United States
  •  Fred Deltorchio — California, California, United States
  •  Holly Diemer — Austin, Texas, United States
  •  Matt Diepenhorst — Williston, North Dakota, United States
  •  Martin Diez — carmichael, California, United States
  •  John Diserens — Burlingame, California, United States
  •  GARY DUFFIELD — London, United Kingdom
  •  Terry Edwards — Santa Cruz, California, United States
  •  Jim Elowitt — Thousand Oaks, California, United States
  •  Tono Estrada — Novato, California, united states
  •  David Evans — Elk Grove, California, United States
  •  Deble Faulkner — Santa Rosa, California, United States
  •  Paul Favaro — Sonoma, California, United States
  •  Peter Feinberg — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Andrew Ferguson — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Dan Fitzpatrick — Dublin, California, United States
  •  Frankie Fitzpatrick — Dublin, California, United States
  •  Tom Fitzpatrick — Sacramento, California, United States
  •  Martin Florman — N. Tustin, California, United States
  •  Andrew Flynn — West Roxbury, Massachusetts, United States
  •  Charlotte Fox — Wilmington, North Carolina, United States
  •  James Fraser — San Francisco, California, united states
  •  Tim Gailey — Morro bay, California, United States
  •  Kara Gant — CA, United States
  •  Juan Ignacio Garcia Suarez — Gijon, Asturias, SPAIN
  •  Michael Garlie — Half Moon Bay, California, United States
  •  Peter Gavin — Shellharbour, NSW, Australia
  •  James Grant — Mesa, Arizona, United States
  •  Katie Grant — Fremont, California, United States
  •  Matt Grant — Portland, Oregon, United States
  •  Matthew Grenby — Lafayette, California, United States
  •  Thomas Griffin — Portland, Oregon, United States
  •  Francis Grillo — Los Altos, California, United States
  •  Thury Gudmundsdottir — Seattle, Washington, Iceland
  •  Thury Gudmundsdottir — Seattle, Washington, United States
  •  James Harrington — Alamogordo, New Mexico, United States
  •  Mazen Hassan — monterey, California, United States
  •  Madison-Gail Hauanio — Hayward, California, United States
  •  Denise Hearst — Moorpark, California, United States
  •  mark herkert — seattle, Washington, United States
  •  Ryan Hunt — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Kris Iversen — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Becky Jackman — La Mesa, California, United States
  •  George Jewett — San Francisco, California, united states
  •  Gordon Johnson — Concord, California, United States
  •  Jonathan Johnson — Concord, California, United States
  •  Shawn Jones — Moorpark, California, United States
  •  Jonathan Keller — Grand Junction, Colorado, United States
  •  Matt Kempton — Simi Valley, California, United States
  •  Anaya Khanzode — Sunnyvale, California, United States
  •  Mitali Khanzode — Sunnyvale, California, United States
  •  John Kiely — Cork, Ireland
  •  Linda Killian — Hillsborough, North Carolina, united states
  •  Karl Klose — San Antonio, Texas, United States
  •  michael kluczko — napa, California, United States
  •  Deanna Koehler — Simi Valley, California, United States
  •  Alicia Koht — San Jose, California, United States
  •  marlene kort — colorado springs, Colorado, United States
  •  Daniel Kraft — San Diego, California, United States
  •  Jenny Lamott — Irvine, California, United States
  •  Alexandra Law — Newport Coast, California, United States
  •  Linus Law — Newport Coast, California, United States
  •  Allen Levin — CA, California, United States
  •  Hana Lip — San Carlos, California, United States
  •  Melissa Lohr — San Carlos, California, United States
  •  Andrew Lopez — Ontario, California, United States
  •  Hector Lopez — Fort Worth, Texas, United States
  •  Steffen Low — Los Altos, California, United States
  •  Ellen MacDermid — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Mike Maciag — Mountain View, California, United States
  •  Subodh Madiwale — San Jose, California, United States
  •  Gina Magit — san diego, California, United States
  •  Elizabeth Martin — Durham, North Carolina, united states
  •  Anastacio Martinez — Los Angeles, California, united states
  •  Branden Matlock — San diego, California, United States
  •  Ray McLaughlin — Moorpark, California, United States
  •  Kristi Metzger — Austin, Texas, United States
  •  Karen Morgan — Durham, North Carolina, United States
  •  Mariam Motamed — Redwood city, California, United States
  •  Sarah Nielsen — San Jose, California, United States
  •  John Nijhawan — Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  •  Chris Norlin — Scotts Valley, California, United States
  •  Joseph Norlin — Sacramento, California, United States
  •  Joseph Nugent — San Diego, California, United States
  •  Alia Ortiz — Sacramento, California, United States
  •  Jesse Ortiz — Sacramento, California, United States
  •  Daniel Patten — South San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Octavio Perez — rancho cucamonga, California, united states
  •  Tina Pierce — Katy, Texas, United States
  •  Kevin Piramoon — ca, California, United States
  •  Karen Platt — pensacola, Florida, United States
  •  Clint Rehn — Walla Walla, Washington, United States
  •  Jennifer Richey — Durham, North Carolina, United States
  •  Greg Robinson — Shellharbour, NSW, Australia
  •  John Roddy — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Diane Rutan — San Diego, California, United States
  •  Gabriela Salerno — San Jose, California, United States
  •  Tanvee Sawant — Union CIty, California, united states
  •  Andrew Schaefer — Binghamton, New York, United States
  •  Laura Schaps — Mercer Island, Washington, United States
  •  mike schuttinga — Rome, Georgia, United States
  •  Kristina Shy — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Carol Sing — Spring valley, California, United States
  •  Becky Smith — Seattle, Washington, united states
  •  David Smith — San Diego, California, United States
  •  Maggie Spehar — San Jose, California, united states
  •  Katie Starr — Durham, North Carolina, United States
  •  jeff stokes — Greenbrier, Tennessee, United States
  •  Jill Stokes — Petaluma, California, United States
  •  Niki Stokols — Westlake Village, California, United States
  •  Bradley Stolshek — Thousand Oaks, California, United States
  •  Arthur Swift — Santa Cruz, California, United States
  •  Mai Tajima — Oakland, California, United States
  •  marcos tapia — s.f., California, United States
  •  Astra Teller — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Eric Titus — Saint Helena, California, United States
  •  Benjamin Tom — San francisco, California, United States
  •  ciaran turbitt — portland, Oregon, United States
  •  Cynthia Walsh — San Diego, California, united states
  •  Ken Walton — CARMEL, California, United States
  •  Theodore Watrous — Santa Rosa, California, United States
  •  Todd Weaver — Carmel, California, United States
  •  Jeffrey Webster — Thousand Oaks, California, United States
  •  Kelly Westbrook — Durham, North Carolina, United States
  •  Tad Whitaker — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Emily White — Seattle, Washington, United States
  •  Jill White — Durham, North Carolina, United States
  •  Geoffrey Wiedeman — CA, California, United States
  •  Traci Wiggins — Del Mar, California, United States
  •  Robert Williams — Richmond, British Columbia, Canada
  •  Yank Wilson — San jose, California, United States
  •  Gary Workman — Cupertino, California, United States
  •  Chuck Worley — Cupertino, California, United States
  •  Hank Wright — GERMANTOWN, Tennessee, United States
  •  Paige Wright — Germantown, Tennessee, United States
  •  Marek Zapletal — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Michael Zlatoper — corte madera, California, United States