OCTOBER 13, 2018

350 SWIMMERS · 1.25 MI TO AQUATIC PARK · TEAMS AVAILABLE!

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.

OUR 16TH ANNUAL EVENT

Join 350 swimmers in this 1.25 mi swim to Aquatic Park.
Discounted team registration available for teams of 3+!

COURSE RECORDS

MALE

Allen Chang · 21:30 · 2017

 

FEMALE

Claire Therien · 23:31 · 2014

OUR BIGGEST RACE OF THE YEAR

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

WHY DON'T WE JUMP OFF THE ROCK ITSELF?

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.

READ MORE

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!

RESULTS & PARTICIPANTS

  •  Julia Allen — Menlo Park, California, United States
  •  Rainier Amora — San Francisco, United States
  •  Daniel Aron — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Par Arvidsson — Woodside, California, United States
  •  Robert Ball — Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  •  Richard Blackmore — SAN DIEGO, California, United States
  •  Timothy Blackmore — Arvada, Colorado, United States
  •  Denise Carr — San Jose, California, United States
  •  Cesar Centeno — Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
  •  John Coote — Ham Green, Worcestershire, United Kingdom
  •  Claudia Corrales — Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico
  •  Meryl Craig — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Michael Daly — San Jose, United States
  •  Jose Fernando De Castro — Marilia, Brazil
  •  Ross Duncan — Auckland, New Zealand
  •  Paul Favaro — Sonoma, United States
  •  Carla Fernandez — Mexico City, Mexico City, Mexico
  •  Paul Gamez — Calabasas, California, United States
  •  Rick Gebers — Brentwood, California, United States
  •  Edwin Greenfield — Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada
  •  Francis Grillo — Los Altos, California, United States
  •  Delrie Hobbs — Seal Beach, California, United States
  •  Mike Kennedy — Palo Alto, California, United States
  •  Anaya Khanzode — Sunnyvale, California, United States
  •  Mitali Khanzode — Sunnyvale, California, United States
  •  Alexandra Law — Newport Coast, United States
  •  Linus Law — Newport Coast, United States
  •  Tyler Law — Newport Coast, United States
  •  Mahika Lodha — CUPERTINO, California, United States
  •  Andrew Lopez — Ontario, United States
  •  Steffen Low — Los Altos, California, United States
  •  Janet Moody — Menlo Park, California, United States
  •  Tyge Nason — Phoenix, Arizona, United States
  •  Chris Neely — Springfield, United States
  •  Matt Neely — Rochester, Michigan, United States
  •  Stephen Neely — Springfield, Ohio, United States
  •  Allison Owens — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Sharon Purdy — Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  •  Jennifer Roost — Menlo Park, California, United States
  •  Michael Rothenberg — Menlo Park, California, United States
  •  Benjamin Shasby — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  LESZEK SKIBINSKI — MISSISSAUGA, Ontario, Canada
  •  Kevin Slemp — San Francisco, California, United States
  •  Kristin Spindt — Menlo Park, California, United States
  •  michael sweeney — menlo park, California, United States
  •  Ray Turner — West Des Moines, Iowa, United States
  •  Pim Tuyls — Los Altos, California, United States
  •  Daniel Vivero — San Jose, Costa Rica
  •  Geoffrey Wiedeman — Carmichael, California, United States
  •  Yank Wilson — San Jose, California, United States
  •  Erik Ziegler — San Francisco, California, United States

Check 2017 results here!

Check results HERE!