ALCATRAZ SWIM WITH THE CENTURIONS

OCTOBER 16, 2021

250 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 19TH ANNUAL EVENT

Join 250 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.

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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

BibOverall PlaceTimeNameGenderCityState
7126:34.8James ChaykaMPetalumaCA1st Overall
23227:43.9Kevin HayesMMountain ViewCA2nd Overall
34327:53.8Nicholas MonroeMSonomaCA3rd Overall
49430:15.1Sierra YoungFValenciaCA1st Female Overall
10530:20.8George DeinesMSachseTX
48630:47.5Jae YeonMValenciaCA
43731:31.1Catherine TaylorFConcordCASkin2nd Female Overall1st Skin Division
1831:37.3Monika BickertFAthertonCA3rd Female Overall
21932:24.1Francis GrilloMLos AltosCA
371032:27.9Chloe RiddleFValenciaCA
391133:33.6Michael SzarowiczMSan FranciscoCA
271234:21.7Anaya KhanzodeFSunnyvaleCASkin2nd Skin Division
121334:34.2Saumitr DikhitMSan JoseCASkin
441435:03.0Hermine TerhorstFOaklandCASkin
421535:04.3Russell TaylorMBryn MawrPA
321635:29.0James McDowellMRedwoodCA
281736:12.3Mitali KhanzodeFSunnyvaleCASkin
91836:12.8David ConcaMSan FranciscoCA
221936:18.6Jack GuedjMLos Altos HillsCA
142036:54.7Brett DoughertyMChicagoILSkin
352137:08.3Jennifer OConnorFSan FranciscoCA
292237:34.5Ginger KiernanFDillonCOSkin
452337:36.7Pim TuylsMLos AltosCA
462437:38.7David WehnerMAthertonCA
242538:07.0Katie HolliganFSan FranciscoCA
192638:08.3Eric GilsenanMNapaCA
132739:34.3Diana DivelyMSan FranciscoCASkin
332839:40.9Brian McPeakeMSan FranciscoCA
112940:02.5Allison DibleyFLaFayetteCASkin
403041:10.3Daisuke TanakaMLos GatosCA
63141:57.8Ricardo CharlesMBerkeleyCASkin
53242:03.8Denise CarrMSan JoseCA
363342:39.0Kasmira PawaFSan FranciscoCA
313442:47.1Andrew LopezMOntarioCASkin
253543:12.1Christopher KawajaMRossCASkin
263643:17.6Carl KawajaMSan FranciscoCASkin
473745:07.3Brooke WentzFSan FranciscoCA
23845:12.6Frederick BlairMFairfieldCASkin
383946:24.7Charles SterlingMSan FranciscoCASkin
154047:06.1Alexander DouglasMWaynePA
414147:51.7Jacob TanzMLos AltosCA
84248:45.0Andy ChowMSanta ClaraCA
44350:03.3Madeleine BronstoneFWalnut CreekCA
184450:21.1Levy GerzbergMLos AltosCA
164558:19.0Jim FlanneryMBridgewaterCA
3461:03:35.5Bob BoyleMPortola ValleyCA
30471:07:09.3Jeanette LeeFMenlo ParkCA
1748DNSGenevieve GebhartFSan FranciscoCASkin
2049DNSMaayan GreeneFOaklandCA

Click here to see results from past years!