SWIM AROUND
THE ROCK
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JULY 9, 2022

LIMITED ONLY TO EXPERIENCED OPEN WATER SWIMMERS · 3.6 MI (6KM) FROM ST. FRANCIS, AROUND ALCATRAZ, BACK TO AQUATIC PARK

Join us for this round trip Alcatraz swim! This swim is a great challenge for fast swimmers that requires a strategic race plan to swim the 3.6 mile course with tides and fast currents around Alcatraz. This is also an excellent event to help prepare for longer open water endurance competitions. Some of the best open water swimmers at the national level compete in Swim Around The Rock.

This swim starts off the beach of St. Francis, and you'll swim along a fast and exciting current. But as you make your way clockwise around Alcatraz, that's where the real challenge begins - you'll have to navigate not only around the prison, but through the currents as you make your way to Aquatic Park. A challenge you won't forget for sure!

This event is for experienced open water swimmers only. This swim will not only require swimming strength and open water experience, but expert ability in navigating a winning course with complex currents. This is easily our most difficult bay race, even more so than Bridge to Bridge 10K. If you need advice, support, and coaching for this swim, Water World Swim can help.

Swim dates subject to USCG (Coast Guard) permit approval

OUR 17TH ANNUAL EVENT: JULY 9, 2022

Join 30 swimmers in this 3.6 mile endurance race.
An epic out-and-back around this historic prison!

COURSE RECORDS

MALE

Alex Kostich · 1:10:29 · 2019

Long Course · 6KM · Wetsuit Division Record

Oliver Kusch · 1:10:09 · 2011

Short Course · 5.25KM · Wetsuit  Division Record

FEMALE

Aubrie Smallwood · 1:24:25 · 2014

NOT ONE, BUT TWO ALCATRAZES

A test of endurance in a more-than-double Alcatraz crossing.
Enjoy views of Alcatraz going out, and San Francisco coming back in!

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 12 are accepted. Children  12- 17 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 12-17 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 must pay an additional $95 to have an accompanying coach in the water.

Contact us about having your young swimmer join us!

2021 RESULTS

BibNameCategoryGenderFinish
1Frank BirdWetsuitMale1:40:33.3
4Katy CampbellWetsuitFemale1:57:56.0
13Kevin HayesWetsuitMale1:59:31.6
26Dan TuchlerWetsuitMale2:04:38.8
5John ChipponeriSkinMale2:08:08.7
3Frank CampbellWetsuitMale2:12:18.2
9Maya EbsworthWetsuitFemale2:12:36.5
6George DeinesWetsuitMale2:12:45.5
25Rishima TewariSkinFemale2:12:58.0
7Allison DibleySkinFemale2:13:10.9
20Mahika LodhaWetsuitFemale2:13:15.6
19Manasvi LodhaSkinFemale2:13:48.3
15Jay KeithWetsuitMale2:14:47.9
21Scott McDonaldWetsuitMale2:15:49.2
28Mike WilsonWetsuitMale2:20:26.1
12Alex HarelickWetsuitMale2:23:38.2
16Anaya KhanzodeSkinFemale2:24:00.5
22Ryan McDonaldWetsuitMale2:24:05.8
8Saumitr DikhitSkinMale2:24:19.6
14Gregory JulienWetsuitMale2:24:41.6
10Genevieve GebhartSkinFemale2:29:08.4

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