The Escape from Alcatraz is a triathlon placed in the San Francisco bay area. The point is to do the impossible; to escape the dreaded prison. To escape the triathletes need to swim the 2500 meters from the island and all the way to Saint Francis Yacht Club. After the cold swim they get forced to run a short kilometer to their bikes to get warm before biking a 30 kilometer leg through the Golden Gate Park. The run is about 12 kilometers in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area and the finish is back at the marina.
There are several reasons why this is a big deal to me. Firstly, the race is placed near San Francisco, a city that I have wanted to visit for as long as I can remember. The six months before will be spent training hard, and it might be time for a vacation after the race is done. California will then be an ideal location. Secondly, it's Alcatraz! Everybody knows what Alcatraz is. The bragging rights are a significant reason alone. Thirdly, the challenge is good for me right now. The entire race in itself is not a huge challenge for me. I am used to hills both during runs and while biking, but the swimming leg is a step up and a great challenge that I am looking forward to.
The race started as early as in 1981 and was originally longer and situated more on the outskirts of San Francisco, but when TV-channels got interested in the event the course changed in 1993 to a more central course around the Golden Gate Park and Recreational Area. After this the course has stayed the same, and it usually takes the professional athletes around 2 hours to complete it. I haven't had the time to set a desired time for myself yet and I still don't know if I am going to focus on going as quick as I can, or if I should film and make a social experience out of it.
Sorry to the imperials out there, I use the metric system because the imperial system is obsolete and redundant. If you need to know the feet and inches of the race, then check the map in this article or learn the metric system.