Tri-California Events has announced the return of The San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz – with the resurrected event taking place next year on 21 August 2016. Known for its rough water Alcatraz channel crossing, hilly and challenging course, the San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz participant field will be limited to the first 900 registered athletes.
Perhaps as a nod to the recent challenges faced by rival event organiser IMG with its Escape From Alcatraz event, Tri-California adds that ‘the course is designed by athletes, for athletes, to feature the city of San Francisco and local communities, clubs and businesses for their amazing qualities.’
Registration for The San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz opens today, on Friday 13 November. As a ‘thank you for ongoing support’, the event is priced at US$395 for the first 500 athletes that register. This is significantly below the entry fee for next year’s Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon – which recently rose from US$450 to US$750.
“We are proud to have a close relationship with the many triathlon clubs in our tight knit community of endurance sports and a 33 year history of top notch triathlon production,” said Terry Davis CEO of Tri-California.
“After hundreds of emails asking us to reopen our San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz we couldn’t deny that there is a place and need for the race we launched in 2010, but had to put on hold for the America’s Cup [sailing races].”
Tri-California adds that it has been well known for its ties to San Francisco, designing many courses in the area. With the help of open water swimmer Gary Emich, Tri-California has continued to produce the Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlons attracting athletes from across the globe.
Terry Davis explained, “As we waited patiently for the city to approve several submittals for permits for our bike course, we knew that the time would be clear about when we should re-launch this great event and this seems like a very clear sign the market has a need.”
“This is an expensive race to put on with the boat, water safety, SF Permits and Police and so many more elements,” continued Davis. “However, we value our relationship with the triathletes that have supported us over the years and wanted to provide a premier destination, top quality event at a reasonable price,”
This reinstated event will be part of an annual triathlon calendar from Tri-California Events that includes Wildflower, Pacific Grove and Scott Tinley’s Triathlon.
The San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz begins with a boat jump and 1.5-mile swim from historic Alcatraz Island, a hilly 20-mile bike leg, and a challenging 7-mile run to include the world famous destinations.
Tri-California Events is an event management company producing triathlon, swimming and running races throughout California including the Wildflower Triathlons, San Francisco Triathlon at Alcatraz, Alcatraz Challenge Aquathlon & Swim, The Triathlon at Pacific Grove, and Scott Tinley’s Triathlon.
In addition, Tri-California serves as the race production company for the Nike Women’s Marathon and The San Francisco Giant Race. At Tri-California, the company’s goal is to motivate individuals of all ages and fitness levels to lead a healthier lifestyle by ‘exercising with purpose’ and participating in an endurance race.