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2015 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon

Almost 2000 athletes jumped into the waters of the San Francisco Bay this morning for the 35th annual Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon.

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Photos: Rocky Arroyo

Almost 2000 athletes jumped into the waters of the San Francisco Bay this morning for the 35th annual Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon. The iconic race known for its unique course with three distinctively challenging legs in the form of the 1.5-mile choppy, cold-water swim, technical 18-mile bike and 7.5-mile run on varying terrain (sand ladder!) always attracts a chock-full pro field.

This year, two ITU-focused athletes took their first wins on the course. American Eric Lagerstrom edged out six-time winner Andy Potts (USA) in the finishing chute, while Australian Ashleigh Gentle, who won last November’s Beijing International Triathlon, topped the women’s field. Read the recap.