Tri-California has announced the launch of the Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco, Calif. On Sunday, August 29, 2010, 1800 swimmers, bikers and runners will christen the inaugural Tri-California Alcatraz Triathlon. The announcement comes on the heels of an earlier press release explaining that Tri-California will no longer be involved in the running of the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon.
Terry Davis, president of Tri-California Events, has 30 years of race directing and served as race director of the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon for the past 12 years. He has decided it is time to launch a triathlon designed by Tri-California for the athletes. “We want to provide our triathletes the full Tri-California Events experience, from online registration, to an incredible and safe course, to the latest technology in timing, to a memorable finish experience for all” states Terry. “Our number one priority is the triathletes; we have a passion for what we do and our industry. After producing some of the largest triathlons in the world, we understand what it takes to provide a level of service that surpasses the expectations of the athletes and spectators and will create memories that will last a lifetime.”
Tri-California will now be able to provide more support for our charitable groups, such as the Challenged Athletes Foundation, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team-N-Training, FCA Endurance, and many local youth and service groups.
The new Alcatraz Triathlon will become part of the Tri-California Race Series which includes: The AVIA Wildflower Triathlons on April 30-May 2, The San Francisco Triathlon at Treasure Island on July 9-11, The Triathlon at Pacific Grove Sept 10-12,and Scott Tinley’s Triathlon in San Luis Obispo County on October 1-3rd.
Registration for the event is on a first come basis and is expected to sell out quickly. Registration opens November 27th. To register, or for more information, go to TriCalifornia.com. Entry fees for individuals are $320 until January 1. Relay teams entry fees are $160 per team member.
The 1.5 mile swim begins with a Ferry jump into the bay off the shore of San Francisco’s infamous Alcatraz Island, and ends just east of the Yacht Harbor and Wave Organ with a deep water exit ramp in the middle of Marina Green. The 25-mile bike course travels through the hills of San Francisco, along the shoreline with spectacular views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Legion of Honor, and the Pacific Coast cliffs. The bike course continues down the Great Highway to Skyline Blvd and back through San Francisco’s famed Golden Gate Park. The 8-mile run goes along the promenade to Fort Mason, up the mesa and under the Golden Gate Bridge. The runners will continue to Baker Beach and return on the infamous Sand Ladder back to Marina Green.
The team of Tri-California experts will be working on the new event. Colleen Bousman will be the co-race director, swim legends Joe Oaks and Gary Emich will head up the water safety team and Laura Miller will be staging the venue. Tri-Cal bike and run directors will be Chris Davis and Paul Aschenbrenner who have been working with Tri-California for more than 20 years. Geoff Auslen will be managing the traffic division and Eternal Timing will be the timing, scoring and results team.
Tri-California has a long-standing relationship with the city of San Francisco and hosts events in the city year-round. Along with the Alcatraz Triathlon, Tri-California race-directs the San Francisco Triathlon and Nike Women’s Marathon. Tri-California also provides vital support services for the Bay to Breakers, the President’s Cup, Oracle World, the Silicon Valley Marathon and the Bridge to Bridge Run with timing services, traffic management and event management.
Press Release provided by Tri-California.