Just before race director Bob Teschek starts the race, he always reminds you"there is only one hill." Of course that hill is more than 7.6 miles long with nearly 5,000 feet of climb, a sadistic test of running ability. It's really no mystery why there are so many runners willing to put themselves through this anaerobic hell, and why hundreds of disappointed more wish they could, butwere not "lucky" enough to get picked in the lottery.
It's the challenge, ofcourse. The fact that it is so difficult is precisely the reason so many are so driven to try a race that leaves even the most accomplished runners gasping for breath.
Presented by the Achilles Track Club, this event brings together athletes with disabilities and able-bodied athletes in a celebration of running. Cash prizes, raffles, free t-shirts and shoes for kids, and more give promise of a great day in the park.
For one weekend each summer, 2,000 of the world's best triathletes assemble in San Francisco for one of the most infamous and extreme sporting events…the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. In its 29 years as a maximum-security prison, no one ever escaped alive from the menacing shores of Alcatraz. Every year, this popular event draws over 20,000 spectators to see who can accomplish that daunting task.