Completing a normal triathlon is no easy feat—even for the fittest among us. And successful just one is an accomplishment of a full distinctive magnitude—yet previous Olympic triathlete Ben Kanute has managed to clinch victory in the men’s pro division 2021 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon for the fourth consecutive year in a row (a feat we spoke to him about going into the race). The occasion, which is regarded as just one of the toughest on the world, also observed extremely decorated competitor Emma Pallant-Browne conquering the treacherous waters of San Francisco Bay and the infamous Sand Ladder to earn the women’s division.
On Sunday, August 15, all around 1,600 athletes competed in the 40th-anniversary Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
“That first bounce is a very surprising jolt each time,” Kanute instructed Men’s Journal about the abrupt commence of the race off a passenger ferry. “You seriously have to mentally get ready your self for that swim. It is kind of a cost-free-for-all out there at to start with, then matters start out to settle down and just go type of numb—including your hands and facial area.”
The race isn’t your usual Olympic-distance tri. It includes a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the Marina District shore, an 18-mile bike trip, and an 8-mile operate by way of the hilly streets of San Francisco.
“High winds, a sturdy existing and choppy h2o designed for an particularly challenging swim today,” Kanute mentioned. “It was difficult to monitor Greg Harper as he was in the guide for the duration of the swim, but I was able to make up some time and catch him on the very first hill of the bike course. I like this race, I love its 40-year historical past and the picturesque study course, it is unlike any other race.”
British triathletes dominated the women’s race, with Holly Lawrence completing the swim portion initial and leading the run until finally fellow Brit Pallant-Browne edged her out at the start out of the coronary heart-pounding, 200-move Baker Beach front Sand Ladder. “This was my first time competing in this race and it was my first time checking out San Francisco, I definitely liked it,” explained Pallant-Browne following her victory.
Other leading finishers provided Jason West from Boulder, CO, with a time of 2:12:16 Holly Lawrence of Great Britain at 2:23:04 Bradley Weiss of South Africa with 2:12:41 and Jackie Hering from Cottage Grove, WI, at 2:27:44.
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