Alcatraz Sharkfest

1 03 2011


Back a long time ago when I was in college my sister and I got this crazy idea that we wanted to do the Sharkfest swim from Alcatraz in San Francisco Bay.  We worked hard to make sure we would make it and not have to be picked up in a boat.  When the day of the race came I was so nervous and yet so excited.


A ferry takes all the swimmers out to Alcatraz and then one by one everyone jumps off of the boat and when the horn blows your start swimming back.  It is a 1.2 mile swim in about 600 water.


We were wusses and wore wet suits. The hardest thing about the swim isn’t the open water but instead the currents in the bay.  If you aren’t paying attention the current could pull you out to the Golden Gate Bridge and you would have to hope a boat would pick you up because you wouldn’t be swimming back on your own.


I had so much fun at that race and have always wanted to do it again and hopefully do it with out a wet suit.  But after 2 kids and 50 hours a week as a teacher swimming some how took a back seat.  Now I am at a different place in my life and have the time to devote back to swimming and I am planning on doing this race next summer, 2012.


I also want to complete some of the other races in the Sharkfest series like Lake Tahoe and San Diego.  Once day I would love to participate in the others like Boston, Chicago, Manhattan, and the Potomac River.  Lets start off slowly.  I am going to chronicle my journey to do these swims and hope you will enjoy following along with me.  I will also post my workouts so if you want to swim along or join me you can.  Lets get to swimming.



2 responses

12 04 2011
mike roberts

Rumor has it that the Manhattan event will not happen. Too expensive to organize the event in NYC.

12 04 2011

Thanks for the update. That would be an awesome swim, maybe one day!

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