Finishing a daily triathlon is not any simple feat—even for the fittest amongst us. And profitable one is an accomplishment of an entire completely different magnitude—but former Olympic triathlete Ben Kanute has managed to clinch victory within the males’s professional division 2021 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon for the fourth consecutive 12 months in a row (a feat we spoke to him about going into the race). The occasion, which is considered one of many hardest on the planet, additionally noticed extremely embellished competitor Emma Pallant-Browne conquering the treacherous waters of San Francisco Bay and the notorious Sand Ladder to win the ladies’s division.
On Sunday, August 15, round 1,600 athletes competed within the Fortieth-anniversary Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
“That first bounce is a fairly stunning jolt each time,” Kanute instructed Males’s Journal in regards to the abrupt begin of the race off a passenger ferry. “You actually should mentally put together your self for that swim. It’s type of a free-for-all on the market at first, then issues begin to calm down and simply go form of numb—together with your fingers and face.”
The race isn’t your typical Olympic-distance tri. It includes a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the Marina District shore, an 18-mile bike experience, and an 8-mile run by way of the hilly streets of San Francisco.
“Excessive winds, a robust present and uneven water made for an particularly difficult swim at this time,” Kanute mentioned. “It was troublesome to trace Greg Harper as he was within the lead in the course of the swim, however I used to be in a position to make up a while and catch him on the primary hill of the bike course. I really like this race, I really like its 40-year historical past and the picturesque course, it’s not like another race.”
British triathletes dominated the ladies’s race, with Holly Lawrence finishing the swim portion first and main the run till fellow Brit Pallant-Browne edged her out at the beginning of the heart-pounding, 200-step Baker Seashore Sand Ladder. “This was my first time competing on this race and it was my first time visiting San Francisco, I completely liked it,” mentioned Pallant-Browne after her victory.
Different prime finishers included Jason West from Boulder, CO, with a time of two:12:16; Holly Lawrence of Nice 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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