Finishing a normal triathlon is no effortless feat—even for the fittest among the us. And winning 1 is an accomplishment of a total distinctive magnitude—yet previous Olympic triathlete Ben Kanute has managed to clinch victory in the men’s professional division 2021 Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon for the fourth consecutive 12 months in a row (a feat we spoke to him about likely into the race). The celebration, which is regarded as 1 of the toughest on the earth, also saw extremely embellished competitor Emma Pallant-Browne conquering the treacherous waters of San Francisco Bay and the notorious Sand Ladder to gain the women’s division.
On Sunday, August 15, around 1,600 athletes competed in the 40th-anniversary Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
“That initially jump is a pretty shocking jolt each time,” Kanute explained to Men’s Journal about the abrupt commence of the race off a passenger ferry. “You definitely have to mentally prepare oneself for that swim. It’s kind of a no cost-for-all out there at initially, then issues commence to settle down and just go type of numb—including your arms and deal with.”
The race is not your normal Olympic-length tri. It contains a 1.five-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the Marina District shore, an eighteen-mile bike experience, and an eight-mile run by the hilly streets of San Francisco.
“High winds, a sturdy latest and choppy drinking water made for an particularly hard swim right now,” Kanute claimed. “It was tough to monitor Greg Harper as he was in the lead all through the swim, but I was capable to make up some time and capture him on the initially hill of the bike course. I enjoy this race, I enjoy its 40-12 months historical past and the picturesque course, it is in contrast to any other race.”
British triathletes dominated the women’s race, with Holly Lawrence finishing the swim part initially and foremost the run until finally fellow Brit Pallant-Browne edged her out at the commence of the heart-pounding, two hundred-stage Baker Beach front Sand Ladder. “This was my initially time competing in this race and it was my initially time browsing San Francisco, I certainly cherished it,” claimed Pallant-Browne after her victory.
Other leading finishers involved Jason West from Boulder, CO, with a time of 2:twelve:16 Holly Lawrence of Good Britain at 2:23:04 Bradley Weiss of South Africa with 2:twelve:41 and Jackie Hering from Cottage Grove, WI, at 2:27:44.
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