“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.
On Sunday, June 14, the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon will be packed with heart-pounding action featuring a 1.5 mile swim through frigid waters from Alcatraz Island to shore, a grueling 18-mile bike race, and a demanding 8-mile run through the rugged trails of Golden Gate Recreation Area. Set against the natural beauty of San Francisco, this thrilling triathlon is a virtual postcard of the City by the Bay.
For some of these athletes, the road to the start line required superhuman courage:
Brian Boyle – Welcome, MD
In 2004, collegiate swimmer Brian Boyle was in a severe car accident that caused a 60 percent blood loss. He died eight times on the operating table and received 36 blood transfusions and 13 plasma treatments. He was told he would never walk again. After just one year in rehab, Brian was back on his swim team and raced in the Ironman World Championship in Hawaii two years later.”