First-timers win Escape from Alcatraz 2015

After decades on his bucket list, Eric Lagerstrom (USA) finally took part in iconic race Escape from Alcatraz off the coast of San Francisco yesterday (Sunday 7 June) – and won.

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The women’s pro race was also won by a debutante – Australia’s Ashleigh Gentle, more often seen racing the ITU World Triathlon Series, who won silver at WTS Yokohama last month behind Gwen Jorgensen (USA) in one of her career-best performances.

More than 2,000 athletes took part in this year’s race, starting with a 2.4km open-water swim from the infamous penitentiary of Alcatraz Island to the shoreline of Marina Green, followed by a 29km hilly bike ride through the Presidio, and finishing with a 12.8km trail run out to Baker Beach and up the infamous Sand Ladder.