FAQs



Q: Who can participate in the Aquathlon?

A: The race is open to amateur athletes. All participants must be 18 years of age or older.


Q: How many entry spots are available to participants?

A: The race is capped at 400 entries. This is due to the capacity on the start boat.


Q: Is the Aquathlon a USAT-sanctioned event?

A: Yes. As such, Aquathlon participants must purchase a 1-day USAT license if they are not already a USAT member. Triathlon participants who have already purchased a 1-day license do not need to purchase a 2nd license.


Q: Can I exchange my Triathlon slot for an Aquathlon slot?

A: No exchanges or refunds.


Q: Can I defer my slot?

A: Yes, per the participant waiver… Participants may defer to the following year for medical emergency and military order reasons only. Proof of medical injury or condition that prohibits you from competing via a doctor's note must be emailed to info@escapealcatraztri.com no later than May 25, 2020.

You will not be refunded your 2020 entry fee, as this will reserve your slot in 2021. Participants granted a deferment will need to pay an additional deferment fee when confirming their 2021 slot. The fee amount will correspond to the date the request and doctor's note are sent to info@escapealcatraztri.com.

Deferment Fee Schedule

  • Deferral requested on or before April 27, 2020: $100
  • Deferral requested between April 28 – May 25, 2020: $160

There will be no deferrals for 2020 participants granted after May 25, 2020. No exceptions.


Q: How much swim experience do I need to compete in the Aquathlon?

A: Even at the shorter distance, swimming in the bay is a challenging experience. Depending on the current, temperature, and winds, it can be particularly tough, even for the most experienced swimmers. Only you know how well you can swim. If you have swim questions or concerns specific to your situation, please email us at info@escapealcatraztri.com


Q: What if I just want to do the swim?

A: For safety reasons, we cannot allow any Aquathlon competitor to skip either portion of the race. All competitors must complete both the swim and run.


Q: When do I receive my timing chip?

A: You will receive it in your packet, along with your bib and swim cap, on Friday when you check-in at Sports Basement.


Q: If I’m doing both races, can I pick up both of my race packets together?

A: No, you must pick up your Aquathlon race packet on Friday evening at Sports Basement, and your Triathlon race packet on Saturday at Marina Green after the Aquathlon. You are the only person who can pick up your registration packet.

We will have a fast-track line on Saturday for athletes doing both races.


Q: Where is the Swim Start and how do I get there?

A: On Saturday morning, after setting up your transition area at Little Marina Green, you will get on one of the provided shuttles to Pier 3. You will ordered according to Age Group and boarded onto The San Francisco Spirit. This boat will depart Pier 3, pass Alcatraz Island, and stop approximately 750 meters out from sthe swim exit. All participants will jump from this boat to start the race.


Q: What happens if I need help during the swim?

A: There will be many boats, kayaks, lifeguards, and water safety teams out on the water during the swim. They are available if you need to grab onto a boat or kayak for a minute to rest or re-orient yourself. This action will not incur a penalty. They are there for rescue as well if you determine you cannot finish the swim and wish to drop out of the race.


Q: What is the cut-off time for the swim and what happens if I don't make it in the time allotted?

A: The cut-off time for the swim is one hour. Those still in the water after one hour will be picked up by boat, brought to shore, and allowed to finish without penalty.


Q: When is the awards ceremony?

A: The awards ceremony will take place at Marina Green at approximately 10:00am on Saturday.


Q: Who receives awards?

A: The top finisher (male and female) in each age group will receive an award.


Q: Where can I find race photos?

A: Race photos will be available for viewing and purchase from FinisherPix following the event weekend.

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