Frequently Asked Questions
2020 Frequently Asked Questions
What type of Triathlon is this and what are the distances?
How many years has this triathlon taken place?
Who can participate in the triathlon?
How many entry spots are available to participants?
Is this a good race for first-timers?
Where does the race take place?
When will the race take place?
What is the weather and water temperature in early June in San Francisco?
A: The weather can vary greatly at this time of year even minute by minute. Generally, the weather is mild in the upper 50's to upper 60's, however some years have seen low 40's and some have seen upper 80's. The water temperature in the Bay is generally around 55 degrees.
How can I register for this triathlon?
2. Qualify by placing first in your age group in the previous year's Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
4. Enter as a Professional Triathlete
5. On behalf of a Partner Charity
6. Receive a Sponsor Guest Slot
A: Yes, you must be at least 18 years of age
What are the entry fees?
Open Relay Teams: $425 per team memberWhat forms of payment do you accept?
A: We accept VISA, MasterCard, AMEX, and Discover Card.
What is your refund and deferral policy?
See below for our deferment parameters. We encourage you to take a detailed look at your calendar before registering to minimize the risk of a scheduling conflict. We understand accidents, injuries, and other unexpected events happen every day. Life is unpredictable, but fair warnings are appreciated, to help us continue to accommodate the rest of the field. Please read and understand the new deferral policy BEFORE you commit to racing in the 2020 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.
NEW Deferrals: Participants competing as individuals (does not apply to relay teams*) 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.
Deferment Fee Schedule
• Request sent on or before April 27, 2020: $250
• Request sent between April 28, 2020 - May 25, 2020: $375
There will be no deferrals for 2020 participants granted after May 25, 2020. No exceptions.
*There are no refunds or deferrals for relay teams or team members. Relay team members must find a replacement.
When and how can I enter the Random Drawing?
Is there a fee to enter the random drawing?
How many times may I enter the drawing?
Do I need a specific qualifying time or specific triathlon experience to be selected in the drawing?
If I am selected in the random drawing and my friend is not, can I give him/her my winning spot?
If I am selected in the drawing, may I defer to the following year?
How will I know if I am selected in the random drawing?
How do I accept my winning slot and confirm my entry?
How can I enter as a Professional Triathlete?
How can I race on behalf of a Charity?
A: The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon offers a limited number of spots to charities. These charities may distribute their entry slots as they choose. Interested parties must contact each charity directly regarding their race entries. To view a list of participating charities, CLICK HERE.
How can I receive a sponsor guest slot?
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What airport should I fly in to for the event?
What is the best way to ship my bicycle to San Francisco?
What hotels are close enough to bike to the event?
Where can I park on race day?
How do I confirm that I am registered for the race?
What is the event schedule?
What am I required to attend as a participant?
When do I pick up my packet?
What items will I need during packet pick-up?
When do I get body marked?
When do I rack my bike?
You will still be able to rack your bike on Sunday morning too.
When do I receive my timing chip?
Why the two race bags?
What should I place in my two transition bags?
May a friend or family member pick up my race packet for me?
Are there additional opportunities to learn about the race besides the athlete meeting?
Where is the swim start and how do I get there?
What attire is allowed or not allowed on the swim?
What is the water temperature in the Bay?
Are there sharks in the Bay?
What happens if I need help during the swim?
What is the cut-off time for the swim and what happens if I don't make it in the time allotted?
How far is the swim exit from the main transition?
Is there a practice swim I can join before the race?
A. Our friends at Water World Swim offer test swims and clinics. More info here: https://waterworldswim.com/events/alcatraz-test-swim-for-escape-tri-2019/
Can my friends and family wait for me by my bike in transition?
Can my friends and family decorate my bike position area in transition?
Are stationary bicycle trainers allowed in transition?
What type of bicycle is best for this race?
What is the elevation of the bike course?
A: Sports Basement is located in the Presidio approximately a mile from the transition area, finish line, and race expo at Marina Green. 610 Old Mason Street. They have plenty of experts on hand in their bicycle department who can assist you. Sports Basement staff will also be on hand in transition and on the course to assist with bike support. However, be patient as they make their way to you in transition or on course.
RUN & FINISH
What types of surfaces will I encounter on the run?
Is the run course a closed course?
What is the Sand Ladder and where is it located?
Where is the finish line?
Can my friends and family cross the finish line with me?
Will I receive anything when I finish?
NUTRITION & AID STATIONS
Where are the aid stations located throughout the course?
What is available at the aid stations?
Are gels allowed on the course?
What meal is available at the finish?
What does it mean to compete on a relay team?
Do relay teams need to enter the random drawing?
What is the difference between an Open Relay Team and a Corporate ESCAPE Team?A: An Open Relay Team is made up of two or three participants who are friends, family, colleagues, neighbors, teammates, strangers or any other combination. Open relay teams participate on behalf of their individual teams and are divided in the competition categories of All Male, All Female, and Mixed. The top 3 finishing teams in each competition category will be recognized during the awards.
A Corporate ESCAPE Team is made up of three participants from the same company, corporation, or organization who compete alongside other teams from their same company, all on behalf of their company or organization. Each company or organization must register at least TWO teams in order to compete. The company or organization with the best combined finish time of their top two teams will win the coveted Keys to the Rock Corporate ESCAPE Cup, a perpetual trophy awarded and defended each year. The Corporate ESCAPE relay is limited to about 50 relay teams. Honorary mention is also given to the top finishing all male, all female, and mixed Corporate ESCAPE Team. MOREWhich relay team member is responsible for the warm-up transition run from the swim exit to the main transition area?
A: The swimmer.
When and where do the relay teammates switch off for the next leg?
A: The cyclist and the runner must wait in transition in the relay corral. The swimmer passes the timing chip (the “baton") off to the cyclist. The cyclist passes the timing chip off to the runner.
When do the cyclist and runner need to be in place in the transition area?
Are stationary bicycle trainers allowed in transition?
FRIENDS & FAMILY
How can I volunteer for the event?
A: Marina Green is a great place to watch the swim start and swim. Marina Green Beach just west of St. Francis Yacht Club is a great place to watch the swim and swim exit. Marina Green is the best place to watch transition. Marina Blvd is a great place to watch a portion of the bike and run portion of the race. There will be grandstands along both sides of the finish chute to watch participants finish the race.
Is there anything for my friends and family to do during the race?
How can I view or track race results?
AFTER THE RACE
When is the awards ceremony?
Who receives awards?
Where can I find race photos?