Tuesday, April 28, 2009

2009 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon & Expo

2009 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon:
  • Hundreds of top athletes from around the world will take over the streets and bay waters of San Francisco for the 29th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Sending triathletes on an icy cold 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shoreline, an 18 mile hilly bike ride through the Presidio and an eight mile trail run through Golden Gate Recreational Area, this high profile athletic event showcases the beauty of San Francisco.
  • This world renowned triathlon, in which only 2,000 triathletes/relay teams can participate, is sold out within hours of the registration opening every year. Fans will not want to miss this world class sporting event at the Marina Green where they can see the swim start and end, the athlete transition areas and the finish line.
  • Spectators also are invited to enjoy the free Fitness Festival & Expo throughout the weekend featuring dozens of vendors, product demonstrations, refreshments and more.

    Weekend Schedule:
  • Saturday, June 13, 11 a.m. – 7 p.m. – Fitness Festival & Expo and Registration
  • Sunday, June 14, 8 a.m. – Race Start
  • 12 p.m. Awards Ceremony
  • 7 a.m. – 3 p.m. – Fitness Festival & Expo

  • Marina Green – Near the St. Francis Yacht Club at 99 Yacht Rd., San Francisco

  • Professional athletes confirmed to race this year include winners of the 2007 and 2008 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlons Andy Potts, from the U.S. and Leanda Cave, from Great Britain; 2006 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon winner and 2008 Olympian Matt Reed, from the U.S.; 2006 Escape from Alcatraz champion Becky Lavelle, from the U.S.; and French triathlete and one of the world’s fastest swimmers Benjamin Sanson.

    Divisions: Athletes participate in the following classes
  • Professional men and women
  • Amateur men and women: 16 and under; 17-19, 20-24; 25-29; 30-34; 35-39; 40-44; 45-49; 50-54; 55-59; 60-64; 65-69; 70-74; 75-79; 80+
  • CEO challenge
  • Corporate relay
  • Challenged athletes.

    Beneficiaries: The Challenged Athletes Foundation and the Golden Gate Triathlon Club participate and benefit from the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

  • For more information about this event visit http://www.escapefromalcatraztriathlon.com/

  • Other Triathlons In California

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    Tuesday, April 14, 2009

    Rage Tri Final Update

    6th Annual RAGE Triathlon

    The time is finally here! The 6th Annual RAGE triathlon is coming up on Saturday the 18th!Here are some notes for all of you to be familiar with. PLEASE keep in mind race week is very busy for us and we may not respond to emails as quickly.Please be sure to check the website for answers to any of your questions.

    We were out at the lake yesterday and it was gorgeous out there, there were plenty of athletes in the lake, on the bikes and on the run courses getting ready for the big day. It's been great fun for myself and the BBSC staff to see this race grow from 114 athletes in 2004 to nearly 800 this year. Thanks again to all of you for coming out and making this race such a success. Here is your info and we'll see you out this weekend!Packet pick up info:Club Sport from 2-8:00pm 2100 Olympic Ave. Henderson, NV 89014 Google Map.

    We'll be body marking at packet pick up to help speed things up on race morning for everyone. If you do not get body marked at packet pick up, be sure to look for the volunteers in the bright orange shirts in transition to get you marked. USAT and NON USAT member instructions:
    Everyone MUST show picture ID.

    If you signed up as a USAT member, you MUST show your USAT card or pay the price of $10.00 for your one day USAT fee. (Check or cash only) No exceptions to this! If you signed up as a NON USAT member, you have already paid the USAT one day fee online when you registered. If you have a PENDING USAT annual membership, you MUST provide your temporary license or receipt from USAT. Otherwise, you MUST pay the extra $10.00 for the one day USAT fee. (Check or cash only)

    No one can pick up your packet for you. Please do not ask. It won't happen. There is no packet pick up on race morning, please be sure to get to packet pick up as we will not have the packets at the lake on Saturday.

    RELAY TEAMS: There is a separate table for you to come to when picking up your package, please go to the table marked "Relays"
    All 3 of your teammates MUST come together to sign USAT and BBSC waivers.
    All 3 are required to either be USAT members or pay the $10.00 per athlete USAT one day fee at packet pick up. (Check or cash only)
    Please note, we will NOT release anything to your team unless all 3 teammates are present.

    Clyde/Athena athletes: There is a separate table for you to come to when picking up your package, please go to the table marked "Clyde/Athena"You will be asked to get on the scales to verify your classification. If you come up under, you will be taken out of this division and will race as an age grouper.

    Changes: Please verify the id label on your packet is accurate. If any info is incorrect or if you just want to change your distance, there will be change sheets available for you to write down the change you want done.
    There is no charge for switching distances unless you are moving up into the 1/2. If this is the case, you must speak to the staff to take care of the payment before you will be allowed to upgrade to the 1/2.

    PLEASE NOTE: The age showing on the id label is the age you will be on Dec 31, 2009. This is per the USAT age up rule. IE: if you are 24 now, you would typically race in the 20-24 age group. However, by Dec 31 you will be 25 therefore racing in the 25-29 age group. Wetsuit Info:
    Remember that Las Vegas Multisport will be conducting a wetsuit demo at the pools at packet pick up from 2-5pm. This is a great time to try out a wetsuit.
    IF you clicked "YES" to the question "Do you need to rent a wetsuit" when registering, you must be sure you contacted http://www.wetsuitrental.com/ to be sure you get the suit in time. ( We will not have them)

    Race Day Weather: For the past week Weatherchannel.com has shown the high to be 80 degrees. Water temp should be in the low to mid 60's.

    Transition area: Transition opens at 5:00AM.
    Bike racks are marked with a bib sequence number plate: 1-24/28-48 etc You may pick ANY spot on that rack as long as your number falls within that sequence.
    Everyone around you is you're same gender, age group and distance (this is your competition)
    Exception: If you changed distances within the last 2 weeks, we did NOT reissue you a new bib number. Therefore if you changed from Olympic to Sprint, you are still going to rack with the Olympic athletes.

    Please follow the instructions of the Lake Mead rangers when coming down to park in the morning.

    You will receive your timing chip first thing in the morning. Volunteers will be at the top of transition with the chips. Just tell them your bib number and you're on your way.

    Wave Starts: There is a copy of this in your packet along with your bib/bike number and safety pins.

  • 6:10 AM: RAGE 1/2 Mass start. ( Cut off for the 1/2 is 7:15AM)
  • 6:40 AM: RAGE Sprint men.
  • 6:47 AM: RAGE Sprint women.
  • 7:00 AM: RAGE Olympic men
  • 7:07 AM: RAGE Olympic women and all relays.Aid station locations:

    There are 4 bike aid stations on the bike.
    Each will have a bottle exchange for water and HEED.
    Aid 1 is located at mile 18.2. the following 3 aid stations are each spaced between 12-13 miles from each other.

    There is one run aid station as you exit transition for your run, and aid stations at every mile on the course except at mile 6 on the Half. This aid is located at your turn around instead.
    There is HEED,water,pretzels.hammer gel, bananas, oranges, cookies and biofreeze at most aid stations.
    If you are not doing the RAGE 1/2, please limit your aid to water/HEED and gels only. Please have respect for these guys and gals, as they have a long tough course to conquer out there.

    Port o potties:
  • There will be port-o-potties at the start of the race and also at run aid stations 1,3,5,8,10,12.
  • Last year we had aid stations at each bike aid station as well, but we will not have them this year.

    Mile Markers:
  • As always we have mile markers every 5 miles on the bike course. ( this is calculated for the 1/2 athletes only)
  • We also have color coded mile markers for each distance on the run as well. They are as follows.
  • RAGE 1/2: Blue mile markers
  • RAGE Sprint: Outbound is blue, inbound is purple.
  • RAGE Oly: Outbound is blue, inbound is silver

    RAGE Roster:
  • If you switched distances in the last few days, this roster may not show the change.
  • At this point if anyone needs to switch distances, please wait until packet pick up. www.bbsctri.com/racepackets/rage/rage_roster09.pdf

    RAGE Videos:
  • eEventsNow.com will be producing Videos of the Rage Triathlon available for all athletes to view. The first of 4 videos will be ready on Saturday April 19th. Additional versions will be announced shortly there after.
    Log on to eEventsNow.com to see yourself compete and triumph in Rage. The 2008 Rage video is viewable now at eEventsNow.com

    Remember, BBSC has another event on May 9th in St George, Utah. we have less than 100 athletes before we cap this race at 1,300.
    We also have more northern Utah events this summer, including the Scofield triathlon, the ESCAPE from Scofield and the Bear Lake Classic 1/2 on August 29th!

    Thanks again everyone for coming out and we'll see you at the water.