Olympian Javier Gomez of Spain won today’s Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon with a time of 2:04:27. The 2012 Olympics Silver Medalist and first time escapee edged out second and third place finishers Graham O’Grady of New Zealand and Jesse Thomas of Springfield, Oregon.
Another first time escapee, Heather Jackson of Carlsbad, California won the female professional division with a time of 2:18:08. Sharing the podium with Jackson were second place finisher Sarah Groff of Hanover, New Hampshire and third place finisher Ricarda Lisk of Germany.
Gomez was impressed with the race. “This Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon win is a great start to the season. I have always wanted to come to San Francisco to race in this infamous triathlon. The course was tough with cold water, strong currents and a great field of competitors.”
Racers from 13 to 80-years-old and a number of physically challenged athletes from Challenged Athletes Foundation participated in the triathlon. “One Armed” Willie Stewart of Boise Idaho was the victor for the challenged athletes division with a time of 2:56:29. 13-year old Estafana Fowler of New Zealand was the youngest finisher with a time of 4:16:27.
Local hero Eric Gilsenan finished his 25th consecutive Escape from Alcatraz. Will he be back next year for a 26th attempt? Stay tuned…