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Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim

August 22 @ 8:00 am PDT

UPDATE (as of 7/13/2020 5:00PM): This event was originally scheduled for Sunday June 14, 2020 and then postponed until August 22, 2020. It is now being postponed again until a date this fall (exact date TBD).


Every swimmer dreams of making the ultimate “ESCAPE” from the historical island prison located in the middle of the San Francisco Bay! This is the swim the Anglin Brothers and Frank Lee Morris successfully attempted in their escape from Alcatraz on the night of June 12, 1962. Who knows where they are now? Who cares?!! Now it’s YOUR turn! The event is limited and sells out months in advance every year so don’t wait too long to register!

PLEASE NOTE: This swim is NOT for NOVICES. This event is for experienced open-water swimmers only. You should be able to swim one mile comfortably in a pool in under 40 minutes.

WATER TEMP: ~58-62° F


INCENTIVES: T-Shirts for all participants. Medals for top three finishers in each age group. Personalized award plaques will also be mailed to the top three finishers in each age group.

AGE GROUP BREAKDOWN: Male and Female: 5-6, 7-8, 9-10, 11-12, 13-14, 15-17, 18-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80-84, 85-89, 90-94, 95-100!

ENTRANT LETTER: An entrant letter with all the race day details will be emailed to all registered participants and posted online here 1-2 weeks prior to event day. Please check back for any updates and the full race day itinerary.

PARKING: The best place for participants and spectators to park is Ft. Mason Center ($10/all day) located on Marina Blvd. across the street from the Safeway. Follow one of the footpaths through Ft. Mason and over the hill to Aquatic Park.

CANCELLATIONS: Registrations are non-refundable. If you can no longer participate in this event, you may receive a rollover credit (minus a $35 processing fee) toward a future event as long as you let us know by May 14 2020. After that date, a doctor’s note is required to receive a credit.



August 22
8:00 am
Event Category:




Aqautic Park
San Francisco, CA United States + Google Map