Triathlon participants jumping from a boat into the San Francisco Bay on a Foggy Morning.

How to Watch
This Year's Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Watch Olympians, world champions, and a diverse array of athletes compete in the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon this June.

Coming back for its 42nd year, the highly coveted Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and Aquathlon will take over the waters and streets of San Francisco, June 10-11, 2023.

If you want to experience the energy and excitement of the race first-hand, head over to Marina Green to watch participants finish their swim from Alcatraz island. Also along the Green, athletes and fans can enjoy free entry to the Alcatraz Fitness Festival & Expo, occurring both Saturday and Sunday of the race weekend.

Don't miss this incredible, must-see event

The Basics


  • June 10: Aquathlon
  • June 11: Triathlon Race
  • June 10-11: Alcatraz Fitness Festival & Expo

Where to Watch

  • Marina Green - You can reach this beautiful, flat stretch of San Francisco's waterfront by taking the 22, 30, or 45 Muni buses. Street closures will be in effect for the event, so you may have to disembark a few stops early. Not to worry; that just means you'll get to enjoy a stroll through the Marina neighborhood!

Who Competes

  • 2,000 lottery-selected athletes from Olympians and challenged athletes to world champions and ardent age groupers. 

About the Courses

The Aquathlon is a 750-kilometer swim in San Francisco Bay and 5-kilometer run that finishes on Marina Green on Saturday, June 10.

On Sunday, June 11, triathletes will take on a challenging feat by engaging in a demanding 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the Marina Green shoreline. They will then face an 18-mile bike ride through the twisting roads of the Presidio, followed by an 8-mile trail run that leads to and from Baker Beach, where the notorious Sand Ladder with more than 200 steps awaits them.

Woman next to bike during Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

About the Alcatraz Fitness Festival & Expo

This expo is free and available to all athletes and fans on both Saturday and Sunday. You'll have the opportunity to discover the latest products and services from a variety of industries and enjoy sponsor activations, vendor booths, food trucks, and a beer garden. 

More To Do

If you want to take a break from triathlon events and festivities, there's plenty going on in San Francisco to fill up the rest of your weekend. Explore the beautiful neighborhoods around the Triathlon course, including the Marina and Presidio. Check out our June Events page for more info on summer activities. 


The Golden Gate Bridge at sunset with a multicolored sky and the San Francisco Bay in the foreground.
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