Escape from Alcatraz - Sunday, August 15, 2021
To ensure the best possible racing experience for all our Escapees, we have decided to reschedule the 2021 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon to August 14-15, 2021. We continue to work closely with state and local health officials to safely stage the world-class event you know and love.
The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon includes a 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island in the San Francisco Bay. The race continues with an 18 mile bike ride out the Great Highway, through the Golden Gate Park, and concludes with an 8 mile run through the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The finish is at The Marina Green.
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TeamCindy honors the life of Cynthia Lynn Sherwin and promotes widespread public awareness of the dangers of a ruptured brain aneurysm – the sudden and silent killer that took her life and the lives of thousands of others each year. Cindy was a dedicated athlete, marathoner and triathlete. She was struck down at the young age of 33 while training for her first Ironman, Lake Placid 2007.
Cindy's story....Early on Monday morning, April 23, 2007, Cindy Sherwin left her Lower East Side apartment and began her day with a grueling bike ride on Riverside Drive. She was training for her first Ironman Triathlon scheduled for Lake Placid, NY in July. Cindy was an experienced marathon and triathlon competitor. She ran the New York Marathon five times and competed in numerous triathlons. The Ironman, the ultimate triathlon, was a personal challenge, and one she had dedicated herself to with the energy and passion she applied to all the other important commitments in her life. The Ironman required eight months of hard training in addition to her full schedule as an elite fitness instructor and a nutritionist, obligations for radio and TV appearances and, most recently, a new-found pleasure - speaking to elementary and middle-school children about the central theme of her life, examining the close relationship between nutrition and fitness.
This would be characteristically busy day for Cindy. She started with an early morning cycle ride in preparation for the 112-mile Ironman bike portion, a packed schedule of clients throughout the day, and perhaps a run in Central Park late in the afternoon.
But this wasn't to be a typical day for Cindy. Midway through her ride, Cynthia Lynn Sherwin suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm and died suddenly at the young age of 33.
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