Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon

What is the “Escape From Alcatraz” triathlon?

Every year, thousands of professional athletes from all over the world come to compete in the “Escape from Alcatraz™” Triathlon, writes

On June 7, more than 2,000 amateur and professional athletes took the plunge into the 60 degree water of San Francisco Bay to compete in the 35th Annual event.

It features a grueling 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shore, an 18-mile bike ride, and an 8-mile run through San Francisco.  It is considered one of the most punishing triathlons in the world, according to

First-time Escape-from-Alcatraz competitor Eric Lagerstrom won this year’s men’s professional triathlete division.

For the first time in years, the race came down to the wire, with Lagerstrom pulling ahead of six-time champion and competitor Andy Potts in the final seconds.

“It’s been a lifelong goal to win the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon and right now I feel like I’m on top of the world,” said Eric Lagerstrom, pro athlete and brand ambassador for the solar-panel financing company Equal Earth.

“Running down the finish line neck-and-neck with six-time champion Andy Potts was epic. It is something I will never forget.”

Lagerstrom’s finish time was 2:02:06 – a remarkable accomplishment for the Alcatraz race course.

Lagerstrom is a 2013 Super Sprint National Champion and sponsored by Equal Earth, based out of San Diego.

“We are thrilled for Eric and couldn’t be more proud of him,” said Andrew Duggan, Chairman and CEO of Equal Earth.

“Eric sets out to accomplish big goals, puts in the hard work and delivers results. He defines what makes a true champion – and embodies the type of values that are important to us at Equal Earth.”

Lagerstrom is an accomplished triathlete, Super Sprint National Champion and has been racing since he was 12 years old. He currently trains in California with the Triathlon Squad and serves as a brand ambassador for the company Equal Earth.