A San Mateo woman is planning to mark her seventh Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on Sunday.
Mandy McDougal, now 24, first participated in the iconic triathlon when she was 15. She has since competed five times, and every year she races in the triathlon with her father, 50-year-old Stuart McDougal.
The world-famous triathlon sends racers on an icy cold 1.5 mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shoreline, an 18 mile hilly bike ride through the Presidio and an eight mile trail run through Golden Gate Recreational Area.
McDougal first started racing at age 14, and loved it after her first race. She averages two triathlons a year, but has been on haitus until recently, and the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon will be her return to the sport.
She is a Total Immersion Swim Coach with the San Mateo Health Club and trains locally swimming at the College of San Mateo, running Lands End Trails and swimming at Aquatic Park, in San Francisco.
Mandy McDougal’s mom and Stuart McDougal’s wife will join them in San Francisco on race day to cheer on her daughter and husband at the finish line.
The 33rd annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon will commence at 7:30 a.m. Sunday.
RACE SCHEDULE: Sunday, March 3, 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
4:30 – 6 a.m.: Buses depart Marina Green. Triathletes are loaded onto the boats.
7:30 a.m.: First swimmers hit the water.
7:55 a.m.: First swimmers depart the water. First cyclists start the bike course.
8:30 a.m.: Last swimmers depart the water. Last cyclists start the bike course.
8:45 a.m.: First cyclists arrive at Marina Green bike finish line. First runners start run.
9:25 a.m.: First runners to Marina Green finish line.
10:30 a.m. Last cyclists finish course. Last runners start run.
11:45 a.m. Awards ceremony begins
1:00 p.m.: Last runners to Marina Green finish line.
LOCATION: Marina Green, San Francisco, Calif.
ENTRIES: 2,000 individual triathletes/relay teams, including the world’s top professional triathletes including Andy Potts, Matt Reed, Brian Fleischmann, Leanda Cave, Sarah Groff and more.