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18th Annual Alcatraz Invitational

South End Rowing Club

Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM (PDT)

18th Annual Alcatraz Invitational

Registration Information

Registration Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Donation to South End Rowing Club   more info Ended
Alcatraz Invitational Registration Ended $150.00 $9.24
Spectator Ticket   more info Ended $35.00 $2.92
Brunch   more info Ended $15.00 $1.82

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Event Details

Results 2013:

Registration is now full. 

We will open spots for same day registration if they are available.  Preference will be given to those utilizing the waitlist on Eventbrite and pre-registering.  

1.25 mile open water swim from a point abeam Alcatraz Island back to the South End Rowing Clubhouse at the foot of the Hyde St. Pier in San Francisco.

Both "Suits" and "Skins" Divisions.  Each participant receives a distinctive Finisher Medal, swim cap, swimmers tote bag and brunch ticket. Awards to over-all winners in each division.

Spectator passes are available for $35, spectators may ride on a separate boat from swimmers.  Please know that if your swimmer can swim a mile in 25 minutes or less, then you will probably miss your swimmer finishing the swim if you are on the spectator boat.  

Swimmers 14 and under need to have the permission of the Race Director to swim.  Please email the race director for instructions -


Saturday, September 28, 2013

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm Early Registration

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Registration opens at 06:00 am

07:30 am Mandatory Race Briefing

07:45 am Walk short distance to boat

08:30 am Boat leaves dock

09:00 am Swim begins abeam Alcatraz

09:30 am Brunch served

10:30 am Swim ends

10:45 am Awards Ceremony


We will send out 2 swim updates prior to the swim to registered participants.  Please also see our event webpage for additional details and for the FAQ for the event.

Have questions about 18th Annual Alcatraz Invitational? Contact South End Rowing Club

When & Where

South End Rowing Club
500 Jefferson St
San Francisco, CA 94109

Sunday, September 29, 2013 at 7:00 AM (PDT)

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  News and Updates
2013-09-06 13:03:27

This is a message to individuals on the Alcaltraz Invitational Waitlist.


We recently released 40 spots into the race.  Participants have 48 hours to respond to the entry into the race.  After that your registration link expires.  


We may release another batch of tickets in the future, however I wanted to explain to you how the waitlist will work on race day.


The South End will open SAME DAY REGISTRATION, and I mean "SAME DAY REGISTRATION" on Sunday, September 29, 2013.  After we check in all the swimmers we will release any spots of the "no-shows" to same day registrants.  We will give preferance to swimmers on the waitlist, in order they are on the waitlist.


While you might think showing up for packet pickup  on Saturday, September 28 might help you with this process, it won't.


Same day registration is issued on the same day of the race. 


Hope this help answer a lot of questions I have been receiving.




Ann Turtle

Race Director

2013-09-25 18:54:17

Dear Waitlisted Swimmers -

As it stands now we have over 100 people on the wait list and while we will take same day registration for waitlisted folks once we find out how many no-shows we have, there is NO guarantee that you will get a slot.


I know you've been practicing and want to swim this Sunday so one guaranteed alternative is to sign up for the RCP Tiburon Mile swim (actually 1.2 miles).  This well-run event goes from Angel Island back to Tiburon and proceeds go to support Hospice by the Bay a non-profit who provide care and support for those in the final stages of life.


Registration will be open only through 11:59 tomorrow evening Thursday September 26, 2013 so don't delay.  You can register at


Enjoy this great alternative BUT please remember to sign-up early for the 2014 South End Alcatraz Invitational.


Ann Turtle

Race Director"

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