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Out of the Slammer and into the Swim
Laura Hilgers
November 04, 1991
Alcatraz, a lockup of legend, is the starting point for an arresting San Francisco triathlon
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November 04, 1991

Out Of The Slammer And Into The Swim

Alcatraz, a lockup of legend, is the starting point for an arresting San Francisco triathlon

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The first race, in 1981, had even more character. The original organizers didn't allow wet suits. "That kept the field pretty small," conceded one organizer, Dave Horning.

Now, with the tides carefully studied and the swimmers wrapped in neoprene, the swim is far less daunting. So much so that after Newby-Fraser won, she said, "I'm surprised more of the prisoners didn't try to break out and swim away."

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