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Andy Potts Escapes from Alcatraz

Olympian wins triathlon for sixth time

A triathlete finishes the 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco's shore. (Photo: Christopher Michel/Flickr)

San Francisco Bay's water is 58 degrees and breezy, but that didn't stop 2,000-plus athletes from diving in this past Sunday for the 34th Annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

And it certainly didn't hinder Olympian Andy Potts, who swam 1.5 miles, cycled 18 miles, and ran 8 miles in 2:04:21 for the win—his sixth at that race. 

"My race day started with an awesome swim. I was first out of the water, and I never looked back until the finish line," Potts told the Fort Mill Times. "Escape from Alcatraz is my favorite race in the world, and to return after being out due to an injury last year, and win it for the sixth time, is the best feeling ever."

Potts might seem superhuman, but that doesn't mean the rest of us can't do it. Check out our training guide on how to escape from Alcatraz—no Olympic credentials required. Plus, once you get your head out of the water and embark on that hilly ride, the view ain't so bad.

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Lead Photo: Christopher Michel/Flickr
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