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Date(s) - 09/23/2023
5:15 am - 11:00 am


Annual Alcatraz Invitational 2023

Saturday, September 23

Swimmers at start of Alcatraz Challenge swim

If you have always dreamed of swimming from Alcatraz to San Francisco, here is your chance!  Join us for a 1.27 mile open water swim from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park in San Francisco.  Our boats will escort you to the island where you will take the plunge and swim back to shore and a delicious breakfast.  Check this off your bucket list in 2022!

Are you ready for a swim of a lifetime? This swim is a little more than a mile crossing from Alcatraz Island to Aquatic Park Beach. Cross the San Francisco Bay channel with views of the city, Golden Gate Bridge and Bay Bridge in the distance.

1.27 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, t-shirt, and brunch ticket. Awards to over-all winners in each division.

Spectator passes will be on hold until we get more guidance about boat capacity.

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

We will send out 2 swim updates prior to the swim to registered participants.

FAQs – Answers to your frequently asked questions are here.

HOTELS – We have compiled a list of hotels in the immediate area of the event here.

2023 Alcatraz Invitational Timeline

Times are subject to change.

Time Description
05:15am Registration opens
05:45am Same-day registration opens (capacity permitting)
06:10am Registration closes
06:45am Swimmers walk to ferries at Pier 41
07:15am Ferries depart pier 41
07:45am Swim begins 500 ft off Alcatraz
8:15am Finish line and breakfast opens
10:00am Last swimmer out of the water
9:45am Awards ceremony


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