The seven local residents who competed in this year’s Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon included a first-time participant and a wily race veteran who both placed among the top 10 of their respective age divisions June 3.
Escape novice Doug Kylander of Mountain View finished seventh in the men’s 50-54 division with a time of 2 hours, 41 minutes and 39 seconds. That’s 25 minutes faster than any other local who participated in the 38th annual event, comprising a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shore, an 18-mile bike ride and an 8-mile run through the city.
“I’m pleased with my time,” Kylander said. “Coming into it, I had no expectations. I just wanted to get through the swim and go from there.”
Los Altos resident Jacob Tanz, making his fifth Escape, placed 10th in the men’s 65-69 division with a 3:33.52.
“I was very happy with my time,” he said. “I shaved a couple minutes off my personal record.”
Tanz credits the PR to getting out of his wetsuit faster in the transition from the swim to the bike.
“It’s normally a struggle,” he said. “This time, I sprayed my legs and arms with anti-chafing spray – it’s a little secret I learned.”
Tanz added that he also benefited from his race experience and by doing a practice run a few weeks prior to the race.
“That was a tremendous help,” said Tanz, who works out six days a week. “I was less anxious and more calm and collected.”
Kylander, on the other hand, admitted to having some anxiety about the swim portion.
“I was pretty nervous about swimming across the bay,” he said, “but the water wasn’t as cold as I thought it would be – it was 57 degrees – and I ended up having a pretty decent swim. I got lucky.”
Kylander, who recently moved to the area from Philadelphia, added that “the run was a little bit more challenging because there was a lot of up and down, but I just kept the finish line in mind.”
Like Tanz – who described San Francisco as “a beautiful venue” for the race – Kylander hopes to compete again next year (participants are chosen through a lottery system).
“It’s an iconic triathlon, and I feel lucky to have been able to do it,” he said. “I really enjoyed it.”
Here’s how the other local residents did in the race:
• Mountain View resident Florence Juge-Boulogne took 28th in the women’s 50-54 division with a 3:51:24.
• Mountain View’s Nicolas Renold placed 43rd in the men’s 25-29 division with a 3:07:16.
• Los Altos resident Patrick Soheil was 91st in the men’s 55-59 division with a 4:19:08.
• Mountain View’s Lincoln Clark finished 131st in the men’s 50-54 division with a 3:44:49.
• Mountain View’s Michael Soulage came in 133rd in the men’s 35-39 division by clocking a 3:47:06.