18th Annual Alcatraz Invitational sure to start swimmingly

May 28, 2013 by  

The South Rowing Club will be alive with excitement when the 18th Annual Alcatraz invitational takes place in San Francisco. The participants will compete in an open water swim of 1.25 miles from a designated point on Alcatraz Island to the South End Rowing Clubhouse.

Spectators are allowed in designated boats piloted by a rowing club member to cheer their individual swimmers on, and passes for these boats are $35.00. Each participant will receive a Finisher’s Medal, a swim cap, a tote bag and a ticket to the designated brunch for the swimmers. Awards will be given in each division to the winners. Those ages 14 and under must have special permission from the race director.

The temperature for the San Francisco Bay is generally around 60 or 62 degrees in September, so wet suits are allowed and also may be rented. Swim fins are not allowed unless for a disability and must be cleared by the race director.

Printing companies are often involved in producing needed materials for events of this sort. Banner printing is important to provide the directional guidance for both the participants and the spectators. As banners are highly visible hung in the air they provide excellent signage.

The race will take place on September 29, so registration will be open on September 28 from 4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m. and Sunday September 28 at 5:00 a.m. The briefing will occur at 7:30 a.m. Sunday with the boats leaving from the dock at 8:30 a.m. The swim is scheduled to end at 10:30 a.m. with the awards ceremony at 10:45 a.m.

Visit the Alcatraz Invitational website for more information.

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