2016 Alcatraz Swim — another success!


The spirit of love and compassion was strong again this year as we rallied together in support of this great cause.  Hugs were shared and tears were shed as we reflected on the lives of those no longer with us, and the uncertainty that those still here face.  We won’t rest until people no longer need to suffer at the hands of hydrocephalus.  A photo of the team shortly before boarding the ferry is below!

Much more to follow, but a few highlights we wanted to call out from today…in no particular order!

  • Kyle Voulgaris placed 7th overall…out of ~1,000 swimmers!
  • Kate Damrell was joined by her older brother AND both parents!  Kate ROCKED it, and she’s excited to have her younger brother swim with us in 2017!
  • Kate and Kyle are two of our swimmers living with hydrocephalus!
  • Sonia Podvin, the researcher who received the very first Team Hydro grant, made the trip from warm San Diego to brave the freezing cold waters of San Francisco!!
  • The Team Hydro roster included two Australian blokes, and a wonderful man from Columbia — they found us online!  It is so inspiring to see the global reach of our efforts…and it was cool to share about the research we are supporting at Piper Lab at the University of Queensland!
  • Greg Osborn (cancer survivor, vietnam vet, with multiple artificial joints) completed the swim for his 7th(!) time this year.  Incredible man!
  • Kate Finlayson’s mom Pam swam again this year, carrying her daughter in her heart.  Such an inspiration to us all!

Stay tuned for more inspiring stories from the freezing waters off the rocky shores of Alcatraz!  🙂


The Day Has Arrived…!

On the eve of our ninth Alcatraz swim, we cannot help but be grateful for all the love and support from so many for so long. We have a long way to go, but we’re making progress!

Team Hydro cant wait to see all our Swimmers and Onland Supporters on the shores of Aquatic Park in SF on Saturday as we make our 9th Annual crossing of the Bay in support of hydrocephalus!! Here’s a reminder of the key milestones for tomorrow:

6:30–7:55AM: ATHLETE CHECK-IN at Aquatic Park Maritime Museum. Come to the Team Hydro Banner before and after checking-in!
~7:55AM: TEAM HYDRO PHOTO by the banner!
8:10AM: Athletes WALK TO THE FERRY from Aquatic to the Blue and Gold Ferry at Pier 41.
8:50AM: FERRY DEPARTS. Miss the ferry, miss the swim!
9:30AM: Race start is signaled by the SECOND ferry horn blast.

On-land Supporters can Look for our Swimmers in our special Team Hydro caps to begin making it to shore between: 10am–10:45am
You can make a contribution here: http://tinyurl.com/gugc75l

We cant wait to see our swimmers, and on-land supporters by the Team Hydro Banner in Aquatic Park!!

Why on Earth Would Team Hydro Swimmers Escape from Alcatraz?!

“Whooo!–Wow–What a rush!!” Those were the words of one first-time Team Hydro swimmer after he jumped into the bay to begin his first Alcatraz Escape for Hydrocephalus!! And no wonder! It is NO ordinary thing to make the swim from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco across the bay!!


Indeed, in order to complete this treacherous swim, our Hydrosharks need jump into the freezing cold bay from a ferry rocking in the waves! Our swimmers then brave freezing water temperatures and fight a fierce and mounting tide as they make their way ,stroke by stroke across the churning bay to a shore, almost 2 miles away!!


Why would anyone even attempt such a thing?!


We at Team Hydro have very good reason–we swim for great cause–to raise awareness and fund for Hydrocephalus Research!!


Saturday, August 13, over a 100 members of our intrepid group will once again attempt the Escape! We cant wait to gather on the shore of aquatic Park to join together in our desire to FIND a CURE for Hydrocephalus!


We look forward to seeing all our swimmers and on-land supporters by the Team Hydro Banner at Aquatic Park on Saturday!


Swimmer check-in: 6:30-7:55am
Gather at the Team Hydro Banner after checking in at race headquarters.


Walk to Ferries begins at 8:10am. Team Hydro swimmers take the ferry on the left!


Race begins at 9:30. (Signaled by 2nd ferry blast).


Swimmers to shore: 10-10:45 am!!


See YOU at the Team Hydro Banner!!