The Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim is Team Hydro’s flagship swim. This swim requires Team Hydro Members to brave over 1.8 miles of icy currents from Alcatraz Island to San Francisco’s Aquatic Park, through the frigid (and shark-infested!) waters of the San Francisco Bay! Often referred to as “The Rock,” Alcatraz Island served as a maximum security prison from 1933 to 1963, and was used to house some of the most notorious criminals of American history, including Al Capone, Robert “the birdman of Alcatraz” Franklin Stroud, and George “Machine Gun” Kelly. Though a total of 36 prisoners attempted escape — most famously including the intricate and mysterious attempt of Frank Morris, John Anglin, and Clarence Anglin — the penitentiary claimed that no prisoner ever successfully escaped from Alcatraz prison or survived the swim to shore.
Many claimed the route “un-swimable” due to the icy temps and strong currents which run through the Bay. But armed with resolve, resilience and fortitude that mirrors that which people living with hydrocephalus must demonstrate every day, Team Hydro swimmers, on the other hand, have successfully completed this perilous swim over 400 collective times!
We truly hope and believe that just as we triumph over this swim that was long-thought impossible, we will also one day triumph over hydrocephalus!! We are certain that one day, a cure for the difficult and life-threatening disease of Hydrocephalus WILL be found!!!!
Go HYDROSHARKS!! We are so grateful for your dedication to promoting Hydrocephalus Awareness and Research!!
If you are a swimmer–don’t forget to set up your fundraising page HERE !
On land supporters can DONATE HERE as well!!
What’s it Like to Escape from Alcatraz?!
Take a look at this video, filmed by one of our wonderful swimmers via Go Pro! It captures the purpose and essence of our swims. Raceday morning. June 7th, 2014. Thanks Phil, for this moving piece!!
Team Hydro: Why we Swim.
Wonder what the water in the bay is like–besides COLD?!?!
Click here to see a short clip of the chop on the bay between Alcatraz Island and Aquatic Park in San Francisco! This was taken on swim day 2014! : Treacherous Waters
Team Hydro Alcatraz Photos–we hope to see YOU in one soon!!
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