On the morning of the swim, look for the Team Hydro banner and, after you check in at race headquarters, come to collect your special Team Hydro swim cap, tee shirt and wrist band!! We also have many experienced veteran swimmers with collectively over 500 Alcatraz crossings — we’re more than happy to share race day tips!
Officially sanctioned by the Sharkfest organizers, these limited edition caps will help you stand out to family and friends–and other swimmers–as a member of Team Hydro. Wearing your cap on race day will help spread awareness of the difficult condition we are seeking to cure, and help you stand out as a person willing to use their swimming strength to help others, by promoting this wonderful and important cause!
Team Hydro shirts make a great souvenir, and are a great conversation starter — not only about the fact that you’ve swum successfully from Alcatraz — but also about Team Hydro and hydrocephalus! They are pretty cool looking, too!
You’ll be given a band which bears the name of a person who is living with or has passed away from hydrocephalus. It allows you to dedicate your swim to someone who knows first hand the challenges hydrocephalus can bring to the lives of patients and families with the condition. You’ll also get the chance to read a brief personal story of the person it honors. Every year we are told by those who wear the bands and read the stories that they are inspired to swim faster than ever as a result!
- 5:45–7:05AM: Race check-in begins at at the race finish in Aquatic Park
- Following check-in just make your way to the Team Hydro Banner located to the far left of the grandstands! We’ll have a secure spot for you to keep your belongings, as well as snacks and camaraderie available! We’ll also provide a pre-race update on the water conditions, weather, etc.
- 7:25am: We’ll walk together to the ferries (Team Hydro swimmers take the ferry on the RIGHT)!!
- 8:45am: Race start!
- 9:15am-10:00am: On-land Supporters can Look for our Swimmers in our special ORANGE TEAM HYDRO caps to begin making it to shore!