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Andy Potts Goes for Fourth Straight Win at 2010 Escape from Alcatraz

Posted Apr 29 2010 9:00am
Posted by Brandon on Apr 29, 2010 |
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SAN FRANCISCO, April 28 /PRNewswire

Escape from Alcatraz™ Triathlon Three-time Winner Andy Potts, from Colorado Springs, Colo. is set to compete on Sunday, May 2, in this year’s race going for a fourth straight win. Potts will join more than 1,800 amateur and professional athletes to conquer the 1.5-mile icy cold swim from Alcatraz Island to the shore, the 18-mile hilly bike ride and grueling 8-mile run through San Francisco for the 30th Annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

“I look forward to participating in this, the 30th year of this amazing race and being a part of its ongoing history,” said Potts. “This is a first class race that attracts top athletes from around the world and takes place on a truly unique course only made possible in a great city like San Francisco.”

A handful of professional triathletes are returning to participate in this year’s Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon including: 2005 Champion Hunter Kemper from Colorado Springs, Colo.; four time winner Chris “Macca” McCormack, from Australia; two-time winner Leanda Cave, from Tucson, AZ; and seven-time champion Michellie Jones, from Carlsbad, Calif.

Several physically challenged athletes including U.S. Marine Corporal Evan Morgan – double leg amputee, U.S. Army Combat Engineer Ben Crowley – single leg amputee and U.S. Army Battalion Sergeant Major John Blue – single leg amputee will also compete in this arduous race alongside thousands of able-bodied athletes. All three soldiers suffered a permanent disability while serving our country in Iraq and Afghanistan and take part in Operation Rebound which helps injured veterans “get back in the game.” These amputees will compete in this difficult race to demonstrate to other challenged athletes and injured soldiers that sports can be a powerful force for recovery.

The race will take place on Sunday, May 2, at 8 a.m. on the Marina Green, in San Francisco. The public is invited to watch the race and attend the free all day Fitness Festival & Expo. The Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon is owned and produced by IMG Worldwide with race direction provided by Premier Event Management. For more information visit www.escapefromalcatraztriathlon.com .

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