Winner, 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
Joe Maloy
June, 2016

 
I have always wanted to do this race and to transition out to the run with Escape from Alcatraz six-time champion Andy Potts was a moment I thought I would never experience. Without the efforts of Cameron Dye, Ben Kanute and Eric Lagerstrom and how hard they pushed, I would never have found the gears myself to win. From the Alcatraz Island swim to the deep sand run, the entire day was epic.

The Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon was an important step in my preparations for this summer's Olympic Games. My coach, Paulo Sousa, likes to remind me that everything matters. My race at Alcatraz is a good indicator that our preparations are on track. I'm focused, working hard, and further honing that never-quit, run-til-you-drop attitude. When you couple that attitude with the confidence you get from performing on a stage like this one, anything can happen!

Race-best run split by over two minutes [ Full results here]


Saturday course pre-ride on my new Slice, 
thanks Cannondale!

photo credit: Rocky Arroyo

Friday Evening IMG Boat Cruise
 
photo credit: Larry Rosa
Video and Podcasts

Race week video leading up to Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon




Interview with fellow Triathlon Squad athlete  Greg Billington to reflect with  Bob Babbitt about when we knew we'd made the Rio team, what the sport means to each of us, the importance of belief, making choices versus checking boxes, and the value of hard work coupled with strong support. 
 

News



Olympic triathletes escape from Alcatraz penitentiary, June 13, 2016, by Seth Rubinroit 

"Half of the 2016 U.S. Olympic triathlon team participated in the 2016 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on Sunday. 
 

Joe Maloy won the race, which featured a 1.5-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the shore, followed by an 18-mile bike ride and an eight-mile run through San Francisco. [Read full article]




Maloy, Lawrence Take Alcatraz, and Escape from Alcatraz Gallery, June 12, 2016, by Timothy Carlson 

"Taking well to the rugged and hilly run course that rewards a strong athlete, Dye held the lead past the deep sand at Baker Beach and the strength-sapping sand ladder climb at Mile 5. Maintaining a 5th-best pace and the lead through Crissy Field, Dye finally surrendered up to the ITU star Maloy with a mile to go. After a race-best 42:48 split for the 8-mile run, Maloy finished in 2:05:44 with an 11 seconds margin of victory over Dye (45:53 run) and 1:24 over U.S. Olympian Ben Kanute, who closed with a 6th-best 46:15 run."  [Read full article]




Escape from Alcatraz Crowns New Champions, by Triathlete.com, June 12, 2016, by Susan Lacke.

"Tommy Zaferes was first out of the water with a 29:50 swim split. Rio-bound athletes Joe Maloy and Ben Kanute were only one second behind and pushed past Zaferes in transition to lead the way on the bike course. Dye and 2016 Escape from Alcatraz champion Eric Lagerstrom quickly joined the fray as the four pushed up and over the challenging and technical bike course.

It was Dye who entered T2 first, clocking a 45:23 bike split. Kanute, Lagerstrom, and Maloy followed in rapid succession.

From there, Dye led for much of the run, but Maloy was undettered by Dye's dominance. In the final miles, Maloy sidled up to Dye and the two sprinted to the finish. Maloy's 2:05:45 finishing time was enough to edge out Dye by only 11 seconds for the win. Kanute crossed the finish line in third place with a 2:07:09."   [Read full article]




The Triathlon Squad

2016 Race Schedule and Results
DATE
RACE
PLACE
TIME
2/20
UCSD Tritonman Triathlon
1st
54:02
3/4-5
Abu Dhabi WTS
49th
1:51:10
4/2-3
New Plymouth World Cup (Sprint)
18th
54:00
4/7
Gold Coast WTS
6th
1:47:53
5/14
Yokohama WTS
 11th
1:47:16
6/12
Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
1st 
2:05:45
8/18
Rio Olympic Games
 
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