Lauren Goss and Ben Kanute were amongst a star-studded field competing at the iconic Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Due to unsafe water conditions the swim was cancelled, modifying the race to a tortuous 18-mile bike ride coupled with a demanding 8-mile run through the trails of the Golden Gate Recreational Area. The race format was changed to 30 second staggered time trial start times.
Being one of the strong swimmers amongst the group Lauren Goss was looking forward to the swim start but said “The cancellation of the swim was for sure the right call. I didn’t want to jump into the bay with how choppy it was. The entire women’s field was stacked with strong swimmers so I’m not sure how much it would have really played a part in the race.”
The time trial format of the race clearly suited Goss who said “I fortunately had a TT experience at The Island House race and I did well. So I had some confidence at the start.”
Out performing both the current IRONMAN 70.3 World Champion on the shortened course by 1:30 and Olympian Katie Zaferes by 1:04 to win Escape Alcatraz for her first time, Goss exuberantly expressed
“I’m pretty much speechless and did not think I would be in contention for the win today. I actually didn’t think I would be on the podium.”
“My training hasn’t been great this past month and my confidence was low. I took chances on the bike and it paid off. I’m so happy!”
In the men’s race First Endurance’s newest team member, 2016 Olympian Ben Kanute, was first to start in the TT order and broke the tape first but had to wait for all of the time trial staggered starters to finish to claim the victory.
Kanute, who is a standout swimmer said “The swim cancellation was an obvious disappointment, especially since the swim is such a strength for me. However, I just refocused and got ready for the race that was organized for us afterward (bike/run)”
On route to his win Kanute pulled off the fastest bike split, 56 seconds ahead of uber biker Dye, tied for the fastest sand ladder section and finished with the 5th best run.
Kanute won the shortened Escape from Alcatraz course 1:08 in advance of fellow Olympian Gregory Billington. First Endurance athletes, Cam Dye and Kevin Collington who took 3rd and 4th place respectively with 6-time winner Andy Potts in 5th.
“This win means so much to me. Alcatraz is a classic in Triathlon, and many legends of the sport have won this race. To be added to This list is a huge honor, and I am very happy with my effort on the day.”
Escape From Alcatraz
San Francisco, CA
June 11, 2017
1. Lauren Goss 1:42:06
2. Katie Zaferes 1:43:10
3. Holly Lawrence 1:43:36
4. Barbara Riveros 1:46:35
5. Paula Findlay 1:48:06
6. Jennifer Spieldenner 1:49:28
7. Lauren Brandon 1:51:19
1 Ben Kanute 1:30:09
2 Gregory Billington 1:31:17
3 Cameron Dye 1:31:58
4 Kevin Collington 1:33:06
5 Andy Potts 1:33:14
6 Mauricio Mendez Cruz 1:33:29
7 Eric Lagerstrom 1:33:58
8 Tommy Zaferes 1:34:15
9 Sean Jefferson 1:38:20
10 Max Fennell 1:50:05