Last weekend, my brother Pete swam around Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay in the Swim Around the Rock open water competition. He said it was a tough 3.25 mile course (from Aquatic Park around Alcatraz and back) but that the calm water on the far side of the island gave him a rest from the current. The water was a relatively-warm 60 degrees F. Only 40 swimmers were allowed to enter. The course was monitored by kayakers, lifeguards, and support boats. Pete was met at the finish with family hugs and tea.
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