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No escaping Alcatraz challenges

Cold water, varying terrain test triathletes trying to get off The Rock

Updated: May 30, 2014, 1:10 PM ET
By Doug Williams | Special to ESPN.com

When Leanda Cave jumps into the water near Alcatraz Sunday morning, she'll be wearing a wetsuit to guard against the frigid water of San Francisco Bay. This will be her seventh start in the Escape From Alcatraz triathlon, so she knows what's in store.

The water temperature will be in the 50s and the strong current will push the triathlon's 2,000 swimmers hard toward the Golden Gate. Cave will be both excited and anxious about starting one of the world's most notable triathlons, now in its ...

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