Kanute and Goss win shortened Escape from Alcatraz

Ben Kanute and Lauren Goss took the titles at Escape from Alcatraz after the swim was cancelled due to high winds.

| June 12, 2017 | NEWS

Ben Kanute runs down the finish chute to take the 2017 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

Ben Kanute runs down the finish chute to take the 2017 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon.

Photo >Rocky Arroyo

After high winds forced officials to cancel the swim, the pro athletes took off at 30-second intervals for an 18-mile bike and 8-mile run at the Escape from Alcatraz triathlon in San Francisco today.

Rocky Arroyo captured this great shot of American Olympian Ben Kanute running down the finishing chute to take the men's title.

“I felt great coming into today’s race,” said Kanute. “When I first heard the swim was cancelled I was disappointed but then I realized I was here to race and win, no matter what the course and all legs of this course are extremely challenging. The strong winds today made both the bike and run legs even more challenging. To race alongside some of the legends of the sport in this quality field was a huge honor, making this the biggest win of my career to date.”

Goss also felt it was the biggest win of her career as she finished ahead of American Olympian Katie Zaferes and defending Ironman 70.3 world champion Holly Lawrence (GBR).

Men:

  1. Ben Kanute (USA) 1:30:09
  2. Gregory Billington (USA) 1:31:17
  3. Cameron Dye (USA) 1:31:58

 

Women:

  1. Lauren Goss (USA) 1:42:06
  2. Katie Zaferes (USA) 1:43:10
  3. Holly Lawrence (GBR) 1:43:36