Tag: Alcatraz Island

Will Records Fall Around The Rock?
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Will Records Fall Around The Rock? Courtesy of Water World Swim, San Francisco Bay, California. Oliver Kusch and Aubrie Smallwood hold the course records for the 3.6-mile Swim Around The Rock.  Kusch set the men's record in 1:10:09 in 2011 while Smallwood set the women's record in 1:24:25 in 2014 in the course that starts at St. Francis, heads around

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Frank Coghlan Left A Legacy
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Courtesy of Sally Coghlan McDonald, San Francisco, California. Frank Coghlan was an American open water swimmer from California and a member of the South End Rowing Club for nearly 40 years and swam in the San Francisco Bay almost every day until he was 80 years old. Over the course of his career, Coghlan completed over 50 Alcatraz Island crossings and

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1,000 Crossings Took 20 Years
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Courtesy of WOWSA, Huntington Beach, California. It took 20 years for Gary Emich to complete 1,000 crossings between Alcatraz Island and the shoreline of San Francisco in northern California. He not only completed the crossings by steadily averaging one swim a week for 20 solid years, but he also carefully documented each and every crossing and later

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