On Monday, three people are each making their respective 500th open-water swim to Alcatraz and back. Swimming's hard! And the water's cold! And they won't be wearing wet suits. But these three guys have obviously had few problems doing it again and again, and each have significant open-water swimming accomplishments to boast of (follow the above link to the press release for details). We totally wish we had the cojones and physical prowess to do this . . . it's been a long time since we tried an open-water swim (and the last one we did was the Potomac in Washington, D.C., which was thoroughly disgusting).
Gary Emich, Steven Hurwitz, and Pedro Ordenes chose Monday, June 11th, to coincide with the 45th anniversary of Frank Morris and Anglin Brothers' escape from the prison on June 11, 1962.
If you'd like to see them off, show up at the South End Rowing Club, 500 Jefferson Street at 10 a.m. The feat should take about an hour.Photo from the National Park Service Web site.