TAKE THE ROCK

Apex Predator Athletics

Let me start by saying thank you to the Apex Predator Athletics community and my family for coming out and supporting such a worthy cause with the Red Circle Foundation.  I would also like to thank the Nadadores Locos and the Vietnam Veterans of Diablo Valley for hosting such an amazing event and offering the opportunity to be involved free of charge.  Swimming from Alcatraz has been a goal of mine since childhood, and spending 47 minutes and 17 seconds staring into the nothing of San Francisco Bay was the cathartic experience I hoped it would be.

prerace

Prerace briefing on the Hyde Street Pier.
Pre Race briefing on the Hyde Street Pier.
Your first view of the Rock as you exit the harbor.
Your first view of the Rock as you exit the harbor.

 

Due to heavy currents pushing our escorts around during their transit across the bay we had to wait 30 minutes just off the coast of the Rock.  We all felt a little more comfortable at that point since now it seemed like a normal military evolution.  Hurry up and wait. Just like old times.

This isIt didn’t take long for many of us to revert back to our most primal of instincts.  What do you expect when you leave sailors and marines alone on a boat?

safety

This event was completely staffed by volunteers who woke up to muster before dawn.

This event was completely staffed by volunteers who woke up to muster before dawn and provided all the transportation.  My safety escort is in the bright green kayak picture above.

 

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After the initial jump from the deck, of a boat driven by a former Airborne Infantryman, the pack quickly broke itself up, and I found myself in the faster group.  There was a strong ebbing tide which pushed us around a bit, but the water temperature was surprisingly warm.

Pictured above is the most graceful of the entries, of course executed by a former "dental tech" that never saw a clinic since he was too busy with the Marines in the field.

Pictured above is the most graceful of the entries, executed by a former “tech” Corpsman that never saw a clinic since he was too busy with the Marines in the field.

splash

At the time of writing this article we have come together to raise $1165 in less then 2 months, 100% of which will go directly to the families of Special Operations warriors who have paid the ultimate price.  I was honored to suck salt water in exchange for such an awesome outpouring of support.  I only wish there was more I could do.

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This isn’t me but this was my view every time I looked up to spot.

baybridge swim

Most of the photos from the event are of the second pack where there was a greater number of intermediate swimmers.

fin

 

47.17 Time 4th Overall 1.4 miles (plus or minus .1)

Doing a 5k because someone at work guilted you into it?  Don’t feel a strong connection to inflatable 5k’s? Are you running a marathon in October?  Why not use the opportunity to help others while you realize a personal goal?

As we move forward I am proud to announce that our community will continue to work hand in hand with The Red Circle Foundation to raise money and awareness about this pressing need. The current fundraiser is active on their site, but as of today we have a team page which any member of our community can use!

https://p2p.charityengine.net/rcf/Fundraising/team/apexpredatorathletics-team 

So now its your turn to get in the fight.  If you need help figuring out how you can contribute reach out to me and I will be happy to give you some good ideas!  Make a difference in someones life today.  Join APA and RCF in an effort to give back to those who have given all already.

-GPS

I would like to thank my family, friends, and the APA community for supporting me in accomplishing this life long goal. Together we are capable of great things.

I would like to thank my family, friends, and the APA community for supporting me in accomplishing this life long goal. Together we are capable of great things.

Myself and Joe Jackson who is also a Navy veteran. He finished first overall with no wetsuit in a time of 37 minutes.

Myself and Joe Jackson who is also a Navy veteran. He finished first overall with no wetsuit in a time of 37 minutes.

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