Congrats to Nick Cortezi, Tim Crownover, Joe Feitz and his 11-year-old daughter, Charlotte (the fastest of the All Risks team and number one in her age group), for braving the San Francisco Bay’s strong currents and 60°F water temperature to complete the Alcatraz Sharkfest Swim – 1.5 miles from the prison to shore.
WHY THE ALCATRAZ SWIM?
Joe: Charlotte was the inspiration. She is a competitive age-group swimmer with an amazingly positive attitude and great work ethic. Her swim club has groups of kids and parents participate in Alcatraz and Golden Gate open-water swims each year; it has always sounded like a great challenge and a way to make lasting memories with my daughter.
Charlotte: My dad VolunTOLD me. ;-)
WHAT WORRIED YOU THE MOST?
Nick: How badly Joe’s daughter will beat me to the finish line, because no doubt, she is going to crush me.
Tim: Not finishing or getting an assist would have been terrible. The fact that I was doing this with my CEO AND that all of my friends/family/colleagues knew I was doing it added an extra level of pressure.
Joe: Cold water and cramping.
Charlotte: Sharks, the cold water, and currents in San Francisco Bay.
WHAT WAS THE MOST DIFFICULT PART OF THE RACE?
Nick: The 600 other people in the water around me – lots of collisions. And, when you jump in the water, the mainland looks a long, long way off.
Tim: The other swimmers created the biggest challenge. Some of those folks were savages in the water – willing to do anything to make up a few extra yards.
Joe: Dealing with all of the swimmers starting at the same time and finding the space to get in a rhythm.
Charlotte: Jumping into the water from the ferry boat; I was really nervous and it seemed like a long way down.
DID YOU HAVE A PERSONAL MANTRA WHILE SWIMMING?
Nick: No, but about a third of the way through I was wondering whether my parents had dropped me on my head as a small child. Why else would I feel compelled to do this sort of thing???
Tim: Just keep swimming. Thanks Dory – it really works. 🐟
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST THOUGHT AS YOU ENTERED THE FINISH CHUTE?
Tim: My first thought was “OK, where’s Nick?” My thoughts were torn between really wanting to beat him and the multitude of All Riskers who made me promise not to let him get eaten by a shark.
Joe: Stepping on the shore with my toes in the sand after finishing the swim was one of the most gratifying experiences that I have had in a long time. My first thought was “Wow, I actually did it!”
WOULD YOU DO IT AGAIN?
Charlotte: Probably not – it was cold, I got run over by people in the water, and I saw a shark!