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St Pete Beach
I would highly recommend their race, it's got a little more of a grassroots feel, which triathlon is totally lacking anymore.
Harder bike course (even though shorter) than the others.
The original Escape is not Tri California's or Dave Horning's race. It is the course run by the Dolphin Club and the South End Rowing Club starting in 1981. The 30th "original" Escape will be run by those two clubs on October 2, 2010. Racers swim from Alcatraz to Aquatic Park; bike to Mill Valley in Marin County; and run the 14-mile, 4400-feet-elevation-gain Double Dipsea Trail.
You do have to be a member of one of the two clubs to participate, and there's a cap of 50 people. The grassroots vibe is awesome. No high reg fees, no course closures, no spectators; but plenty of excellent support, including the best safety boat pilots in the business, and several aid stations on the Dipsea course.
I don't mean to say there is/will be anything wrong with the other three Alcatraz courses. I did Tri California's race three years ago and thought it was extraordinarily well organized with an amazingly scenic course. Just wanted to set history straight here. And I no longer have any motive to compete in a $300-$400 event now that I can do the grassroots version and kill my legs with a lot of hilly trail running training :)