Most San Franciscans probably couldn't name the top finishers of this weekend's Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Sadly, however, the name Ross Ehlinger looms large -- because he's the 46-year-old man who died shortly after leaping into the frigid water. USA Triathlon, the sport's national governing b ... More >>
chlorine on the brainTo the non-athlete, even a five-mile run or swim seems crazy. But here is a guy who can make even ultra marathoners look sane. Jamie Patrick, a die-hard swimmer and owner of Patrick & Co. in San Francisco, is planning to swim 240 miles nonstop across the Sacramento River ... More >>
When people learn that Pedro Ordenes, 55, has swum to or from Alcatraz 126 times, or that he crossed the Strait of Magellan in 39-degree water, they often joke about his sanity. That's before they hear about his idea to swim the Bering Strait.