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Athletes jumped into the water from the San Francisco Belle to begin the first leg of the 34th annual Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon in San Francisco on Sunday. Participants must swim 1.5 miles, bike 18 miles and run 8 miles to finish the grueling race.

Athletes exit the water during the 2014 Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon on June 1, in San Francisco, Calif.Ezra Shaw / Getty Images