7-Year-Old Swims From Alcatraz to San Francisco
A 7-year-old kid swam the 1.4 miles from Alcatraz to San Franciso this morning.
A 7-year-old Arizona boy completed an estimated 1.4-mile swim from Alcatraz Island to the city’s Aquatic Park early Monday. Braxton Bilbrey’s coach and two other adults joined him in the chilly waters of San Francisco Bay. He was greeted at the finish by reporters, photographers and well-wishers.
Alcatraz, once a notorious federal prison that housed some of the nation’s infamous criminals, including Chicago mobster Al Capone, is now a tourist site that attracts about 1 million visitors a year. It also draws a fair share of swimmers who attempt the crossing as part of the annual Escape from Alcatraz triathlon.
The second-grader from Glendale, Ariz., got the idea when he saw a magazine story about a 9-year-old boy who made the swim. Johnny Wilson, a fourth grader from Hillsborough completed the swim in 53-degree waters last October. Braxton, who has completed several short-scale youth triathlons, then asked his swim coach if he could do it. “If you were to ask me if a 7-year-old is old enough to do it, I’d say maybe one out of 10 million,” coach Joe Zemaitis said. “But he’s that one.”
This mostly caught my attention because I saw the Sean Connery-Nicolas Cage flick “The Rock” last night. Otherwise, I don’t know how big a deal swimming 1.4 miles is, even for a 7-year-old.
Update: Photo added.