San Jose Campus Sports Council helps triathletes “Escape From Alcatraz”
The San Jose Campus Sports Council recently provided chiropractic sports care that enabled many triathletes to “Escape From Alcatraz” – which definitely ranks as one of the more unique swim/bike/run competitions.
Considered a “legendary” race within the triathlon community (due to the sub-average water conditions, the rough road terrain, and sandy climbs that one must endure to complete the race), the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon has drawn world-champion-triathletes, Olympic Medalists, and the best amateur triathletes from 50 states and over 40 countries, since the initial competition in 1981, and is limited to 2,000 participants.
The triathlon festival area is based in the Marina Green district of San Francisco, and starts with a 1.5 mile swim toward “The Rock” (a former federal prison on Alcatraz Island that housed some of America’s most difficult and dangerous felons during its years of operation from 1934 to 1963). Once out of the water, the competition continues with an 18-mile bike ride, and concludes with an eight-mile run.
The San Jose Campus Sports Council team, led by event clinician Dr. Zachary Brantner, D.C. (SJ Campus, ’10), provided chiropractic care for more than 60 participants, and worked in conjunction with the Univ. of California-San Francisco (UCSF) medical team, led by Dr. Anthony Luke, M.D.
“As one of the most prestigious triathlons in the world, the Escape From Alcatraz completion attracts the sport’s top athletes, which provides a great opportunity for our Sports Council members to work with top-level athletes, so they can understand the training, nutrition, and overall demands of training at an elite level,” said Dr. Brantner, who practices with fellow San Jose Campus alumnus Dr. Leonard Stein (’84) at Ultimate Sports Medicine in San Francisco.
“As a Sports Council alumnus, it’s truly an honor to get a chance to work with current students, and see how much the Sports Council and its members have developed in the past few years. The knowledge base and willingness to learn really shows me why the Sports Council chapter at Palmer’s San Jose Campus is at the top for providing a great sports-chiropractic education.”
“Much like the Sea Otter Classic, the ‘Escape From Alcatraz’ is a great experience, because it enables us to work as part of a multidisciplinary team – which provides great ‘hands-on’ opportunities to help the athletes, as well as equally great opportunities to educate others involved with caring for the athletes about chiropractic, by demonstrating the effectiveness of the service we provide,” said Tony Rodgers, one of the Sports Council’s two event coordinators.
Other San Jose Campus Sports Council members who assisted with care at the June 1 event included: Dana Bloomquist, Anna Gierach, Tyler Hove, Derek Ko, Andrew Le, Justine Lomboy, Daniele Mendoza, Jennifer Morris, Jennifer Nolan, Sam Rodriquez, Lars Seitzinger, Tamir Simard, Tanya Simard, Damir Simunac, Kevy Smith, Sharon Tseng, and Shane Walton.