There’s something about San Francisco’s Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon that brings out the best in Andy Potts.
Potts won his record-setting fifth title in the 32-year-old race on Sunday with a time of 2 hours, 3 minutes and 17 seconds, beating out three athletes ranked by the International Triathlon Union’s World Triathlon Series in the process.
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The 35-year-old’s wins in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011 and now 2012 is the most among males in the event’s history.
“I don’t think it’s the topography or the actual layout,” said Potts, when asked why he’s had so much success in the Escape. “The biggest difference is that I want to do well here. I have a big desire to perform well here ... There’s no substitute for want.”
Potts is no slouch on the world stage either. He competed in the 2004 Olympics, won an Ironman 70.3 (half Ironman) World Championship in 2007 and most recently won a 70.3 race in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands on May 6.
He was second out of the water with a time of 27:10 after the 1.5-mile swim from a four-story ferry just southeast of the infamous island to the Marina Green Beach, then pulled away on the bike leg.
Potts had the fastest time (45:41) on the 18-mile bike course through the Presidio, Seacliff and Golden Gate Park to pull away from the pack, then finished with the fourth-best time (45.27) on the 8-mile run through Baker Beach, the Presidio and Crissy Field to hold off second-place finisher Courtney Atkinson by 36 seconds.