Wildwood Crest triathlete Joe Maloy began his preparations for the upcoming Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Sunday by winning the famous Escape From Alcatraz race in San Francisco.

Maloy, a 30-year-old member of the U.S. Olympic men's triathlon team, overtook Cameron Dye, of Colorado Springs, Colorado in the last half mile of the run to win in 2 hours, 5 minutes, 45 seconds. Dye crossed the finish line 11 seconds later, followed by fellow U.S. Olympian Ben Kanute.

"I have always wanted to do this race," Maloy, a former swimmer and cross-country runner at Wildwood Catholic, said on the event's web site. "Without the efforts of Cameron Dye, Ben Kanute and (defending champion) Eric Lagerstrom and how hard they pushed, I would never have found the gears myself to win."

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The race consists of a 1.5-mile swim in 61-degree water from Alcatraz Island to the San Francisco shoreline, followed by an 18-mile bike to Golden Gate Park and an eight-mile trail run on Baker Beach that also features a trip up a 400-step "Sand Ladder".

The sand ladder consists of 400 steps imbeded in soft sand with ropes for railings.

According to Triathlon.com, Tommy Zaferes was first out of the water, followed closely by Maloy, Dye, Kanute and Lagerstrom. Dye held a slim lead after the bike over the other three.

Dye led for most of the run before Maloy, a former member of the Wildwood Crest Beach Patrol, pulled even with him, leading to a sprint to the finish line.

"From the Alcatraz Island swim to the deep sand run, the entire day was epic," Maloy said.

Great Britain's Holly Lawrence won the women's race in 2:20:53.

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