Three Bucket-List Triathlon Races in the United States

Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon
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A Massachusetts-based business operations and finance executive, Scott Bushley maintains a variety of responsibilities, which include responding to broker requests and pricing Level 2 and Level 3 assets, in his role as a partner with Granite Point Capital. Also an avid runner and cyclist, Scott Bushley has completed more than 25 road races and triathlons.

Triathlons are physically challenging events that comprise swimming, cycling, and running. They present opportunities to explore nature in a way that one might not have done otherwise. Some annual triathlons attract thousands of participants each year. Below are three of the most popular triathlon events in the United States.

1. Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon – This event is so popular that its 2,000 age-group spots are awarded via a lottery system, although prospective participants can earn entry to the race by winning one of 34 spots available in the Escape Triathlon Series. The race itself begins with a swim launched from a ferry and is followed by a bike ride through Golden Gate Park and a beach run featuring the iconic “sand ladder.”

2. Ironman Lake Placid – This New York-based event was created more than 20 years ago and, despite its reputation as a challenging course, has earned numerous Athlete’s Choice Awards, including Best Host City Experience and Best Race Venue Experience.

3. Brewhouse Triathlon – The longest-running triathlon in Minnesota, the Brewhouse Triathlon begins with a swim in the waters of Island Lake Park before routing participants through low-traffic northwoods roads. While the scenic backdrop is enough to entice most athletes, the promise of brewery tasting following the race is an added bonus.

Baseball’s Tag up Rule

Having gained investment analysis experience with Sunflower Capital Partners and Atlantic Trust, among other firms, Scott Bushley now serves as a partner responsible for finance and business operations with Granite Point Capital in Boston. Residing in the nearby community of Cohasset, Scott Bushley is the coordinator for Cohasset Major League and a volunteer baseball coach.

In baseball, the batter doesn’t have to record a hit in order to drive in a run. Runs can be generated via baseball’s tag-up rule that allows players on base to advance, provided they wait until after the ball has been caught. If a player leaves the base once the ball is struck, he or she will have to return to the base before making an attempt to advance to the next base.

For instance, a player on third base can score a run for his or her team by tagging up and advancing on a fly ball if there are less than two outs. In order to improve the chances of crossing home plate safely, the player should return to third base once the ball has been hit and determine, with assistance from the third-base coach, if it was hit deep enough to advance to home plate. Once the ball comes into contact with the outfielder’s glove, the runner should push off third base and sprint home to beat the relay throw.