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SF Triathlete Swimming to Break Record for Longest Non-Wetsuit River Swim in The US

By the time he walks into his Market Street office at 8 a.m., Jamie Patrick, 40, has been up for hours, swimming in an Endless Pool in his garage. For lunch, the general manager of his family’s office supply firm Patrick & Co. hits up Aquatic Park or Golden Gate Tennis & Swim Club for another 90 minutes in the water. Come the weekend, he’s freestyling in the bay. It’s all part of his training to swim the length of the Sacramento River next month to raise money for Buena Vista Auxiliary’s literacy programs in Contra Costa County. He’ll start at the bottom of the Lake Shasta dam and plans to swim 240 miles nonstop over nearly three days in 55- to 72-degree water to reach Sacramento.

Water Bottle World: A Guide to Finding Hydration Perfection

Now I'm thirsty. Whether you're looking to add to your collection or need a starter bottle, reusable water bottles are a simple way to help the environment, save money and stay hydrated. The main reason I carry one is to help eliminate the use of plastic — watch the documentary Bag It and you'll want to do something. Here's one thing. In a city full of fitness fiends, we have an extensive selection. Here's a guide to the city's coolest, all BPA-Free (BPA is a chemical compound used in manufacturing polycarbonate plastic and epoxy resins; it's an endocrine disruptor that mimics estrogen).

Photos: A Bay Area Parkour Meetup


SF Parkour hosted the first ever San Francisco (inter)National Jam with Parkour Connections this weekend. Parkour fanatics hit the streets and walls of Oakland, Berkeley and Marin to bust out some gravity-defying moves. 

Luxe Camping Options Near the Bay Area

This is our weekly guest-blog post from the moms behind Red Tricycle, a site that focuses on the "lighter side" of parenting. Every week, they'll be bringing us their picks of stuff to do around the Bay Area with kids.

Lombardi Sports' Free Best Of Polk Block Party: Raffles, Food, Music & More!

'Tis the season of summer block parties, and bringing the festivities to the top of the hill is Lombardi Sports, who, along with Timbuk2, brings us the Best of Polk Block Party on June 18.

Solo Swim Between San Francisco and The Farallon Islands Starts Tomorrow

If you’ve been following the epic adventures of the Night Train Swimmers, you know they’ve had their eyes set on one prize: swimming between San Francisco and The Farallon Islands. After multiple six-person relay attempts in the frigid, shark-infested waters, the group finally completed two successful crossings of the notorious “Red Triangle” this spring. Now, with the smell of victory still fresh in the air, the group is setting out to do something even more challenging—swim it solo.

Scenes of the City: Rock Climbing and Bouldering At Ocean Beach, Glen Canyon Park and Corona Heights

For this week's Scenes of the City we shot local climbers in action Ocean Beach, Glen Canyon Park, Corona Heights just off of Beaver Street and on the retaining wall below the look out at Twin Peaks.

Scavenger Crawl 2011 in SOMA This Sunday: Get Ready to Drink & Raise Money for Charity

Running around the city solving riddles, searching for hidden clues and drinking beer dressed like a ninja is a heck of a way to spend a Sunday —especially for a good cause. The 2011 Scavenger Crawl is here to help you kick off the summer as a hybrid pub crawl/costume party/charity event that benefits Brush Fire Painting Workshops, an organization dedicated to healing kids through art.

You get three hours in one SF neighborhood (last year's was the Mission, this year's is SOMA) to solve all the clues, which are kept on the easier side so you actually have a chance to finish it within the time span and get some drinking in along the way at the various participating bars and pubs.

Scenes of the City: Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon

Esacape from Alcatraz swim.

Andy Potts celebrates as he comes to the finish line.

We rose early on Sunday and made our way down to Marina to capture the harrowing Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon. Swim, bike, run and do it as quick as possible. This year's winner, Andy Potts finished the 1.5 mile swim, 18-mile bike and 8-mile run in just under two hours. Badass.

The athletes transition out of the water.

The Dailey Method vs. Burn vs. Mighty Pilates: A Toning Trifecta

The Daily Method vs. Burn vs. Migty Pilates

Just when I thought I had the perfect sculpting workout regime, I get Burned. Burn, the city's newest pilates-fusion workout brings cardio into San Francisco's search for the ultimate toning workout. And when a workout is called Burn, how can a fitness junkie not try it?

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