AS I TRAIN ON THE ROAD TO ESCAPE FROM ALCATRAZ TRIATHLON, ON RACE DAY, I WANT THIS TO BE ABOUT A CAUSE BIGGER THAN MYSELF.... There are certain people in your life that define your youth and for me that one person was Robert Kristofic. We met as flight attendants at the Delta Air Lines training headquarters and were inseparable from the moment we met. He had a wicked sense of humor and could immediately make anyone feel at ease. I was in my early 20s and he was in his early 30s. We had more good times than any two people should be allowed to have as we traveled the world together. Robert and I even created "surprise trips" for each other where the one only told the other when to be at the airport and what to pack. That is how I found myself on a flight headed to Barcelona with my best friend only two months after we had the time of our lives in Rio de Janeiro… In September of 2013, Robert was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. Colon cancer can be challenging to diagnose, since the symptoms can be subtle, and if not caught early the chances of survival are very slim. On October 19th 2013, just over a month after being diagnosed, Robert passed away at the incomprehensible age of 46 years old. As I test my endurance & dedication in one of the most challenging courses in triathlon, I am adding to my race experience by making my race one for the greater good. I will make my journey to become an ESCAPEE from Alcatraz a race for a cause that I am passionate about. I have selected the Colon Cancer Alliance as my charity.