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Alcatraz triathlon honors escapee

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ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

The nephew of two South Georgia natives, credited by many with escaping from the inescapable prison, will take part in a re-creation of sorts this summer.

Ken Widner, the nephew of the Anglin Brothers from Colquitt, will compete in the Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon in June.

The Escape From Alcatraz Triathlon has competitors actually swim from Alcatraz to shore, a distance of 1.5 miles, then ride a bike 18 miles and run 8 miles.

It's all to remember the June 1962 escape from Alcatraz by brothers Clarence and John Anglin and Frank Morris.

The Anglin's nephew, Ken Widner, ran in the Snickers Marathon in Albany Saturday, training for the San Francisco triathlon.

"They actually named the triathlon based on the 1962 escape," said WIdner. "So it will be really special to go out."

The Widner brothers provided DNA and evidence this summer, hoping to convince the public that their uncles successfully escaped.

The family released a picture of the Anglin Brothers in Brazil, and was verified by an FBI Forensic artist.

"I believe John is still alive," Widner said. "I'm not sure about Clarence, but it is very possible that both of them are still alive."

The Widner brothers say the Anglins and their escape from Alcatraz are still remembered around the world.

"A lot of young people are just fascinated by the story," Widner remarked. "And they are always checking on the brothers. They want to believe they made it."

In June the Triathlon will once again honor the Anglin Brothers, and this year, another member of their family will hit the waters off the inescapable prison.

The Widner Brothers have started an online museum of the Anglin Brothers and their Alcatraz escaped. You can see it here.

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