Registration Opens December 1st for 25th Anniversary St. Anthony's Triathlon
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Nov. 29, 2007) – Records broke as high-caliber competition and world-class athletes, including USA Triathlon Elite Champions Matt Reed and Sarah Haskins, and Ford Ironman 70.3 World Champions Craig Alexander and Samantha McGlone, competed in last year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon. This year, St. Anthony’s Triathlon celebrates another major milestone when registration opens at 9 a.m. EST on Saturday, Dec. 1, signifying the 25th anniversary as one of the largest Olympic-distance triathlons in the United States.
The race, sponsored and produced by St. Anthony’s Health Care, takes place Sunday, April 27, 2008. Known for its scenic course along the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront, St. Anthony’s Triathlon attracts more than 4,000 individuals and 100 relay teams from more than 45 states and 17 countries. The event supports St. Anthony’s Health Care and its community-owned facilities dedicated to improving the health of the community.
Interested competitors may register online at www.satriathlon.com. Athletes are encouraged to register early as last year’s registration closed in less than seven hours.
“From its humble beginnings in 1984 with only 600 athletes, St. Anthony’s Triathlon has become an integral part of our community, bringing in thousands of spectators, participants and volunteers for a weekend focused on fitness and fun,” said St. Anthony’s Health Care President, William Ulbricht. “Now celebrating its 25th anniversary, St. Anthony’s Triathlon has a reputation as one of the premier multisport events in the world. And like the Triathlon, St. Anthony’s Health Care also has a reputation in the community for what we do best – providing quality, compassionate care for more than 75 years.”
The weekend of events, which features one of triathlon’s largest Sports & Fitness Expos, kicks off Friday, April 25, from noon to 7 p.m., in Straub Park with Athlete Check-in. Athlete Check-in and the Sports & Fitness Expo continue Saturday in Vinoy Park from noon to 7 p.m. Mandatory bike check-in for Sunday’s participants is from noon to 8 p.m. on Saturday.
Competition begins Saturday, April 26 at 8 a.m. with the Meek & Mighty Triathlon at North Shore Pool. A new increase of an additional 200 applications will be accepted for the Meek & Mighty Triathlon, a shorter-distance race for youths ages 7-10 (swim: 100 yards, bike: 3.6 miles, run: .5 miles), youths ages 11-14 and novice adults (swim: 200 yards, bike: 5.6 miles, run: 1 mile).
The events wrap up Sunday, April 27 with St. Anthony’s Triathlon beginning at 6:50 a.m., followed by a post-race party at 9:30 a.m. and an awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. A professional category consisting of nearly 100 triathletes carries a $60,000-prize purse and more than $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top male and female competitors in the Elite Amateur division. All finishers receive custom 25th Anniversary St. Anthony’s Triathlon medals and awards go to the top10 athletes in each division.
Area residents can be part of this world-class event by becoming a volunteer to assist with registration, distribute water to athletes, assist at the finish line, or serve in a number of other important roles. Volunteers are needed April 25–27 and receive a commemorative race T-shirt, access to the volunteer hospitality tent, and an opportunity to interact with world-class athletes. To volunteer, call (727) 825-1271 or register online at www.satriathlon.com.
St. Anthony’s Health Care is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. In 1997, St. Anthony’s Health Care became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area’s leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony’s Health Care has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. St. Anthony’s Health Care is comprised of the following health care facilities: St. Anthony’s Hospital, Tyrone Imaging Center and the Carillon Outpatient Center.