St. Anthony’s Triathlon Becomes Part of New Global Event Series|
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Oct. 7, 2010) – The St. Anthony’s Triathlon, one of the best-known Olympic-distance triathlons in the United States, has become part of a new global event series titled 5150 and launched by the World Triathlon Corporation (WTC).
“We are pleased to become part of the Ironman Triathlon tradition,” said William G. Ulbricht, president of St. Anthony’s Hospital which has produced St. Anthony’s Triathlon for 27 years. “By partnering with the new 5150 Triathlon Series, we believe that St. Anthony’s Triathlon will continue to grow as a premier triathlon event. As the WTC has added Philip LaHaye to its staff as the 5150 director of operations. Philip will continue to serve as race director for St. Anthony’s Triathlon and we expect that St. Anthony’s Triathlon will benefit from the same focused commitment to producing a world class event that Philip demonstrated when he worked for St. Anthony’s as our race director.”
All events within the 5150 Triathlon Series include a 1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run. St. Anthony’s Triathlon will continue to be held along the scenic St. Petersburg waterfront. Scheduled for May 1, 2011, the new St. Anthony’s 5150 event will continue to feature a three-day event weekend that includes a sports and fitness expo, the Meek & Mighty Triathlon and St. Anthony’s Triathlon. Online registration for 2011 St. Anthony’s Triathlon opens Dec. 1, 2010, 9 a.m., EST at SATriathlon.com. For more information, call (727) 953-9005 or visit SATriathlon.com.
The St. Anthony’s Triathlon traditionally marks the year’s first major race in the U.S. and typically attracts some of the world’s best athletes. St. Anthony’s Triathlon has been named “Race of the Year” by USA Triathlon and has also served as a qualifier for the Ironman World Championship. In 2010, it was once again the USA Triathlon Regional Championship. For the past two years, the race has been broadcast nationally on the Versus network.
The 5150 Series is expected to be the largest international distance triathlon series in the world and will be the first non-drafting international race series of its kind, offering a competitive platform for professional and age group athletes. More information is available at www.5150.com.
About World Triathlon Corporation
World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) is a Tampa-based company recognized for athletic excellence, distinguished events and quality products. WTC’s growing portfolio includes the Ironman, Ironman 70.3, 5150, Iron Girl and IronKids brands, which have a combined total of more than 115 events worldwide each year. Supported by partners including Ford, Timex, Foster Grant and PowerBar, Ironman is the No.1 user-based sports brand in the world and has been a respected name in triathlon since its inception in 1978.
About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital 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 became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area’s leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony’s has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.
About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 195 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.
BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.
Beth Hardy, St. Anthony’s Triathlon
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Jessica Weidensall, World Triathlon Corporation