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Traffic Delays Expected During St. Anthony's Triathlon

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla, (April 11, 2011) - Organizers of the St. Anthony's Triathlon are advising the community to expect traffic delays and intermittent road closures on Sunday, May 1, from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Host to thousands of athletes and spectators, the St. Anthony's Triathlon is known for its scenic course along the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront and for attracting high caliber competition from around the world. Triathlon registration is closing April 11. To accommodate for the safety of the athletes and those viewing the race, several roads in downtown and south St. Petersburg will be impacted.  

Some St. Petersburg roads that will be impacted or have some intermittent closures include:

  • 1st Ave. S between 28th St. N. and 1st. St. N.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King St. S. between 18th Ave. S and Pinellas Point Dr.
  • 1st St. S., 2nd St. S., 3rd St. S., 4th St. S. and 6th St. S between 1st Ave. S. and Pinellas Point Dr.
  • Bayshore Dr. will be closed between 5th Ave N. and 5th Ave South.
  • North Shore Dr. N.E. and Coffee Pot Blvd. will be closed between 5th Ave. N. and 22nd Ave. N.
  • Snell Isle Bridge and some Snell Isle neighborhood streets will be closed.

St. Anthony's Triathlon race officials are working closely with the City of St. Petersburg in planning and St. Petersburg police officers and Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies will be directing traffic during the St. Anthony's Triathlon.  

Race organizers understand the annual weekend race may be an inconvenience to nearby residents and truly appreciate the patience and understanding of neighbors. The event brings approximately $5 million to the local economy and benefits St. Anthony's Hospital and its mission to serve the community. For neighbors who would like to participate in the race as a volunteer, opportunities are available including athlete check-in, body marking, course marshal and water stations.  All volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt and access to the hospitality tent. Please call (727) 953-9005 for more information on volunteering or visit www.SATriathlon.com.

St. Anthony's Triathlon, produced by St. Anthony's Hospital, is now part of the World Triathlon Corporation's (WTC) new 5150 Triathlon Series. The event will feature 4,000 individual triathletes and 125 relay teams competing on Sunday, May 1. Additionally, a world-class professional field will compete for a prize purse of more than $65,000. The 5150 Series will be the largest international distance triathlon series in the world and will be the first non-drafting international race series of its kind.  

The three-day event weekend also includes a two-day sports and fitness expo held Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30. The Meek & Mighty Triathlon, a short distance race for youths 7-14 and novice adults, will be held Saturday, April 30 at North Shore Pool, 901 North Shore Drive, St. Petersburg.

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. As St. Anthony's celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2011, the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. In 2010, St. Anthony's Hospital earned the prestigious ENERGY STAR award by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for superior energy efficiency for a second year.  St. Anthony's Susan Sheppard McGillicuddy Breast Center is the only breast center in St. Petersburg honored with accreditation from the National Accreditation Program for Breast Centers (NAPBC) and the American College of Radiology (ACR). 

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.

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