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2012 St. Anthony's Triathlon Sign Up Dec. 1

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (Nov. 30, 2011) – The St. Anthony’s Triathlon, already one of the best known international-distance triathlons in the United States, has been named one of 10 USA Triathlon Regional Championship events for 2012.


The regional events qualify the top 33 percent per age group for the USA Triathlon Age Group National Championship. The 2012 Age Group National Championship will take place in Burlington, Vt., on Aug. 18, 2012.


The St. Anthony’s Triathlon will open registration starting Thursday, Dec. 1, 2011, at 9 a.m. EST. With a newly announced swim course, the race will present athletes with a fresh challenge in its second year as part of the World Triathlon Corporation’s (WTC) 5150 Triathlon Series.


Approximately 4,000 athletes participated in the 2011 event.


The 29th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon will be held April 29, 2012, and the three-day weekend event (April 27-29, 2012) includes a sports and fitness expo, the Meek & Mighty Triathlon and the St. Anthony’s Triathlon. For registration for the 2012 St. Anthony’s Triathlon, visit: SATriathlon.com or call (727) 825-1521. You can also find details on the race on Facebook at facebook.com/stanthonystriathlon.


The St. Anthony’s Triathlon is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. It has been named “Race of the Year” by USA Triathlon and has also served as a qualifier for the Ironman World Championship. The St. Anthony’s Triathlon, which is the USA Triathlon Regional Championship, is also a qualifier for the 5150 U.S. Championship event and for the USA Triathlon National Championship.


About World Triathlon Corporation
World Triathlon Corporation (WTC) is a Tampa-based company recognized for athletic excellence, distinguished events and quality products. WTC's portfolio includes Ironman, Ironman 70.3, 5150 Triathlon Series, Iron Girl and IronKids brands, which have a combined total of more than 180 events worldwide each year. Supported by partners including Timex, Foster Grant and PowerBar, Ironman is the No.1 user-based sports brand in the world and has been a respected name in triathlons 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. 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.


About BayCare Health SystemBayCare 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 200 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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