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Traffic Delays Expected During St. Anthony’s Triathlon

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (March 21, 2012) – Organizers of the St. Anthony’s Triathlon, the fourth largest triathlon in the United States according to USA Triathlon, are advising the community to expect traffic delays and intermittent road closures on Sunday, April 29, 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. To accommodate for the safety of the athletes and those viewing the race, several roads in downtown and southern St. Petersburg will be impacted


Most roads will be open, but traffic will be delayed intermittently and residents are advised to expect delays.


Some St. Petersburg roads that will be subject to intermittent closures and delays include:  



  • First Avenue S between 28th and First streets S

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street S between 18th Avenue S and Pinellas Point Drive

  • Portions of First, Third, Fourth and Sixth streets S between First Avenue S and Pinellas Point Drive

  • Brightwaters Boulevard will be closed between Snell Isle Boulevard and the turnaround in the 1900 block of Brightwaters

  • Bayshore Drive will be closed between Seventh Avenue N and Fifth Avenue S

  • North Shore Drive NE and Coffee Pot Blvd. will be closed between Seventh and 22nd avenues N

  • Fifth Avenue S (Dali Blvd) will be closed from First to Fourth streets

  • Pinellas Point Drive will be closed (drivers will be allowed to cross when safe to do so)

  • Snell Isle Bridge will have limited vehicle traffic allowed


St. Anthony’s Triathlon race officials are working closely with the city of St. Petersburg in planning and St. Petersburg police officers 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. You can also follow the race on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stanthonystriathlon.


St. Anthony’s Triathlon, produced by St. Anthony’s Hospital, is part of the World Triathlon Corporation’s (WTC) 5150 Triathlon Series. The event will feature 3,500 individual triathletes and 125 relay teams competing on Sunday, April 29. 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.


As one of the premiere multi-sport events in the world, St. Anthony’s Triathlon also 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 is scheduled take place in Burlington, Vt., on Aug. 18.


The three-day event weekend also includes a two-day sports and fitness expo held Friday, April 27 and Saturday, April 28. The Meek & Mighty Triathlon, a short distance race for youths 7-14 and novice adults, will be held Saturday, April 28 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. St. Anthony’s celebrated its 80th year in 2011, and 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 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 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.


Contacts: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone; (727) 402-8113 Pager
                   Sherry Robinson (727) 825-1445 Phone; (727) 257-7052 Pager