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St. Anthony's Triathlon Organizers Calling For Volunteers

More than 1,000 Volunteers Needed to Support Athletes                                                                                               

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (March 26, 2012) – St. Anthony’s Triathlon organizers are expecting approximately 3,500 individuals and 125 relay teams to compete in this year’s 29th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon, April 27-29, 2012. Volunteers play a big role in putting on the world class event held in downtown St. Petersburg. St. Anthony’s Triathlon organizers are now recruiting a team of dedicated volunteers to assist competitors in various ways as they swim, bike and run to the finish line. 

St. Anthony’s Triathlon volunteers can be part of this exciting event by helping in positions such as athlete check-in, body marking, water stations, course marshals and finish line. Volunteers will receive a commemorative race T-shirt and access to the volunteer hospitality tent. 

To volunteer, please visit www.SATriathlon.com and click on the “Volunteer” tab, or call (727) 953-9005. After volunteers enter their name, email and some additional information, they can indicate time availability and preferred assignments. Volunteer schedules, directions and parking instructions will be distributed prior to the event. 

About St. Anthony’s Triathlon

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 about 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 is 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 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.  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 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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