ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 12, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The dates are set for the 32nd annual St. Anthony's Triathlon and now is the time for all athletes to register. Whether professional or novice, youngster or young at heart; there is an event for everyone during the Triathlon race weekend, April 24-26. Registration for all events opens Dec. 1, 2014.
St. Anthony's Triathlon Weekend includes:
- The International-Distance Triathlon – known for its outstanding professional field
- The Meek & Mighty Triathlon – a great training ground for novice adults and children who are just joining the exciting world of triathlons
- Sprint Triathlon, which made its debut in 2014 and featured slightly shorter distances than the Olympic-distance race, was added to the weekend of events
"The Sprint distance was quite popular for many of our athletes who want to push themselves a little beyond the Meek & Mighty," said Philip Lahaye, race director, St. Anthony's Triathlon. "We are happy to bring back all three races in 2015 and look forward to hosting athletes from around the corner and around the world."
The premier race event, which is known as the sport's first major race of the triathlon season, has always attracted a wide range of professional and amateur athletes including Olympic gold medalists, Ironman world champions and celebrity athletes. The Triathlon, which is entering its fifth year as a part of the World Triathlon Corporation's (WTC) 5150 Triathlon Series, is also one of the first WTC events of the year.
The sprint race followed the same course as the international-distance event but with shorter distances – a 750-meter swim, 20K bike and a 5K run.
More than 3,700 athletes participated in the events in 2014 from more than 40 states, the District of Columbia and 10 countries. The roster included more than 90 pro athletes who competed for a portion of the $53,000 prize purse.
The 2015 St. Anthony's Triathlon weekend events and registration fees are:
Friday, April 24 – Saturday, April 25:
Sports and Fitness Expo, Straub Park, 500 Beach Drive
Friday: Noon – 7 p.m.; Saturday: 9 a.m. – 7 p.m., Free.
Saturday, April 25:
Meek & Mighty Triathlon, North Shore Pool, 901 North Shore Drive
Shorter distance race for youth ages 7 – 14 and novice adults. 7:30 a.m. start time. (Individuals registration fee: $45 by Jan. 31, 2015; $50 after Jan. 31. Late registration is $60.
Sunday, April 26:
St. Anthony's Triathlon, North Shore & Vinoy Parks
International-distance race (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run.) 6:50 a.m. start time (Individuals registration fee: $160 by Dec. 31; $165 by Feb. 28, 2015; $170 by March 31, 2015. Late registration is $180.)
St. Anthony's Sprint Distance race, North Shore & Vinoy Parks
(750-meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run). Approximately 8:45 a.m. start time (Individuals registration fee: $80 by Dec. 31; $90 by Feb. 28, 2015; $100 by March 31, 2015. Late registration is $115)
For more information about the 2015 races, athletes and fans can also visit St. Anthony's Triathlon's Facebook page: facebook.com/stanthonystriathlon.
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 was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. 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 11 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, South Florida Baptist, and Winter Haven. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.
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