Contacts: Sherry Robinson
(727) 825-1445 Phone
(727) 420-9769 Media Phone
Natasha LaBeaud Anzures
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (March 31, 2017) – Athletes will hit the water, roads, and sidewalks for the 34th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon on Sunday, April 30, 2017. This year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon will host approximately 3,000 athlete participants over the course of the weekend, and will serve as a USA Triathlon (USAT) 2017 Regional Championship Race. While there is notable excitement around the event, race officials want to remind residents that some streets will experience road closures and travel delays. The Olympic and Sprint distance races will follow the same routes as last year, and delays can be expected from approximately 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Most roads will be open, but traffic will be stopped at various times on several streets to accommodate the safety of both the athletes who will participate in the race and spectators who will watch from the sidelines. Local residents are encouraged to find alternate routes during race time. All course information and maps can be found through the St. Anthony’s Triathlon website at: http://satriathlon.com/content/about-the-race/the-course-(maps)/
Several sections of St. Petersburg roads and streets are expected to be closed. Those include:
- Brightwaters Boulevard which will be closed between Snell Isle Boulevard and the turnaround in the 1900 block of Brightwaters
- Bayshore Drive which will be closed between Seventh Avenue N and Fifth Avenue S
- North Shore Drive NE and Coffee Pot Blvd. which will be closed between Seventh and 22nd avenues N
- Fifth Avenue S (Dali Blvd) which 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)
Some roads that will be subject to intermittent closures and delays include:
- First Avenue S between 28th and First streets S
- Fourth 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
- Snell Isle Bridge will have limited vehicle traffic allowed
Neighbors who would like to be a part of the weekend event action have two ways to join the fun. First, there is still plenty of time to register to participate in the races, including the Meek & Mighty Triathlon on April 29 and the Olympic and Sprint distances on April 30. To register, please visit www.SATriathlon.com.
Second, residents are invited to join the crew of more than 1,000 volunteers who help throughout the April 28-30 Triathlon weekend with athlete check-in, body marking, course marshal and water stations. All volunteers receive a commemorative T-shirt and access to the hospitality tent. Please call (813) 420-7815 for more information or visit: www.SATriathlon.com/volunteers.
More information about USAT Regional Championship guidelines and rules can be found at: https://www.teamusa.org/usa-triathlon/events/regional-championships
For more information about the 2017 races, athletes, health and fitness expo and surrounding activities, visit the St. Anthony’s Triathlon’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/StAnthonysTriathlon.
About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 393-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County. For more information on St. Anthony’s, call (727) 953-6993.
About BayCare Health System
BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 14 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions. Inpatient and outpatient services include acute care, primary care, imaging, laboratory, behavioral health, home care, and wellness. Our mission is to improve the health of all we serve through community-owned, health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care.