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Expect Some Traffic Delays During

33rd Annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon

 

Temporary road closures will re-route traffic in St. Pete April 24

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (April 4, 2016) – Select streets will temporarily close to accommodate thousands of athletes racing on foot and on bikes while competing in the 33rd annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon on Sunday, April 24. Anyone driving in certain areas of St. Petersburg that morning may experience traffic delays and encounter intermittent road closures. Both Sunday race events, the International Distance and Sprint Triathlons, will follow similar courses used last year.

Traffic detours will be in effect from approximately 7 a.m. until 1:30 p.m. Most roads will be open, but traffic will be stopped as needed on various streets in consideration of the competitors as well as the spectators watching from the sidelines. Local residents are encouraged to find alternate routes during both races.

“Each year we work to make sure that residents know well in advance about the events and which neighborhoods will be affected so that they are prepared and can plan accordingly,” said Susan Daniels, St. Anthony’s Triathlon event director. “We truly appreciate the continued support of the community as thousands of athletes make their way through the city streets. We hear from athleteswho compete in races all over the world that they love to race here because of the local residents who sit outside their homes to cheer for them.”

St. Anthony’s Triathlon race officials work closely with City of St. Petersburg officials to plan the race and coordinate with law enforcement officers who direct traffic during the Triathlon.

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 NE and Fifth Avenue SE
  • North Shore Drive NE and Coffee Pot Blvd. which will be closed between Seventh and 22nd avenues NE
  • Fifth Avenue SE (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)

Roads 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 (over Coffee Pot Bayou) will have limited vehicle traffic allowed

Neighbors who would like to be a part of the fast-paced action have two ways to participate. There is still time to register for the races, including the Meek & Mighty Triathlon on April 23 and the international and sprint distances on April 24. To register, please visit www.SATriathlon.com. Residents are also welcome to join our crew of more than 1,000 volunteers who help throughout the April 22-24 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.

The St. Anthony’s Triathlon, which attracts professional and amateur competitors from around the world, is a premier race event that has always featured a wide range of professional and amateur athletes including Olympic gold medalists, Ironman world champions and celebrity athletes.

For more information about the 2016 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 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. The hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. For more information on St. Anthony’s, call (727) 953-6993.

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