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May 1, 2022

Matthew Sharpe, Paula Findlay Win Exciting St. Anthony’s Triathlon

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (May 1, 2022)

Sharpe dashes in one one-hundredth of a second ahead of
next finisher to win championship

With a final burst of speed, Matthew Sharpe won his first St. Anthony’s Triathlon men’s championship, beating out his next closest competitor by one one-hundredthof a second. On the women’s side, Paula Findlay also claimed her first St. Anthony’s Triathlon prize on a bright, hot Sunday morning.

 

The 39th St. Anthony’s Triathlon featured world champions, Olympians, and professional athletes from across the country, making it one of the most competitive races in event history.

 

The men’s race had an exciting finish with three men vying for the top of the podium. Sharpe came in at 1:44:14, just one one-hundredth of a second ahead of Matt McElroy, 1:44:15. Ben Kanute, the 2019 men’s champion, finished third at 1:44:19.

 

“The last quarter mile and (Matt McElroy) came on really hot, and I was like, ‘Okay, here we go – we’ve got the three guys, and these guys are great athletes, so you definitely can’t count anyone out,” said Sharpe of Boulder, CO. “I just remember hitting that corner and just trying to get that inside line as much as I could. And as I went through the last corner, I just hit full gas and I was able to hold off these guys.”

 

For the women, Findlay held up the finish line tape with a time of 1:55:35, more than a minute ahead of the next competitor. To round out the podium, Amelia Rose Watkins finished in second place (1:56:38), and Amy Sloan came in third (1:57:05).

 

“The swim was a lot choppier than I expected. I was kind of just in survival mode to get off the water. I couldn’t really see anyone else so I didn’t really know where I was,” said Findlay of Bend, OR. “But I knew my strategy was just to ride hard and that’s my strength. So, I knew I needed a buffer off the bike and I was going to run as fast as some of the girls behind me.”

 

This was Findlay’s first time at the St. Anthony’s Triathlon and it did not disappoint. “First time I was here and it lives up to the hype,” she said.

 

In the Sprint Triathlon (Swim 750m, bike 20K, run 5K), the top three women were Mariaangel Lozada, Heather Butcher and Elena Crouch and the top three male finishers were Jhonnatan Daza, John Reback and Joey Obradovich.

 

In total, more than 2,300 athletes competed in the weekend’s St. Petersburg events including the Meek & Mighty Triathlon on Saturday, and the Olympic and Sprint distance races the following day.

 

“This year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon was a tremendous success,” said Patrick McGee, race director for St. Anthony’s Triathlon. “We had an excellent field, exquisite weather, exceptional sponsors and of course, the absolute best fans. After a nearly three-year hiatus because of the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to provide a safe and exciting race weekend for everyone. We really did succeed.”

 

Dates for next year’s 40th St. Anthony’s Triathlon will be announced soon. Registration for the 2023 event will open later this year.

Paula Findlay 2022

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

BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 15 hospitals and hundreds of other convenient locations throughout the Tampa Bay and central Florida regions.  The system is West Central Florida’s largest provider of behavioral health and pediatric services and its provider group, BayCare Medical Group, is one of the largest in the region.  BayCare’s diverse network of ambulatory services includes laboratories, imaging, surgical centers, BayCare Urgent Care locations, wellness centers and one of Florida’s largest home care agencies, BayCare HomeCare.  It’s Medicare Advantage insurance, BayCarePlus, is among the region’s few 5-star-rated plans and the system is ranked in the top 20 percent by IBM Watson Health® Top Health Systems.  BayCare’s mission is to improve the health of all it serves through community-owned, health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care.

April 27, 2022

Inspiring Those with Disabilities to ‘Tri’

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (April 27, 2022)

Greg Simony, lean and well-tanned, sat on a bench by the edge of Tampa Bay on a recent afternoon talking about a low point in his life 12 years ago.

 

“I was really trying to find my way,” he said. “I was fat. I was a drinker. But I discovered I could help myself by helping others.”

 

In fact, Simony wound up doing both, getting his life on a steady course by assisting people with a wide range of disabilities on a triathlon course.

In 2010, with no prior experience, he signed up and trained for a Half Ironman: a grueling 70.3 miles of swimming, biking and running, simply to prove – mostly to himself – he could achieve something beyond what anyone thought he was capable of.  Not only did he finish, Simony soon began entering triathlons and added an admirable twist – helping disabled children and adults feel the same thrill of competition he did.

 

Through his first project, Care2Tri, Simony helped disabled individuals compete in triathlons around the region and country. He has been a familiar face at the St. Anthony’s Triathlon, pulling and pushing children and adults alike through the racecourse. He soon became a recognized presence at triathlons nationwide. And on May 1 – after two years away from the sport – Simony will be back on the St. Anthony’s course assisting three individuals with special needs in his new project, Push2Inspire.

 

It all nearly came to an end two years ago, when he once again found himself overweight, out of shape and unsure how to proceed. He had helped others to persevere, but now he was struggling to find a way himself. “In late 2020, I was just so upset with the way things were going – the world didn’t make sense to me,” said Simony. 42. “I was up to 230 pounds from 175. I had failed so many times over the past few years trying to get back into triathlons. So, I finally decided to do something about it.”

 

His second wife, Kassandra, had no doubt he would succeed, because he drew motivation from helping others in need.

“He has one of the biggest hearts I have ever seen,” she said. “He truly is driven by the people he helps to compete. They are the reason he gets up to train at 4 a.m., because he feels, ‘I’ve got to do this for them.’”

In fact, Simony had already done something genuinely amazing. He was well attuned to the challenges of special needs individuals growing up in Michigan. His mother had been a para-educator in the school system, helping children with various disabilities to allow them to receive a mainstream education.

 

Now fast-forward to 2005. Soon after getting married for the first time, he and his wife were watching a televised Ironman competition from Hawaii. And he saw an emotionally charged, inspirational segment featuring the now late Dick Hoyt, swimming, wheeling and running with his disabled son, Rick, in the event.

 

“And I turned to her and said, ‘You know what, I’m going to do that one day,’ and she thought I was crazy – and part of me agreed with her,” he recalled. “I was completely out of shape. I ate at all hours and drank too much. And she said, ‘Yeah, I’m sure you will.’ She had every reason to think I wouldn’t, but there’s a part of me always wants to take on a challenge – no matter how outlandish it might seem to others.”

 

So, he did. After the couple moved to the Bradenton area around 2010, Simony followed through with his vow to compete in the Miami Half Ironman event. He completed it on sheer willpower, and was hooked. But he wanted others to feel that sense of boundary-pushing achievement as well. While pursuing a master’s degree in mental health counseling, he met a woman who suggested he race with her special-needs daughter.

 

Simony connected with the teenager named Nadia, who suffered from cerebral palsy and other intellectual disabilities, and ran while pushing her in a rolling “jogger” to get a sense of whether it would work. The child said virtually nothing, and he couldn’t tell whether the activity was enjoyable for her or not. But the next time, she couldn’t wait to see him, and Nadia became his first disabled racing partner.

 

That spurred him to continue finding other disabled individuals with whom to compete in triathlons, and he soon formed Care2Tri to continue his assisted-racing pursuits. He gained widespread attention when a national story aired about him in 2012, and people started emailing Care2Tri to ask Simony to assist individuals with disabilities – as young as 6 and as old as 60.

 

But soon, a personal setback derailed his dream.

 

He went through a divorce and it took a toll. “Mentally, I just cracked, and I needed a break – I couldn’t race anymore,” he said.

Instead, he returned to Michigan to be close to his daughter, leaving Care2Tri to a couple that eventually changed the name of the business. In time, he found his bearings with a new job and a new wife – he married Kassandra five years ago. The couple relocated to the Bradenton-Sarasota area. Yet every week, he flew to Michigan to visit his daughter for several days, then returned to Florida and his job – with triathlons no longer part of his life.

 

Being removed from competition during that time, Simony fell out of shape and watched his weight balloon back to 230 pounds. By November 2020, he felt himself at a new low point. But he slowly willed himself to make a change. And he created his new project, Push2Inspire, with the renewed dream of helping others experience the exhilaration of triathlon competition.

 

Nowadays, Simony isn’t only on a mission to help people with disabilities savor triathlons – as he will be doing again at St. Anthony’s. He hopes to send a message to anyone stuck in a negative cycle like he was. “Now, it’s truly about motivating the person at home,” he said. “This is how I do it – and I’ve done it twice in my life now. In my case, I involve people with special needs, but it’s really about trying to motivate anyone and showing them that they can make a change if they want to.”

 

For more information about Greg Simony’s project, visit Push2Inspire.com. He is always looking for more special needs individuals to help compete in triathlons.

 

Greg Simony: Greg Simony founded Push2Inspire to help those with disabilities enjoy the exhilaration of triathlon. He will swim, bike and run with three individuals at the St. Anthony’s Triathlon on Sunday, May 1.

 

GregSimony-Race: Greg Simony bikes with a disabled participant. He has been participating in triathlons since 2010.

April 26, 2022

Expect Traffic Delays from the 39th St. Anthony’s Triathlon

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (April 25, 2022)

Athletes will swim, bike and run along St. Petersburg’s waterfront and through its scenic neighborhoods as they compete in the 39th St. Anthony’s Triathlon on Sunday, May 1, 2022. This year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon will host approximately 3,000 athlete participants over the course of the weekend.

While there is notable excitement around the event, race officials want to remind residents that some streets will experience intermittent road closures and travel delays. The Olympic and Sprint distance races will follow the same routes as past years, 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 https://SATriathlon.com/maps/.

Several sections of St. Petersburg roads and streets are expected to experience some closures. 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 Boulevard, 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, which 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 several ways to join the fun. The St. Anthony’s Triathlon is open to all levels of athletes, from amateur to professional.  For kids and novice adults, the Meek & Mighty Triathlon occurs on Saturday, April 30; and the main Triathlon, for both Olympic and Sprint distance races, runs on May 1. To be close to the action but not in the races, many volunteer opportunities also are available. Register to compete in any of the St. Anthony’s Triathlon events or to volunteer at www.SATriathlon.com.

December 15, 2021

2021 St. Anthony’s Triathlon Opens Registration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Dec. 14, 2021)

Registration for the 2022 St. Anthony’s Triathlon is set to begin Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021, at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/SaintPetersburg/StAnthonys.
Events for the race weekend, April 29-May 1, 2022, will include the Olympic, Sprint and Meek & Mighty triathlons.

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and the summer 2021 resurgence of the virus caused the cancellation of the 2020 and 2021 Triathlons. As in all previous Triathlons, organizers ae working to provide a safe environment for all participants, spectators, volunteers and sponsors.

 

“We recognize how disappointed our participants have been over the last two years when we had to cancel those races,” said St. Anthony’s President Scott Smith. “Our commitment is to the safety of all who come out to race and those who are there to cheer on our athletes. We want to stage a safe and exciting race for everyone. To do that, we encourage everyone to get vaccinated and continue to mask, wash hands and socially distance.”

Scott Smith, President

Patrick McGee, Triathlon manager and race director, said that he is eager to welcome back athletes, fans and sponsors to the St. Petersburg’s downtown waterfront for the race weekend.  Our main goal is to have an in-person race in 2022. But as it has been for the past two years, it all depends on how well the pandemic is under control,” McGee said. “With vaccination rates going up and everyone working to stay safe, we certainly hope that we will see everyone in person next year.” 

In addition to being a past regional championship race and the USAT Southeastern Club Regional Championship, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon has been named as one of the Top 10 Great Destination Triathlons in the United States by Complete Tri and as one of the “5 Bucket-List Olympic Distance Triathlons in North America” by Triathlon Magazine Canada.

Ranked as the fourth largest triathlon in the country by USAT, the three-day St. Anthony’s Triathlon Weekend includes:

  • The Olympic-Distance Triathlon, set for Sunday, May 1, which is known for its talented professional field.
  • The Sprint Triathlon, also on May 1, which features shorter distances than the Olympic-distance race along the same course.

The Meek & Mighty Triathlon, on Saturday, April 30, a race for novice adults and children who are new to the sport of triathlon.

In addition to solo participation, there also are relay team options in the Olympic-distance and Sprint races. “All participants who deferred their registrations to 2022 need to claim their entry via RunSignUp,” McGee said.

The weekend includes the St. Anthony’s Triathlon Sports & Fitness Expo, a showcase of the latest equipment for multisport athletes, workshops for athletes to prepare for the races and information tables featuring various St. Anthony’s Hospital and BayCare services.


 

For more information about the events, visit SATriathlon.com. Athletes and fans can be a part of the conversation on the St. Anthony’s Triathlon Facebook page at Facebook.com/StAnthonysTriathlon by using the hashtag, #StAnthonysTri.

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. Celebrating its 90th year, St. Anthony’s has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care. It was one of the first hospitals that joined together to form BayCare Health System. For more information on St. Anthony’s, call (727) 953-6993 or go to www.BayCare.org/SAH.

About BayCare
BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 15 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. For more information visit www.BayCare.org.

December 10, 2021

St. Anthony’s Triathlon to Open Dec 15 2021

St. Anthony’s Triathlon To Open Registration for 2022 Race Weekend

ST. PETERSBURG, FL., (Dec 1, 2021) – Registration for the 2022 St. Anthony’s Triathlon is set to beginDec 15, 2021. Online registration for the 39th race weekend, April 29-May 1, 2022, starts at 9 a.m. Dec. 15th at https://www.satriathlon.com
 Events will include the Olympic, Sprint and Meek & Mighty triathlons. 

More Information to follow. Sign up for our newsletter for breaking information. 

September 22, 2020

St. Anthony’s Triathlon to Open Oct 1

St. Anthony’s Triathlon To Open Registration for 2021 Race Weekend

ST. PETERSBURG, FL., (Sept 21, 2020) – Registration for the 2021 St. Anthony’s Triathlon is set to begin Oct. 1, 2020. Online registration for the 38th race weekend, April 23-25, 2021, starts at 9 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 1 at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/SaintPetersburg/StAnthonys.
 Events will include the Olympic, Sprint and Meek & Mighty triathlons.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Triathlon was cancelled. For 2021, Triathlon organizers are working to provide a safe environment for all participants, spectators, volunteers and sponsors.

“Our main priority has always been to stage an exciting race for athletes, from professionals to weekend warriors to those just getting started in the sport of Triathlon,” said St. Anthony’s Hospital President Scott Smith. “While we want to maintain that, we also want to present a safe and healthy race atmosphere. Our goal is to have an in-person race in 2021. But it all depends on how well the pandemic is under control.”

Patrick McGee, Triathlon manager and race director, said that he is ready to welcome back athletes, fans and sponsors to the St. Petersburg waterfront for the 38th race weekend, April 23-25, 2021.

“We are grateful to all of our athletes, volunteers and sponsors for their patience and continued support as we work to provide a safe environment for them,” he said. “We will be looking to other races that have successfully been staged to gather their best practices as we move forward.”

In addition to being a past regional championship race and the USAT Southeastern Club Regional Championship, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon has been named as one of the Top 10 Great Destination Triathlons in the United States by Complete Tri and as one of the “5 Bucket-List Olympic Distance Triathlons in North America” by Triathlon Magazine Canada.

 

Ranked as the fourth largest triathlon in the country by USAT, the three-day St. Anthony’s Triathlon Weekend includes:

 

  • The Olympic-Distance Triathlon, set for Sunday, April 25, which is known for its talented professional field.
  • The Sprint Triathlon, also on April 25, which features shorter distances than the Olympic-distance race along the same course.
  • The Meek & Mighty Triathlon, on Saturday, April 24, a race for novice adults and children who are new to the sport of triathlon.

 

There also are relay team options in the Olympic-distance and Sprint races. The weekend includes the St. Anthony’s Triathlon Sports & Fitness Expo, a showcase of the latest equipment for multisport athletes, workshops for athletes to prepare for the races and information tables featuring various St. Anthony’s Hospital and BayCare services.

 

For more information about the events, visit SATriathlon.com. Athletes and fans can be a part of the conversation on the St. Anthony’s Triathlon Facebook page at Facebook.com/StAnthonysTriathlon by using the hashtag, #StAnthonysTri.

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 or go to www.BayCare.org/SAH..

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 15 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.

March 2, 2020

St. Anthony’s Triathlon In Need of Volunteers for 2020 Event Weekend

St. Anthony’s Triathlon 2020 Volunteers Needed

The 37th Annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon has many different volunteer positions available for both individuals and groups for weekend of April 24-26, 2020.

PETERSBURG, FL., (MARCH 2, 2020) – St. Anthony’s Triathlon is calling for volunteers to help at the 37th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon weekend, to be held April 24-26, 2020. Approximately 1,000 volunteers are needed to assist the 4,000 athletes who will swim, bike, and run along St. Petersburg’s waterfront course.

Volunteers are needed to assist at areas including: Athlete check-in, Meek & Mighty, bike check-in, finish-line duty, athlete body marking, water stations, transition areas, and merchandise sales. Since the inception of the triathlon in 1983, volunteers have been an integral component to the success of a fun and successful St. Anthony’s Triathlon weekend.

Volunteers are needed at the St. Anthony’s Sports and Fitness Expo on April 24-26, the Meek & Mighty Triathlon on April 25, and at the main Triathlon, for both Olympic and Sprint distance races on April 26.

“The St. Anthony’s Triathlon is one of the biggest events in the surrounding St. Petersburg/Tampa area and we couldn’t pull it off without the help of our tremendous volunteers,” said Patrick McGee, the Triathlon’s manager and race director. “Being a volunteer also provides a glimpse into the exciting world of triathlon. You can’t help being inspired by witnessing these athletes of all ages and levels.”

All volunteers will receive a commemorative race T-shirt, access to the volunteer hospitality tent, and the opportunity to watch talented pro and amateur triathletes compete at this popular race. Volunteer schedules, directions, and parking instructions will be distributed before the race.

Sign up to volunteer online by visiting https://SATriathlon.com/Volunteer-Information/. When registering online, individuals can register for specific volunteer tasks and provide name, email address and other information, and T-shirt size. Groups, such as schools, clubs, churches and other not-for-profit organizations are invited to participate together at a water station or the after-race parties.

Registration to compete in any of the Triathlon events is open and can be found at www.SATriathlon.com.

 

Named one of the top 10 Great Destination Triathlons in the United States by Complete Tri and one of the “5 Bucket-List Olympic Distance Triathlons in North America” by Triathlon Magazine Canada, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon attracts professional and amateur competitors from around the world, including Olympic gold medalists and Ironman World Champions. 

 

For more information about the 2020 races, athletes, St. Anthony’s Triathlon Health & Fitness Expo and surrounding activities, visit SATriathlon.com or the St. Anthony’s Triathlon’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/StAnthonysTriathlon. We invite you to be a part of the conversation using the hashtag, #StAnthonysTri.

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 15 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.

 

February 12, 2020

St. Anthony’s Triathlon Names Patrick McGee as New Triathlon Manager & Race Director

St. Anthony’s Triathlon Names Patrick McGee as New Triathlon Manager and Race Director

 

ST.PETERSBURG, FL., (FEBRUARY 11, 2020) 

Patrick McGee, an industry veteran in triathlon and multi-sports, is taking the helm as the new St. Anthony’s Triathlon manager and race director. McGee will lead the Triathlon as it prepares for its 37th annual race weekend, to be held from April 24-26. St. Anthony’s Triathlon is one of the largest and longest-running events in the country.

Patrick is no stranger to this event as he has coordinated various aspects of race operations for many years. Patrick brings more than 10 years of experience in event operations across more than 250 multisport and endurance events including youth triathlons and road races from 5K to marathons.  He holds a bachelor’s degree in communications from the University of South Florida in Tampa, and is well known and respected in the Tampa Bay area for leading events with high levels of participant satisfaction. 

“It’s such an honor to be directing a race that I have admired and been associated with for years,” said McGee. “For 2020, we are eager to further enrich the weekend experience for all competitors – from the kids to the amateurs to the pros – as well as the community. Our goal is to raise the bar each year to create one of the best race experiences in the world.”

McGee is replacing Susan Daniels, who led the race for 10 years and is well known throughout the multi-sport community.  

The St. Anthony’s Triathlon is open to all levels of athletes. For children and novice adults, the Meek & Mighty Triathlon is set for April 25. The main Triathlon, for both Olympic and Sprint distance races, runs on April 26. 

Registration to compete in any of the Triathlon events is open and can be found at www.SATriathlon.com.

Named one of the top 10 Great Destination Triathlons in the United States by Complete Tri and one of the “5 Bucket-List Olympic Distance Triathlons in North America” by Triathlon Magazine Canada, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon attracts professional and amateur competitors from around the world, including Olympic gold medalists and Ironman World Champions. 

For more information about the 2020 races, athletes, St. Anthony’s Triathlon Health & Fitness Expo and surrounding activities, visit SATriathlon.com or the St. Anthony’s Triathlon’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/StAnthonysTriathlon. We invite you to be a part of the conversation using the hashtag, #StAnthonysTri.

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 15 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.

September 19, 2019

St. Anthony’s Triathlon Registration Opens Sept. 30

37th Annual Triathlon will Return to Vinoy Park April 24-26, 2020

(ST. PETERSBURG, FL.—Sept 16, 2019)

Thousands of athletes are expected to swim, bike and run through St. Petersburg’s picturesque waterfront, downtown and charming neighborhoods for the 37th St. Anthony’s Triathlon Weekend, April 24-26, 2020.

Online registration for the 2020 Olympic, Sprint and Meek & Mighty events starts 9 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30, 2019, at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/SaintPetersburg/StAnthonys.

For the third year, the event will take place at Vinoy Park in downtown St. Petersburg.

“The St. Anthony’s Triathlon is proud to welcome athletes of all abilities and ages,” said Scott Smith, president of St. Anthony’s Hospital. “For the past four years, I’ve experienced the race as an athlete while also working behind the scenes with our Triathlon team. We want athletes to feel like they are coming home when they participate each year in our early-season race.”

Earlier this year, the 36th annual event featured a record-setting eighth win for Sarah Haskins-Kortuem in the women’s field. In the men’s race, Ben Kanute won his first St. Anthony’s event. The St. Anthony’s Triathlon was Kanute’s first-ever professional race in 2013. More than 3,200 athletes participated in races throughout the weekend.

USA Triathlon (USAT) named the St. Anthony’s Triathlon the 2019 Southeast Olympic-Distance and Paratriathlon­­ Regional Championship Race. In order to qualify for the National Championships, competitors had to finish in the top 35 percent or top five (whichever was greater) competitors per their respective age groups. The 2019 Olympic-Distance National Championships were held last month in Cleveland.

In addition to being a regional championship race and the USAT Southeastern Club Regional Championship, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon has been named as one of the Top 10 Great Destination Triathlons in the United States by Complete Tri and as one of the “5 Bucket-List Olympic Distance Triathlons in North America” by Triathlon Magazine Canada.

Ranked as the fourth largest triathlon in the country by USAT, the three-day St. Anthony’s Triathlon Weekend includes:

  • The Olympic-Distance Triathlon, set for Sunday, April 26, which is known for its talented professional field.
  • The Sprint Triathlon, also on April 26, which features shorter distances than the Olympic-distance race along the same course.
  • The Meek & Mighty Triathlon, on Saturday, April 25, a race for novice adults and children who are new to the sport of triathlon.

In addition to the three races, the weekend includes the St. Anthony’s Triathlon Sports & Fitness Expo, a showcase of the latest equipment for multisport athletes, workshops for athletes to prepare for the races and information tables featuring various St. Anthony’s Hospital and BayCare services.

The 2020 St. Anthony’s Triathlon weekend events and registration fees are:

Friday, April 24 – Sunday, April 26:

Sports and Fitness Expo, Vinoy Park
Friday: Noon – 6 p.m.;
Saturday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.;
Sunday: 7 a.m.-3 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.

Individual registration fee: $45 by Dec. 31, 2019; $55 by March 31, 2020; $65 April 18, 2020.

Sunday, April 26:

St. Anthony’s Triathlon 
@Vinoy Park

Olympic-distance race (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run.) 6:50 a.m. start time

Individual registration fee: $150 by Dec. 31, 2019; $160 by March 31, 2020; $180 by April 18, 2020.

St. Anthony’s Sprint Triathlon
@North Shore and Vinoy Parks

(750-meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run). Approximately 8:45 a.m. start time

Individual registration fee: $80 by Dec. 31, 2019; $90 by March 31, 2020; $100 by April 18, 2020.

There also are relay team options in the Olympic-distance and Sprint races. For more information about the events, athletes and fans may visit the St. Anthony’s Triathlon Facebook page: Facebook.com/StAnthonysTriathlon or be part of the conversation using the hashtag, #StAnthonysTri.

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. St. Anthony’s has a 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 or go to www.BayCare.org/SAH.

About BayCare

BayCare is a leading not-for-profit health care system that connects individuals and families to a wide range of services at 15 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. For more information visit www.BayCare.org.

April 28, 2019

Haskins-Kortuem Achieves Historic Record of Eight Wins at St. Anthony’s Triathlon

Sarah Haskins-Kortuem & Ben Kanute Win St. Anthony’s Triathlon

(ST. PETERSBURG, FL.—April 28, 2019)Sarah Haskins-Kortuem and Ben Kanute claimed victories today at the 36th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon. World Champions, Olympians, and professional athletes from across the world comprised the field for this year’s race, making it one of the most competitive races in event history.

Under clear skies and humid conditions, athletes battled each other over the Olympic triathlon distance (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run). Since this year’s event was a USAT Olympic Distance and Paratriathlon Regional Championship event, registered USAT athletes were able to qualify at the St. Anthony’s Triathlon for the 2019 USAT National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, to be held August 10-11, 2019.

For the women, Sarah Haskins-Kortuem crossed the tape in 1:58:54. To round out the podium, Lindsey Jerdonek finished in second place (1:59:18), and Alicia Kaye finished in third (2:03:30).

Haskins-Kortuem achieved a record eight wins at this year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon. “I had to work the whole day,” said winner, Haskins-Kortuem. “I was hurting on the swim, hurting on the bike, and hurting on the run. That made today special.”

In the men’s field, Ben Kanute took the top podium spot in 1:46:03, and was followed by Jason West in second (1:47:58), and Joe Maloy in third (1:48:34).

Kanute’s first professional triathlon race was St. Anthony’s Triathlon in 2013. Since that time, he has competed in the 2016 Rio Olympics and continued his professional triathlon career. “I have learned a lot since my first pro race,” said Kanute. “St. Anthony’s Triathlon is a classic race. There are not too many races like this.”

In the Sprint Triathlon (Swim 750m, bike 20K, run 5K), the top three women were Yelena Maloney, Heather Butcher, and Celia Dubey and the top three male finishers were Braxton Bokos, Sam Geiman, and John Reback.

In total, over 3200 athletes competed in the weekend’s St. Petersburg events from the Olympic Distance Triathlon, to the Sprint Triathlon, to the Kids’ Meek & Mighty event.

“This year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon was a tremendous success,” said Susan Daniels, race director for St. Anthony’s Triathlon. “We hosted a USAT Regional Championship for the Olympic Distance and Paratriathlon, and had the world’s best triathletes compete on our beautiful St. Petersburg course.”

Next year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon will take place from April 24 to April 26, 2020. Registration for the 2020 event will open in October.

 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 15 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.

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