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January 29, 2019

St. Anthony’s Triathlon Announced as 2019 USAT Regional Championship in Both Olympic-Distance and Paratriathlon Championship

ST. PETERSBURG, FL., (FEBRUARY 7, 2019) – USA Triathlon (USAT) has selected St. Anthony’s Triathlon as the 2019 Southeast Olympic-Distance and Paratriathlon­­ Regional Championship Race. The 36th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon events will take place from April 26-28, 2019, with approximately 3,000 athlete participants competing over the race weekend.

As a USAT Regional Championship site, registered USAT athletes can qualify from the St. Anthony’s Triathlon for the 2019 Olympic-Distance National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, to be held Aug.10-11, 2019. In order to qualify for the National Championships, competitors must finish in the top 35 percent or top five (whichever is greater) competitors per their respective age groups.

“We are proud to be selected once again as a USAT Regional Championship race,” said Susan Daniels, race director for the St. Anthony’s Triathlon. “The St. Anthony’s Triathlon attracts some of the best athletes in the world to compete. We are honored to offer triathletes the opportunity to qualify for the 2019 USAT National Championship on our beautiful St. Petersburg course.”

For kids and novice adults, the Meek & Mighty Triathlon occurs on April 27, and the main Triathlon, for both Olympic and Sprint distance races, runs on April 28.

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

More information about USAT Regional Championship guidelines and rules can be found at: https://www.teamusa.org/usa-triathlon/events/regional-championships.

Recently named one of the top 10 Great Destination Triathlons in the United States by Compete 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, Ironman World Champions, and in some years, celebrities. For the 2019 event, professional athletes will compete for a prize purse of $56,000.

For more information about the 2019 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.

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October 15, 2018

2019 St. Anthony’s Triathlon Opens Registration

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (Sept 5, 2018)
St. Petersburg’s Gulf Coast waterfront, downtown and picturesque neighborhoods, will see thousands of athletes swim, bike and run in the 36th Annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon April 26-28, 2019. Online registration for the 2019 Olympic, Sprint and Meek & Mighty events starts 9 a.m. Monday, Oct. 1, 2018, at https://runsignup.com/Race/FL/SaintPetersburg/StAnthonys.

“St. Anthony’s is so proud to be a part of the sport of triathlon and to present this early season race to athletes of all abilities,” said Scott Smith, president of St. Anthony’s Hospital. “As an athlete, I have participated in the Triathlon for the past three years. I can certainly see why so many athletes come back to be a part of the race as you travel the course that is run by the pros.”

Scott Smith, President of St Anthony's Hospital
USA Triathlon (USAT) named the St. Anthony’s Triathlon a 2018 Regional Championship Race, which allowed for those who finished in the top five or top 33 percent of age groups to compete in the 2018 Olympic-Distance National Championships which were held last month in Cleveland, Ohio.

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 Compete 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 28, which is known for its talented professional field.

The Sprint Triathlon, also on April 28, which features slightly shorter distances than the Olympic-distance race along the same course.

The Meek & Mighty Triathlon, on Saturday, April 27, a race for novice adults and children who are new to the sport of triathlon.

In addition to the three races, the weekend also 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.
April 29, 2018

Eric Lagerstrom and Sarah Haskins Dominate

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (April 29, 2018) – Eric Lagerstrom and Sarah Haskins claimed victories at the 35th 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.

With near perfect temperatures and no wind, athletes battled each other over the Olympic triathlon distance (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run). As a USAT Regional Championship site, registered USAT athletes qualified for the 2018 Olympic-Distance National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, August 11-12, from the 2018 St. Anthony’s Triathlon.

For the women, Sarah Haskins crossed the tape in 1:58:48 to secure her seventh victory. To round out the podium, Alicia Kaye finished in second place, and Lauren Goss finished in third.

“I was going for that seventh win,” said Haskins, “That was the goal. I will have to come back next year to achieve the record eight wins.”

Haskins felt strong throughout the bike and swim, but did not feel her best during the run. Haskins was able to rally and maintain position ahead of competitor, and another past St. Anthony’s Triathlon champion, Alicia Kaye. “These are the most ideal conditions we have ever had here,” said Kaye.

In the men’s field, Eric Lagerstrom took the top podium spot with a new St. Anthony’s Triathlon record of 1:45.02, a 49-second course record. Lagerstrom was followed by Jason West in second, and Cameron Dye in third.

Dye was first out of the water with Lagerstrom close behind. Lagerstrom did not have his second wetsuit on during the swim due to a shipping arrival issue, and in turn, was able to make a quick transition to the bike. While on the bike, Lagerstrom rode hard, attacking each of the 55 corners on the course.

“Honestly, I was really worried about not having my second layer wetsuit,” said Lagerstrom. “I did not want to get out of bed this morning. I kept refreshing that tracking number.” The quick transition and attention to the bike paid off for Lagerstrom with competitor Cam Dye agreeing, “He [Lagerstrom] killed it. It was an awesome race.”

In the Sprint Triathlon (Swim 750m, bike 20K, run 5K), the top three women were Celia Dubey, Yelena Maloney, and Courtnie Gilmour. The top three male finishers were Clyde Satterfield, John Reback, and Ramses Rodriguez.

In total, over 3,000 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 35th running of the St. Anthony’s Triathlon events were more successful than ever before,” said Susan Daniels, race director for St. Anthony’s Triathlon. “A new course record was established, we hosted a USAT National Qualifier, and had the pleasure of having some of the world’s best triathletes compete on our St. Petersburg course.”

Next year’s St. Anthony’s Triathlon will take place from April 27 to April 28, 2019. Registration for the 2019 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. Eric Lagerstrom and Sarah Haskins Win 2018 St. Anthony’s Triathlon

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