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April 24, 2019

St. Anthony’s Triathlon Welcomes World-Class and Amateur Athletes from Around the World on April 26 – 28

Thousands Gather in St. Petersburg for the 36th Annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon


ST. PETERSBURG, FL (April 18, 2019) – World Champions, Olympians, and a well-rounded roster of professional athletes comprise the field for the 36th Annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon that returns to St. Petersburg on Sunday, April 28. More than 3,000 athletes from 41 states, the District of Columbia, and eight countries participated in the 2018 events, and this year’s total participant count is looking to be even greater.

Final preparations are underway for the athletic competition that is considered to be one of the sport’s leading events in the United States. From novice youth to age group amateurs to some of the best triathletes in the world, thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities will be in downtown St. Petersburg from April 26 – 28 to attend the Sports and Fitness Expo and compete in one of three events: the Meek & Mighty Triathlon, Sprint Triathlon or the Olympic distance race at St. Anthony’s Triathlon.

The Olympic distance Triathlon and the Sprint Triathlon will be held Sunday, April 28, while the Meek & Mighty Triathlon will be Saturday, April 27. Approximately 35 professional triathletes will compete, including Sarah Haskins-Koruem who will be going for her record eighth win at St. Anthony’s. If Haskins-Koruem wins this year, it would make her the only female pro to win St. Anthony’s eight times.

The list of female professional triathletes also includes: Holly Benner, Ginger Howell, Lindsey Jerdonek, Alicia Kaye, Meredith Kessler, Kearci Smith and Kyra Wiens.

None of the current male competitors has won St. Anthony’s Triathlon previously. Jason West captured the 2nd place podium spot in 2018, while Jackson Laundry placed 4th in last year’s event.

Other professional triathletes participating this year include: Todd Burns, Nicholas Chase, Robbie Deckard, Ian Hoover-Grinde, Jackson Laundry, Andre Lopes, Joe Maloy, Seth Ruhling, Rodolphe Von Berg, Jason West, Timothy Winslow and Matthew Wisthoff.

Professionals will compete for a $56,000 prize purse. Since the event is a USAT Olympic Distance and Paratriathlon Regional Championship event, registered USAT athletes will be 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. 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.

April 24, 2019

2019 Personal Stories

Celebrating SA Heroes

Every athlete comes to the start line of the St Anthony’s Triathlon with a story of their own.  When possible, we make an effort to retell the stories that inspire. This year we are celebrating the victorious personal stories of Darin Santangelo, Mary Thomas, Sarah Haskins-Koruem, Jason West & Todd Burns.

April 24, 2019

One of North America’s Iconic Triathlons

History of St. Anthony’s Triathlon

St. Anthony’s Triathlon began in 1984 as the Tampa Bay Triathlon and was part of the 10-city U.S. Triathlon Series. That year 600 athletes completed the 1.5K (0.9 mi.) swim, 40K (24.8 mi.) bike and 10K (6.2 mi.) run at Fort DeSoto. The following year St. Anthony’s gained ownership of the event and moved it to the waterfront of downtown St. Petersburg.

Today, St. Anthony’s Triathlon is considered to be one of the sport’s leading events in the U.S. Thousands of professional and amateur athletes of all ages and abilities, and from all around the world, will again gather along St. Petersburg’s waterfront to compete in the 36th St. Anthony’s Triathlon.

What began as a single race has grown to encompass three events — the Olympic distance St. Anthony’s Triathlon, the St. Anthony’s Sprint Triathlon and the Meek & Mighty Triathlon. More than 3,000 athletes from 41 states, the District of Columbia and eight countries participated in the 2018 events. selected St. Anthony’s Triathlon as one of the 12 “must-do” triathlons, calling it “One of the best early-season triathlons in the U.S.” included St. Anthony’s Triathlon on its inaugural list of “10 favorite destination races in the U.S.” and Triathlon Magazine Canada included St. Anthony’s Triathlon as one of the “5 Bucket-List Olympic Distance Triathlons in North America.”

April 24, 2019

General Media Tips

2019 Media Tips

St. Anthony’s Triathlon Media Contacts 24-hour Phone:  (727) 420-9769 

Meek & Mighty Triathlon –Saturday, April 27, 2019
Race Starts: 7:30 a.m., *8:15 a.m., *9 a.m. (*Time Trial Start so start times may be sooner than above time).

Parking – Available beginning at 6 a.m. at the tennis courts just north of North Shore Pool parking lot, 1201 North Shore Drive N.E. After the race starts, parking is available on side streets near North Shore Pool.

Course – Begins and finishes at North Shore Pool, 901 North Shore Dr. N.E. Best Photo Opportunities – Race start (pool side), transition area entrance or exit (no media access inside) and finish line (Vinoy Park).

St. Anthony’s Triathlon –Sunday, April 28, 2019
Race Starts: 6:50 a.m. (first swim wave)

St. Anthony’s Sprint Race –Sunday, April 28, 2019
Race Starts: 8:35 a.m., approx. (first swim wave)

Parking – Approach race venue from Beach Drive NE from Seventh Avenue NE behind the Vinoy. Park near the intersection of Seventh Avenue and Bayshore near the dog park. 

Parking near the swim start is also available beginning at 5 a.m. at the tennis courts just north of North Shore Pool parking lot, 1201 North Shore Drive N.E. After the race starts, parking will be limited in parking lots and on side streets near North Shore Pool. 

Media Credentials—All working media and photographers are required to have media credentials. Contact Natasha LaBeaud Anzures, (916) 220-0169 or (727) 420-9769 (media phone). 

Media Center – A media tent located near the finish line at Vinoy Park will be designated as a working media area. 

Remote Locations – Contact Janet O’Harrow (727) 420-9769 or Sherry Robinson (727) 580-3355 to set up a remote. 

Photo Opportunities – Swim start on the beach just north of North Shore Pool, transition area entrance or exit along Bayshore Drive (no media access inside) and finish line at Vinoy Park. 

Post-Race Interviews – Winners will be available in media tent for interviews. 

January 29, 2019

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

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (January 29, 2019)

We are pleased to announce that St Anthony’s Triathlon will once again serve as the regional Olympic Distance Qualifier for the 2019 National Championships! 

The St. Anthony’s Triathlon race has a long history in attracting high-caliber athletes from all over the world including Olympic athletes and Ironman world champions. Securing the position as a regional qualifier means 2019 will be no  exception to this long-standing tradition of bringing some of the nations biggest competitors to St Petersburg. 

Per USAT, the top 33 percent or top five (whichever is greater) competitors will qualify per their respective age groups for the Olympic Distance National Championships.Athletes can only qualify at a Regional Championship or Special Qualifier if racing Olympic-distance. No other distance will allow for qualification.

All athletes must be at least 17 years old by Dec. 31, 2018, to qualify for the Olympic-Distance National Championships.

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

“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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Natasha LaBeaud Anzures
(916) 220-0169
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(727) 420-9769

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