Residents Encouraged to Find Alternate Routes During 30th Anniversary St. Anthony's Triathlon
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (April 8, 2013) - As preparations continue for the 30th Anniversary St. Anthony's Triathlon, residents are urged to find alternate routes as intermittent road closures and traffic delays are expected on Sunday, April 28, from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Most roads will be open, but traffic will be halted from time to time to accommodate for the safety of the athletes and those viewing the race. The Triathlon brings thousands of athletes to downtown St. Petersburg as race participants swim in Tampa Bay and then bike and run along the scenic course through the streets of St. Petersburg.
"The patience and understanding of nearby residents is truly appreciated. We understand that the annual weekend race may be a temporary inconvenience," said Susan Daniels, St. Anthony's Triathlon manager. The event brings approximately $5 million to the local economy and benefits St. Anthony's Hospital and its mission to serve the health of the community.
Sections of St. Petersburg roads and streets that will be closed 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
- Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 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
St. Anthony's Triathlon race officials are working closely with the city of St. Petersburg in planning and St. Petersburg police officers will be directing traffic during the St. Anthony's Triathlon.
For neighbors who want to be a part of the action, there are many volunteer opportunities available including athlete check-in, body marking, course marshal and water stations. All volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt and access to the hospitality tent. Please call (813) 420-7815 for more information on volunteering or visit www.SATriathlon.com/volunteers. You also can follow the race on Facebook at www.facebook.com/stanthonystriathlon.
Part of the World Triathlon Corp.'s (WTC) 5150 Triathlon Series, the St. Anthony's Triathlon will serve as a qualifier for the HyVee 5150 U.S. Championship. The race is also the 2013 USA Triathlon Regional Championship, providing athletes the opportunity to qualify for the 2013 USA Triathlon Olympic-Distance National Championships.
St. Anthony's Triathlon attracts approximately 3,500 individuals and 125 relay teams each year from more than 44 states and 23 countries. The race weekend, April 26-28, includes a sports and fitness expo and the Meek & Mighty Triathlon, a shorter-distance race for youth ages 7-14 and novice adults. Athletes compete for the professional prize purse in addition to $10,000 in prizes for the top male and female competitors in the Elite Amateur division.
About St. Anthony's Hospital
St. Anthony's Hospital produces the St. Anthony's Triathlon and is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. The first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County, Fla., St. Anthony's celebrated its 80th year in 2011 and the hospital continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.
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About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.
BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.