More than 4,000 individuals and 150 relay teams are expected to compete in the 27th annual St. Anthony's Triathlon on Sunday. Nearly 1,000 participants are expected for the Meek & Mighty Triathlon on Saturday.
The following streets will be affected from about 7 to 11 a.m. Saturday during the Meek & Mighty Triathlon: Coffee Pot Boulevard, Seventh Avenue NE, North Shore Drive NE, Fifth Avenue NE, Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue SE.
The following streets will be affected from about 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday during the St. Anthony's Triathlon: Brightwaters Boulevard, First Street SE, 22nd Avenue S, Snell Isle Boulevard, Third Street N, 39th Avenue S, Coffee Pot Boulevard, Fourth Street S, Country Club Way, North Shore Drive NE, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street S, Fairway Avenue S, Bayshore Drive, Columbus Way S, Fifth Avenue S, Sixth Street S, Greenway Way S, First Avenue S, 18th Avenue S and Pinellas Point Drive.
Note that Bayshore Drive, from Second Avenue NE to Fifth Avenue NE, will be closed from 6 a.m. Friday through 2 p.m. Sunday.
The weekend of events, which features one of triathlon's largest sports and fitness expos, kicks off from noon to 7 p.m. Friday in Straub Park with athlete check-in. Check-in and the sports and fitness expo continue from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday in Straub Park.
Meek & Mighty Triathlon
Competition begins at 7:30 a.m. Saturday with the Meek & Mighty Triathlon at North Shore Pool. The Meek & Mighty is a shorter-distance race for ages 7-10 (swim: 100 yards, bike: 3.6 miles, run: 0.5 miles), ages 11-14 and novice adults (swim: 200 yards, bike: 5.4 miles, run: 1 mile).
St. Anthony's Triathlon
This world-class, Olympic distance event kicks off at 6:50 a.m. Sunday followed by a postrace party at 9:30 a.m. and an awards ceremony at 12:30 p.m. A professional category of more than 60 triathletes carries a $65,000 prize purse, and more than $10,000 in prizes will be awarded to the top male and female competitors in the Elite Amateur division.