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St. Anthony's Meek & Mighty races running early in downtown St. Petersburg

If you're heading to downtown St. Petersburg Saturday morning, be reminded that the Meek & Mighty Triathlon — the youth event connected to this weekend's St. Anthony's Triathlon — will limit your access to Bayshore and North Shore drives, from Coffee Pot Boulevard in the north to Albert Whitted Airport in the south.

The shorter distance race for youths age 7 to 14 and novice adults starts at North Shore Pool, 901 North Shore Drive, at 7:30 a.m. and may last until noon. There's also a Sports and Fitness Expo at Straub Park, 500 Beach Drive, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.. Admission is free.

On Sunday, more than 3,000 endurance athletes will be swimming, biking and running in St. Petersburg on Sunday as part of the St. Anthony's Triathlon, an event that will impact many of the city's neighborhoods.

The International-distance race (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run), staged out of North Shore & Vinoy Parks, starts at 6:50 a.m. It will be followed by a sprint triathlon (750-meter swim, 20K bike, 5K run) at 8:45 a.m.

St. Petersburg residents should note that some downtown areas will have intermittent road closures and traffic delays on Sunday until about 1:30 p.m.

In addition, construction along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street S will alter a portion of the bicycle route for the international distance triathlon. The bike race will jump on Fourth Street S at Fifth Avenue, make its way down to Pinellas Point Drive and then head back to downtown St. Petersburg on Fourth Street S.

For information go to www.satriathlon.com.

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