St. Anthony's Triathlon preview

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St. Anthony's Triathlon

The St. Anthony's Triathlon will attract approximately 3,500 athletes and 125 relay teams to downtown St. Petersburg this weekend. This is the fourth year it is part of the World Triathlon Corporation's 5150 Triathlon Series. It is also a qualifier for the Hy-Vee 5150 U.S. Championship. The race serves as the USA Triathlon Florida Regional Championship, which qualifies athletes for the USAT nationals.

Saturday: The 20th annual Meek & Mighty Triathlon starts at North Shore Pool, 901 North Shore Drive, with the first swim wave at 7:30 a.m. Ages 7 to 10 will compete on a course comprising a 100-yard swim, 3.6-mile bike ride and half-mile run. Ages 11 to 14 and novice adults will compete on a course comprising a 200-yard swim, 5.4-mile bike ride and 1-mile run. This year, the Meek & Mighty is one of six regional qualifiers for the Hy-Vee Kids Triathlon Championship, which will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, on Aug. 30.

Sunday: Triathlon, at North Shore and Vinoy parks. International-distance race (1.5-kilometer swim, 40-kilometer bike, 10-kilometer run), 6:50 a.m. start time; sprint-distance race (750-meter swim, 20-kilometer bike, 5-kilometer run), approximately 8:45 a.m. start time.

Sports Expo: Straub Park, 500 Beach Drive. Today — noon to 7 p.m. Saturday — 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Admission is free.

Traffic delays: St. Petersburg residents should note that some downtown areas will have intermittent road closures and traffic delays for Sunday's triathlon from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

More info: satriathlon.com

St. Anthony's Triathlon preview 04/24/14 [Last modified: Thursday, April 24, 2014 11:37pm]

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