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St. Anthony’s Triathlon canceled due to coronavirus concerns

Organizers are working to establish best practices for the 2021 event.

St. Anthony’s Triathlon and its surrounding events have been canceled this year due to concerns about the coronavirus, according to a news release.

Organizers are working to establish best practices for the 2021 event.

“Providing for the health and safety of our athletes, volunteers and community is the top priority of St. Anthony’s Hospital,” St. Anthony’s President Scott Smith said in the release. “After assessing many event scenarios, we decided that it was in the best interest of our athletes and the community to cancel the 2020 events. We are grateful to all of our athletes, volunteers and sponsors for their patience and continued support as we worked to make this difficult decision.”

The triathlon originally had been scheduled for April 24-26 but was postponed when the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that large gatherings should not take place at that time. Organizers had been working with the City of St. Petersburg to find new dates.

“We are grateful to city officials for their help and patience as we discussed how to stage a safe event,” said Patrick McGee, the triathlon’s manager and race director. “We will continue to work with the city as we establish best practices and procedures to ensure a safe and successful return to racing.”

Several options are available to participants who registered for the 2020 events:

  • Defer to next year’s event, which is scheduled for April 23-25, 2021. Once the request for deferral is made, the triathlon team will move the registration to next year’s race. If add-ons, such as a parking pass, VIP passes, photo packages and post-race massages were purchased, those will be a part of the participant’s account when registering for the 2021 event.
  • USA Triathlon will contact participants about one-day license or membership fee options using the email address on the athlete RunSignup account.
  • Refunds can be requested if the participant registered for the 2020 event. Refunds are not available to participants who already had deferred from any race in or prior to 2019. Refund requests must be made by Aug. 1, 2020.
  • Registration fees can be donated to the St. Anthony’s Hospital Foundation to help St. Anthony’s team members in the fight again the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizers will work with sponsors and vendors who were scheduled to be at the three-day Sports & Fitness Expo. Have questions? Email Triathlon@BayCare.org.

For more information, visit SATriathlon.com, RunSignup.com/Race/FL/SaintPetersburg/StAnthonys or the race’s Facebook page.

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