World Champions, Olympians, and a well-rounded roster of professional athletes from across the world comprise the field for the 34th Annual St Anthony’s Triathlon, which returns to St Petersburg, Florida on Sunday 30 April. Over 3,000 athletes from 41 US states, the District of Columbia, and 8 countries participated in the 2016 events, and this year’s total participant count is looking to be even greater.
From novice youth to age group amateurs to some of the best triathletes in the world, thousands of athletes of all ages and abilities will be in downtown St Petersburg from 28-30 April to attend the two-day Sports and Fitness Expo and compete in one of three events: the Meek & Mighty Triathlon, Sprint Triathlon and the Olympic distance St Anthony’s Triathlon.
The Olympic distance Triathlon and the Sprint Triathlon will be held on Sunday 30 April, while the Meek & Mighty Triathlon will be on Saturday 29 April. Approximately 40 professional stars of the sport, including 2015 and 2016 St Anthony’s Triathlon winner Cameron Dye, will toe the starting line. Alicia Kaye, the 2015 women’s winner and 2016 runner-up finisher of St Anthony’s, is also eyeing the top podium spot this year.
Professionals will compete for a US$56,000 prize purse. Because the event is a USAT Regional Championship event, registered USAT athletes will be able to qualify at the St Anthony’s Triathlon for the 2017 Olympic-Distance National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska, to be held on 12 August 2017. In order to qualify for the National Championships, competitors must finish in the top 33% or top five (whichever is greater) competitors per their respective age groups.
The St Anthony’s Triathlon has been named one of the top 10 Great Destination Triathlons in the United States by Compete Tri for 2017 and as one of the ‘5 Bucket-List Olympic Distance Triathlons in North America’ by Triathlon Magazine Canada. Positioned as a destination event, the race attracts a wide range of professional and amateur athletes including Olympic gold medallists, IRONMAN World Champions, and in some years, celebrities.
The event supports St. Anthony’s Hospital – a 393-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and was the first faith-based hospital in Pinellas County.