USA Triathlon (USAT) has selected St Anthony’s Triathlon as a 2017 Regional Championship Race. Run by St. Anthony’s Hospital, the 34th annual St Anthony’s Triathlon in St Petersburg, Florida, will take place on 30 April 2017 with approximately 3,000 athletes competing over the course of the weekend.
As a USAT Regional Championship site, registered USAT athletes can qualify from the St Anthony’s Triathlon to the 2017 Olympic-Distance National Championships in Omaha, Nebraska, on 12 August. In order to qualify for the USAT National Championships, competitors must finish in the top 33% or among the top five (whichever is greater) competitors per their respective age groups.
“We are proud to have been selected as a USAT Regional Championship race,” said Susan Daniels, race director for St. Anthony’s Triathlon. “We have a long-time heritage in the sport, attract athletes from all over the world, and are honoured to offer these athletes the opportunity to qualify for the National Championship, while racing on our beautiful St Petersburg course.”
The St Anthony’s Sports and Fitness Expo will take place from 28-30 April, with the kids’ Meek & Mighty Triathlon occurring on 29 April, and the main triathlon, for both Olympic and Sprint distance races, running on 30 April.
The St. Anthony’s Triathlon attracts professional and amateur competitors from around the world. Professionals will compete for a US$56,000 prize purse. The event was recently 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.