Residents Encouraged to Seek Alternate Routes During the 35th Annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon

April 12, 2018
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (April 12, 2018) – The 35th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon is just a few weeks away on April 27-29, 2018, and is expected to draw about 3,500 athletes who will swim, bike and run along the waterfront course and through historic St. Petersburg neighborhoods. Because of the three main races that will take place during the weekend – the Meek & Mighty Triathlon on Saturday, April 28, and the Olympic- and Sprint-distance Triathlons on Sunday, April 29 – race officials are suggesting that residents look for alternate routes as some roads will be subject to intermittent closures and there will be traffic delays.

Race and city officials say that most roads will remain open. However, for the safety of the athletes participating, course monitors and spectators, traffic will be stopped at various times on several streets. Course information and maps are located on the St. Anthony’s Triathlon website,

“We are grateful for the patience of residents who live near our course,” said Susan Daniels, St. Anthony’s Triathlon manager. “While we understand that the annual weekend race may be a temporary inconvenience, we hope that local residents will come out and support the athletes as they make their way along the course.” 

Several sections of St. Petersburg roads and streets are expected to be closed. Those include: 
  • Brightwaters Boulevard, which will be closed between Snell Isle Boulevard and the  turnaround in the 1900 block of Brightwaters
  • Bayshore Drive, which will be closed between Seventh Avenue North and Fifth Avenue South
  • North Shore Drive NE and Coffee Pot Boulevard, which will be closed between Seventh and 22nd Avenues North
  • Fifth Avenue South (Dali Boulevard), which will be closed from First to Fourth Streets
  • Pinellas Point Drive, will be closed (drivers will be allowed to cross when safe to do so)
Some roads that will be subject to intermittent closures and delays include:
  • First Avenue South between 28th and First streets South
  • Fourth Street South between 18th Avenue S and Pinellas Point Drive
  • Portions of First, Third, Fourth and Sixth Streets South between First Avenue South and Pinellas Point Drive
  • Snell Isle Bridge, will have limited vehicle traffic allowed
Residents also are invited to come out and be a part of the action. Registration to compete in any of the St. Anthony’s Triathlon events is open at And volunteers are welcome. “For this fast-paced and fun weekend, we are seeking about 1,000 volunteers to assist athletes, pass out water along the course and give out medals at the finish line,” Daniels said. All volunteers will receive a commemorative race T-shirt and access to the volunteer hospitality tent. To volunteer, sign up online at

The St. Anthony’s Triathlon attracts professional and amateur competitors from around the world. USA Triathlon (USAT) has selected St. Anthony’s Triathlon as a 2018 Regional Championship Race and as a USAT Southeastern Club Regional Championship. The event was recently named one of the top 10 Great Destination Triathlons in the United States by Compete Tri for 2017. 

In addition to the various races throughout the weekend, the Triathlon weekend will include the three-day Sports and Fitness Expo at St. Petersburg’s waterfront in a new location at Vinoy Park. A new addition this year is a musical concert on Friday, April 27, 2018 at 6 p.m. in Vinoy Park. This year’s concert will feature two acts including country artist and Florida-born triathlete, Erin Cosgrove, and The Petty Hearts, a Tom Petty Tribute Band.

For more information about the 2018 races, athletes, the Expo and surrounding activities, visit or the St. Anthony’s Triathlon’s Facebook page: Be a part of the conversation by using the hashtag, #StAnthonysTri

About St. Anthony’s Hospital
St. Anthony’s Hospital is 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. For more information on St. Anthony’s, call (727) 953-6993.

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