2024 St. Anthony's Triathlon Named Florida State Championships Race by USA Triathlon
The St. Anthony’s Triathlon has been designated the 2024 Florida State Championships Race by USA Triathlon. Registration continues for race weekend, April 26-28, 2024. Events include the Olympic, Sprint and Meek & Mighty triathlons.
The State Championship event gives adult and high school athletes the opportunity to race for state titles and provides an increased chance to qualify for USA Triathlon National Championships.
State Championships include a non-drafting Sprint- and Olympic-distance race for age group athletes, as well as a High School State Championship division in the Sprint-distance race, USAT said. The top overall male and female athletes and top athletes per age group in the Sprint- and Olympic-distance races will be state champions.
“We are proud to be part of this opportunity for athletes of all ages,” said Patrick McGee, Triathlon manager and race director. “They will be able to hone their skills at our race before moving on to national USAT events.”
The Triathlon, which earlier this year was voted the second-best triathlon in the United States in a USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Award contest, is marking its 41st year in 2024.
The USAT Olympic- and Sprint-Distance National Championships is an annual event that brings together the best U.S. age group triathletes in the Sprint- and Olympic-distance. Athletes must qualify to participate at the national events. Click here for more information about nationals and dates for other state races.
USAT recently announced that Atlantic City, N.J., will host the 2024 USA Triathlon Olympic- and Sprint-Distance National Championships on Sept. 13-15, 2024.
In its first year, the Triathlon welcomed about 600 athletes to swim, bike and run along the scenic waterfront and through the picturesque neighborhoods of St. Petersburg. The Triathlon now hosts thousands of individual athletes and dozens of relay teams over the course of the event.
In addition to being a past regional championship race and the USAT Southeastern Club Regional Championship, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon also has been named one of the 5 Bucket-List Olympic Distance Triathlons in North America by Triathlon Magazine Canada and has been named one of the Top 10 Great Destination Triathlons in the United States by Complete Tri.
The three-day St. Anthony’s Triathlon Weekend includes:
- The Olympic-Distance Triathlon, set for Sunday, April 28, is known for its talented professional field.
- The Sprint Triathlon, also on April 28, features shorter distances than the Olympic-distance race along the same course.
- The Meek & Mighty Triathlon, on Saturday, April 27, is a race for novice adults and children who are new to the sport of triathlon. The pool swim kicks off the race which finishes with a bike ride and run around downtown St. Petersburg.
The Sunday events are scheduled to feature a swim in Tampa Bay; a bike ride that takes athletes by high rises and into quiet neighborhoods that bustle with excitement as athletes whiz by; and a run through one of St. Petersburg’s oldest neighborhoods.
The weekend also includes the St. Anthony’s Triathlon Sports & Fitness Expo, a showcase of the latest equipment for multisport athletes, workshops for athletes to prepare for the events and information tables featuring various St. Anthony’s Hospital and BayCare services.
For more information about the events, visit SATriathlon.com. Athletes and fans can be a part of the conversation on the St. Anthony’s Triathlon Facebook page at Facebook.com/StAnthonysTriathlon by using the hashtag, #StAnthonysTri.