St. Petersburg, FL (PRWEB)
April 20, 2017
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (April 20, 2017) – 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 that returns to St. Petersburg on Sunday, April 30th. Over 3,000 athletes from 41 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.
Final preparations are underway for the athletic competition that is considered to be one of the sport’s leading events in the U.S. 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 April 28 – 30 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 Sunday, April 30, while the Meek & Mighty Triathlon will be Saturday, April 29. Approximately 40 professional stars of the sport, including 2015 and 2016 St. Anthony’s Triathlon winner Cameron Dye, who is hoping to land the three-peat at this year’s race, 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.
The list of female professional triathletes also includes: Ashley Clifford (Florida), Kaitlin Donner (Florida), Lauren Goss (Colorado), Ericka Hachmeister (New York), Heather Lendway (Minnesota), Rebecca Martz (West Virginia), and Jillian Petersen (Washington).
On the men’s field, professional triathletes include: Richard Border (Florida), Nicholas Chase (Florida), Robbie Deckard (Indiana), Brian Fleischmann (Colorado), Will Jurkowski (Colorado), Eric Limkemann (Virginia), Jackson Laundry (Canada), Lawrence Merrill (New York), Andrew Mueller (Indiana), Michael Poole (Florida), John Rasmussen (Canada), Tim Russell (Vermont), Rodolphe Von Berg (Colorado), Jason West (Colorado), Timothy Winslow (Colorado), Matthew Wisthoff (North Carolina), and Andrew Yoder (Pennsylvania).
Professionals will compete for a $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, Neb., to be held on Aug. 12, 2017. In order to qualify for the National Championships, competitors must finish in the top 33 percent or top five (whichever is greater) competitors per their respective age groups.
The 2017 St. Anthony’s Triathlon weekend events are as follows:
Friday, April 28-…