Deep professional field ready to tackle St. Anthony's Triathlon
Posted Apr 25 2009 11:02pm
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla--Now entering its 26th year as one of the largest and most competitive Olympic-distance triathlons in the United States, St. Anthony’s Triathlon is once again preparing to host some of the world’s strongest and most elite professional athletes. More than 4,000 individuals and 150 relay teams from 45 states, 18 countries, and six U.S. territories are expected to compete. The race, sponsored and produced by St. Anthony’s Hospital, takes place Sunday, April 26.
“In the last 26 years, St. Anthony’s Triathlon has seen tremendous growth,” said St. Anthony’s Hospital President, William Ulbricht.
“From its humble beginnings in 1984 with only 600 athletes, St. Anthony’s Triathlon now has a reputation as one of the premier multisport events in the world. The race has become an integral part of our community, bringing in thousands of spectators, participants and volunteers for a weekend focused on fitness and fun. And like the Triathlon, St. Anthony’s Hospital also has a reputation in the community for what we do best – providing quality, compassionate care for more than 75 years.”
Some of the athletes who will headline the 2009 St. Anthony’s Triathlon in the men’s and women’s professional field are 2008 Triathlete Magazine Short-course Athlete of the Year (non-drafting) and former St. Anthony’s Triathlon Champion, Greg Bennett; -2007 and 2008 St. Anthony’s Triathlon Champion and U.S. Olympian, Matt Reed; 2007 -Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Andy Potts; -2008 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Terenzo Bozzone; -2008 U.S. Olympian and past St. Anthony’s ITU World Cup Champion, Laura Bennett; -2008 Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Joanna Zeiger; -2005 and 2006 St. Anthony’s Triathlon Champion, Becky Lavelle; and -2007 Ford Ironman 70.3 World Champion, Mirinda Carfrae.