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Triathletes to take over the town

More than 4,000 very fit people will be running, swimming and cycling around downtown St. Petersburg this weekend.

By SHARON KENNEDY WYNNE
Published April 26, 2007


More than 4,000 very fit people will be running, swimming and cycling around downtown St. Petersburg this weekend during the St. Anthony's Triathlon, one of the biggest in the country and a qualifier for the Ironman World Championship.

Registration is closed for this year, but you can still come out and watch the world-class pros, including Hunter Kemper, 29, of Longwood, the world's top-ranked male triathlete. He got his start as a 10-year-old in the Meek and Mighty races, the reduced versions of the race for children and less-ambitious adults that is held on Saturday.

The triathlon begins at 7 a.m. Sunday with alternate wave starts at Spa Beach for the 1.5K swim. Then it's a 40K bike race through downtown and southeast St. Petersburg. Finally, runners hit the pavement for a 10K run that finishes at Vinoy Park.

Jazz in the Park ends the day with an awards party and food vendors from 4 to 7 p.m.

You can get a good lookout spot at the rooftop of the Pier, or take in the Sports and Fitness Expo Friday through Sunday in Vinoy Park.

The Looper Downtown Trolley will provide free shuttle service. Visit their Web site for complete schedule and stops: www.loopertrolley.com.

For more information on the race, including training tips you can use for next year's race, visit www.satriathlon.com.