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2008 Press Releases
Swim, Cycle, Run with World Class Athletes in Third Annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon

Entries Still Available, Race Volunteers Welcome

CLEARWATER, Fla., (May 7, 2008) - The third time may be the charm! For the third year in a row, three-time World Triathlon Champion and two-time Ironman Champion Spencer Smith will race for first place at this summer’s Morton Plant Mease Triathlon to be held on Sunday, July 13 in Clearwater. More than 800 individual athletes and relay teams are invited to register and compete alongside Spencer in the triathlon which benefits the four hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care; all community owned facilities dedicated to improving the health of the community.

“Entries are still available for the third annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon. The event sold out quickly the two previous years, and this year’s registration is anticipated to fill up as well,” said Bryan Stanley, co-chair of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation’s Skip Cline Young Leadership Society, presenters of the triathlon.

The race is sponsored by the Morton Plant Mease Foundation and sanctioned by USA Triathlon. It features a 1/3-mile open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico, a 13-mile bike over the Sand Key, Belleair Causeway and Memorial Causeway Bridges and 3.1 mile run finishing in Sand Key Park. The race kicks off at 7 a.m. at Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, Florida.

Registration fees are as follows:

  • $70 for individual competitors

  • $80 for relay teams

Race volunteers are needed to assist with athlete registration and assisting at the finish line. To learn more about becoming a Morton Plant Mease Triathlon volunteer, please call (727) 820-7790. “Even if you’re unable to compete, you can still be part of the triathlon excitement by becoming a race volunteer,” said Stanley.

A $4,000 prize purse will be divided and distributed to the top five elite male and female finishers. The 2007 Morton Plant Mease Triathlon elite winners were two Floridians – Marc Bonnet-Eymard of Winter Garden and Stephanie Liles of Tallahassee. It was Eymard’s first race competing as a professional triathlete. The oldest triathlete to compete last year was 86 and the youngest 13.

All race finishers will receive custom medals. Custom plaques are also given to the top five finishers in the following categories: 14 years and younger; 15 – 19; 20 –25 and upward in five-year increments to 85 years, 85 and older; Clydesdale; Athena; Novice; Skip Cline member; and physically challenged.

Nationally recognized for health care excellence, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is dedicated to providing community owned health care services that set the standard for high-quality, compassionate care. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is comprised of the following hospitals: Morton Plant, Clearwater; Mease Dunedin, Dunedin; Mease Countryside, Safety Harbor and Morton Plant North Bay, New Port Richey.

Contact: Beth Hardy (727) 298-6199 Phone, (727) 402-8113 Pager or Amy Morrow (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager