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2008 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Announces Community Preparations for Triathlon

CLEARWATER, Fla., (July 1, 2008) - More than 800 triathletes are anticipated to take part in the third annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon to be held on Sunday, July 13 at Sand Key Park and in the cities of Clearwater and Belleair. To promote traffic safety, Morton Plant Mease Health Care is working with the city officials and local police to coordinate traffic and inform the community about areas that may experience traffic delays during the race. The following locations, bridges and streets will be impacted from approximately 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. during the triathlon:

On Sand Key

  • Sand Key Park
  • Sand Key Bridge
  • S. Gulfview Blvd.
  • Hamden Dr.
  • Coronado Dr.
  • Memorial Causeway Bridge
  • Gulf Blvd.

City of Clearwater

  • Palm Ave.
  • Turner Street
  • Bay Ave.
  • Druid Rd. W.
  • Druid Rd. S.
  • Belleview Blvd.
  • Indian Rocks Rd.

City of Belleair

  • West Bay Dr.
  • Belleair Causeway Bridge

Police officers from the cities of Clearwater and Belleair will assist with directing traffic. Additionally, the United States Coast Guard has authorized the temporary closure of the Belleair Causeway Bridge during a portion of the triathlon between approximately 7:15 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. The bridge will remain in the lowered position except in instances to allow for the passage of boating vessels in distress, public vessels of the United States and tugboats with tows.

The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon begins at 6:50 a.m. at Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, Florida and features a 1/3-mile open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico, 13 miles of bicycling and 3.1 miles of running. The race finishes at Sand Key Park. Proceeds from the triathlon benefit the Morton Plant Mease Foundation which provides philanthropic support to the four community owned hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care. The race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

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