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2008 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Triathlon Participants Provided Alternative Racing Options

CLEARWATER, Fla., (July 23, 2008) - Due to severe weather that forced the cancellation of the Morton Plant Mease Triathlon on Sunday, July 13, triathlon organizers are offering athletes who were registered for the event the following alternative racing options:

  • Participation in the Athletes for a Cure Triathlon benefiting prostate cancer research on Sunday, September 21. The event is an Olympic-distance event taking place at Lake Buena Vista (Walt Disney World Resort). The general entry fee is $150 and is being offered to all Morton Plant Mease Triathlon registrants at a discounted rate of $80. For those requesting entry into the inaugural Athletes for a Cure Triathlon, please contact and you will be assigned a registration code to use when registering on, to be completed by mid-August.
  • Morton Plant Mease Triathlon registrants may also request deferral of their entry fee to the 2009 Morton Plant Mease Triathlon by sending an e-mail to The tentative date for this event is Sunday, July 12, 2009. The entry fee for 2008 registrants will be $40. Morton Plant Mease will notify registrants via e-mail with a registration code this December. Registration will open on January 1st and you will be required to register by January 31st or forfeit your 2009 discounted entry. The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon takes place at Sand Key Park in Clearwater and features a 1/3-mile open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico, 13-mile bike over the Sand Key, Belleair Causeway and Memorial Causeway Bridges and 3.1 mile run finishing in Sand Key Park, Clearwater.

Morton Plant Mease also explored the option of rescheduling the triathlon for later this year. “We looked at numerous dates, however the coordination of schedules for event staff and other previously scheduled events did not permit this. It was not an easy decision to cancel the race, but because of heavy rain and frequent lightning, we felt it was necessary to cancel the triathlon in order to ensure the safety of athletes, race staff and volunteers,” said Philip LaHaye, Morton Plant Mease Triathlon event director.

“We thank everyone who had planned to participate in the Morton Plant Mease Triathlon for their patience and understanding and look forward to next year’s event. We apologize for any inconvenience and hope that the community will continue to support the triathlon and the community owned hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care that it benefits,” said Bryan Stanley, co-chair of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation’s Skip Cline Young Leadership Society, presenters of the triathlon.

More than 800 individual participants and relay teams were registered to compete in the triathlon. The race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. 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.

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