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2009 Press Releases
Travel Delays possible during Morton Plant Mease Triathlon

CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 15, 2009)—One thousand participants are expected to compete in the 4th Annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon on Sunday, July 12, 2009. The course begins at 6:50 a.m. in Sand Key Park and will run through communities in Clearwater and Belleair. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is working with city officials to notify citizens of the event and of possible travel delays during the early morning race. The following locations, bridges and streets will be impacted from approximately 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. during the triathlon: Sand Key Park City of Clearwater City of Belleair - Sand Key Park - Palm Ave. - West Bay - Sand Key Bridge - Turner Street - Belleair Bridge - S. Gulfview Blvd. - Bay Ave. - Hamden Dr. - Druid Rd. W. - Coronado Dr. - Druid Rd. S. - Memorial Cwy Brg. - Belleview Blvd. - Gulf Blvd. - Indian Rocks Rd. Police officers from the cities of Clearwater and Belleair will direct traffic during the event. The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon begins with a 1/3-mile open water swim at Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd., Clearwater, Florida. From there, racers will bike 13 miles through Clearwater Beach, over the Memorial Causeway and through Clearwater by way of Druid Road and Indian Rocks Road, then over the Bellear Beach Causeway and north on Gulf Boulevard. The final leg consists of a 3.1 mile run in Sand Key Park. The registration fee is $70 per individual and $85 per relay team. Fees will increase an additional five dollars after July 5th. Entry fees are non-refundable. Online registration closes on July 8th and no registration will be offered on day of race. Registration capacity is limited to 1000 entries. A $4,000 purse will be distributed to the top five Elite/Open Division male and female finishers. Custom plaques will be awarded to the top five male and female in each division and top three teams in each relay division. All race finishers will receive a custom medal. Divisions are as follows: -Age Group (14 and under, then in five year increments to 85+) -Clydesdale: 39 and under/40 & over -Athena 39: and under/40 & over -Novice -Skip Cline Young Leadership Society member -Physically Challenged -Relay Teams (female, male, mixed). Division winners will receive a guaranteed entry and a 50 percent discount registration fee for the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St. Petersburg, in April 2010. 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. ###