If you’re not busy on the weekend of April 25th, you should seriously consider heading down to St. Petersburg Florida for the St. Anthony’s Triathlon. Entering it’s 27th year, the St. Anthony’s triathlon is a superbly managed triathlon and is one of the most popular and most reviewed triathlons. If you’d like to read some excellent race reviews, you can head over to the BeginnerTriathlete.com forums and check out some of the hundreds of reviews. Make sure to bring the family; there’s a “Meek and Mightly” mini-triathlon for the younger members of the family.
The swim starts in Tampa Bay and heads out parallel to The Pier on 2nd Avenue N., makes a right turn around the first buoy, and the returns to transition area. Although this might seem straightforward, I’d recommend doing some open water ocean swimming. Nothing like showing up to discover that the ocean actually has waves, unlike the open water lake where you’ve been training.
The bike course heads south out of the transition area through the middle of St. Petersburg, an out and back around the south end of Lake Maggiore before heading south again to the far end of the island. Once you make the out and back down Pinnellas Point Drive, you’ll head north again on 4th Street back towards the transition area. You’ll pass the airport just before you re-enter Vinoy Park and the transition.
The run is a simple out and back, heading north out of the park and crossing a little spur of the Bay before hugging the ocean on Brightwaters Blvd.
You really can’t beat Tampa in April. The course is pretty flat and very well managed. There’s always plenty of volunteer support, plenty of water and hydration stations. Not to mention, it’s for a good cause.