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St. Anthony's Triathlon Again Captured in Watercolors

Local Artist’s Limited Edition Painting is Award for Winners                                                                                             

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., (April 2, 2012) – St. Anthony’s Triathlon organizers are pleased to announce that for the 23rd year, local artist Bill Castleman has created a beautiful watercolor to commemorate the St. Anthony’s Triathlon, April 27-29, 2012.

Castleman’s limited edition painting, which will be among the awards given to winners on April 29, portrays the bicycle portion of the race.

“We are always truly in awe of the wonderful work that Bill does for us each year,” said Susan Daniels, St. Anthony’s Triathlon manager. “He captures the race in a way that truly brings it to life. We are honored to have his beautiful artistry as a part of the Triathlon this year.”

In the past, Castleman’s works have depicted all aspects of the Triathlon, from the swim to the run and now, the bicycle. This year, the watercolor will be available for purchase at the registration tent during the event’s expo. The Triathlon is in its 29th year.

Known for its scenic course along the downtown St. Petersburg waterfront, St. Anthony’s Triathlon also has been named one of 10 USA Triathlon Regional Championship events for 2012. The Triathlon attracts approximately 3,500 individuals and 125 relay teams each year from more than 45 states and nearly 20 countries.

The race weekend will also include an extensive event expo April 27-28 and the Meek & Mighty Triathlon on April 28, a shorter-distance race for youth ages 7-14 and novice adults. Athletes will compete for a professional prize purse totaling $65,000 in addition to $10,000 in prizes for the top male and female competitors in the Elite Amateur division. 

Visit www.SATriathlon.com for an up-to-date list of participants and other details.

About St. Anthony’s Triathlon
St. Anthony’s Triathlon, produced by St. Anthony’s Hospital, is now part of the World Triathlon Corporation’s (WTC) new 5150 Triathlon Series. The event will feature about 3,500 individual triathletes and 125 relay teams competing on Sunday, April 29. Additionally, a world-class professional field will compete for a prize purse of more than $65,000. The 5150 Series is the largest international distance triathlon series in the world and is the first non-drafting international race series of its kind.

About St. Anthony's Hospital
St. Anthony's Hospital is a 395-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany and is the first and only faith-based hospital in Pinellas County.  In 1997, St. Anthony's became part of BayCare Health System, a joint operating agreement between the Tampa Bay area's leading not-for-profit hospitals. St. Anthony's has a rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient's lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need. 

BayCare's family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony's, St. Joseph's, St. Joseph's Children's, St. Joseph's Hospital-North, St. Joseph's Women's, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at www.BayCare.org.

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