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2009 Press Releases
Results of the Fourth Annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon
CLEARWATER, Fla., (July 12, 2009)—With a race time of under one hour, Spencer Smith was the fastest competitor in the Fourth Annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon this morning. At 41 years old, Nina Craft finished with fasted women’s race time.

Smith is a three-time World Triathlon Champion and two-time Ironman Champion. He has competed all of the previous Morton Plant Mease Triathlons, with this year being his first win with a race time of 56:10. Smith lives in Palm Harbor. Craft was this year’s 2009 Gasparilla Marathon female winner, and broke the 2007 Florida Ironman record. She was also first place winner in the 2007 Ironman Brazil. This was her first time competing in the Morton Please Mease Triathlon. Her winning race time was 1:01.23. Craft lives in Clermont, Florida.

This year, elite junior members (ages 15 to 19) of the USA Triathlon were given an opportunity to race in the first wave along with the top elite athletes for the 2009 USAT Florida Region Junior Championship title. The male title holder is Nicolas Tautiva, age 19, of Clermont with a time of 1:00:44. The female title holder is Taylor Scott, age 15, of St. Petersburg. Her race time was 1:17:26. Junior winners of the Morton Plant Mease Triathlon will also qualify for the 2009 International Triathlon Union Sprint Distance World Championship.

The top five Elite/Open Division male and female finishers share a $4,000 prize purse. Custom plaques were awarded to the top five male and female in each division and top three teams in each relay division. All race finishers received a custom medal.

In addition to the elites and juniors, the following divisions were also represented:

*Age Group (14 and under, then in five year increments to 85+)
*Clydesdale: 39 and under/40 & over
*Athena 39: and under/40 & over
*Skip Cline Young Leadership Society member
*Physically Challenged
*Relay Teams (female, male, mixed).

The Triathlon included a 1/3 mile open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico at Sand Key Park, a 13 mile bike ride through downtown Clearwater and Belleair, and ended with a 3.1 mile run through Sand Key Park. There were 1,100 athletes who registered for this year’s race. Next year’s race will be held once June 27, 2010 at the same location, Sand Key Park in Clearwater, Flordia.

The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon is organized and sponsored by the Skip Cline Young Leadership Society of the Morton Plant Mease Foundation. It is a group of young professionals who are the next generation of supporters and advisors of our local health care system. Members are age 45 and under and offer an active voice and philanthropic support 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.