Top Athletes and Future Champions to Compete in Morton Plant Mease Triathlon
CLEARWATER, Fla. (June 17, 2010) – This year’s Morton Plant Mease Triathlon on June 27 will feature elite junior triathletes competing with some of the world’s top triathletes.
The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon has been chosen as the 2010 USAT Florida Region Junior Championship. The race will give elite junior triathletes, ages 15 to 19, a rare opportunity to compete alongside champions. This gives the USA Triathlon organization a chance to identify potential future Olympians. The race will also be used as a junior qualifier for the 2010 International Triathlon Union Sprint Distance World Championship. Approximately 50 junior elite triathletes are expected to participate.
Top competitors registered for this year’s triathlon include Nina Kraft, who won last year’s 2009 Morton Plant Mease Triathlon. Kraft is also the 2009 Gasparilla Marathon female winner. She holds the 2007 Florida Ironman title, breaking the record course by 20 minutes. Kraft, originally from Germany, now lives and trains in Clermont, Fla.
The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon presented by the Skip Cline Leadership Society kicks off at 6:50 a.m. with a 1/3-mile open water swim at Sand Key Park. From there, participants will bike 13 miles through Clearwater Beach, over the Memorial Causeway and through Clearwater. The final leg consists of a 3.1 mile run in Sand Key Park.
Participants can register online at www.mpmtriathlon.org or www.active.com. The registration fee is $75 per individual and $95 per relay team. Entry fees are non-refundable. Online registration closes on June 22 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.
For more information on the Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, please call (727) 953-9198.
About 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. Morton Plant Mease Health Care is a part of BayCare Health System which is the largest community-based health system in the region, providing expert medical care for a patient’s lifetime.
About Morton Plant Mease Foundation
Established in 1977, Morton Plant Mease Foundation is a charitable organization providing philanthropic support to the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease Health Care to achieve medical excellence and provide the care of our community needs.
About the Skip Cline Leadership Society
The Skip Cline Leadership Society is a dynamic group of local professionals who share a common interest in advancing the future of health care. Organized by friends of Harry Sykes “Skip” Cline, Jr. 18 years after his untimely death, these emerging leaders are investing in the future of Morton Plant Mease Health Care with other philanthropically inclined young leaders.