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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Triathlon Traffic Impact for Clearwater and Bellair Residents
06/14/2011

CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 9, 2011)- Around 1,000 participants are expected to compete in the Sixth Annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon on Sunday, June 26, 2011.  The course begins at 6:50 a.m. in Sand Key Park and will run through communities in Clearwater and Belleair and also have an impact on the intercoastal waterway bridges.

Police officers from the cities of Clearwater and Belleair will direct traffic during the event. The following locations, bridges and streets will be impacted from approximately 6:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. during the triathlon with intermittent traffic delays:

Sand Key Park                                    City of Clearwater                City of  Belleair     

- Sand Key Park                                  - Palm Ave.                           - West Bay Dr.

- Sand Key Bridge                              - Turner Street                      - Belleair Causeway Bridge

- S. Gulfview Blvd.                              - Bay Ave.

- Hamden Dr.                                      - Druid Rd. W.

- Coronado Dr.                                    - Druid Rd. S.

- Memorial Causeway Bridge            - Belleview Blvd.

- Gulf Blvd.                                         - Indian Rocks Rd.

The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon begins with a 1/3-mile open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico off 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.

To participate in the race or volunteer, visit www.mpmtriathlon.org or call (727) 953-9198.

As of June 1, registration fees are $80 per individual and $100 per relay team. 

A $4,000 purse will be distributed to the top five Elite/Open Division male and female finishers.

Volunteers are needed for athlete check-in, body marking, water station, course marshal and finish line. Volunteers will receive a commemorative T-shirt and access to the hospitality tent.  

Proceeds from the Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, presented by the Skip Cline Society, benefit the pediatric services at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.  

About Skip Cline Society

The Skip Cline Society is a dynamic group of young professionals who share a common interest in advancing the future of health care and Morton Plant Mease's pediatric services. Since 1995, the group has organized signature events such as the Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, Lobster Bake, Seawall Rodeo and the Family Friendly Fishing Tournament. Last year, the Skip Cline Society provided a Baby Simulator (BabySIM) for nurses and physicians in pediatric services at Mease Countryside Hospital.

About Morton Plant Mease

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. 

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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Media contact: Denise Moore, (727) 461-8538 Phone, (727) 402-5975 Pager