Named one of the 10 Great Destination Triathlons by Complete Tri, St. Anthony’s Triathlon returns in 2018 for its 35th year of competition. This year’s event will take place against the backdrop of beautiful and historic St. Petersburg, Florida.
St. Anthony’s Triathlon recently announced the initial list of professional athletes that will toe the line at this year’s race, to be held on April 29 in St. Petersburg. The 35th annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon will host approximately 3,000 athlete participants over the course of the weekend, and has also been selected by the USA Triathlon as a 2018 Regional Championship Race and as a USAT Southeastern Club Regional Championship.
The list of female professional triathletes competing for top honors includes: Kaitlin Donner, Lauren Goss, Ericka Hachmeister, Sarah Haskins, Brittany Higgins, Alicia Kaye, Sara McLarty, Maddy Pesch, Terry Casey and Kearci Smith. Returning pro competitor Lauren Goss is the defending champion from 2017, and will battle Alicia Kaye, who won the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in 2015, and was runner-up in the race in 2016.
Haskins will be going for her seventh win at St. Anthony’s. If Haskins prevails in 2018, it will make her the only female pro to win St. Anthony’s seven times. Pro Michellie Jones has won St. Anthony’s six times. Haskins won the triathlon in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016. Jones took the title in 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998 and 2004.
On the men’s field, professional triathletes include: Nicholas Chase, Jarrod Shoemaker, Jeremy Stagg, Rudy Von Berg, Matthew Alford, Jackson Laundry, Jason West and Cameron Dye. Dye is the only male pro to win four St. Anthony’s Triathlons and he’s eyeing a fifth victory after winning the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in 2010, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
Professionals will compete for a $56,000 prize purse. Since the event is a USAT Regional Championship event, registered USAT athletes will be able to qualify at the St. Anthony’s Triathlon for the 2018 USAT National Championships in Cleveland, Ohio, to be held August 11-12. In order to qualify for the National Championships, competitors must finish in the top 33 percent or top five (whichever is greater) competitors per their respective age groups.
“We have a tremendous group of pro triathletes competing in this year’s event,” said Susan Daniels, race director for St. Anthony’s Triathlon. “We are honored to have such a high level of athletes come to St. Petersburg for strong competition on a fast course.”
The St. Anthony’s Triathlon is open to all levels of athletes, from amateur to professional. Pro triathlete, Lauren Goss, and 2017 St. Anthony’s Triathlon winner offers a tip for anyone racing this year’s triathlon, advising, “Triathlon is not about big epic workouts. It is about doing the work every day consistently and being intentional. Racing is for race day.”