Cameron Dye and Sarah Haskins took top honours as the respective winners of the male and female divisions during Sunday’s 33rd Annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon. Their first-place finishes mark the second consecutive win for Dye and the sixth career win for Haskins.
Dye, 31, of Boulder, CO, clocked a time of 1:46:46, 39 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Ivan Tutukin, 29, of Russia, who came in at 1:47:25. Rodolphe Von Berg, 22, also from Boulder, CO, completed the Olympic distance course in third place with a time of 1:48:14.
“The run was as nice as it’s ever been. No one was behind me on the turn so I knew I had it because before, when I’ve been caught, it was halfway on the run,” said Dye who has competed here nine times and finished first at St. Anthony’s a total of three times. “The water was the flattest everand there was not a single bump all the way. This race is fantastic. Other than Boulder, it feels like I have home field advantage here,” Dye said.
Haskins, 35, of Clermont crossed the finish line with a time of 1:58:31, 23 seconds ahead of second-place finisher Alicia Kaye, 32, also from Clermont, who followed at 1:58:54. Lauren Goss, 28, from Mount Pleasant, SC, earned a spot on the podium finishing third with a time of 2:02:11.
“I was leading most of the way on the bike, minus the last half mile. That was when Alicia passed me and it turned into a footrace for the first half of the run. I figured I could out sprint the others so I backed off a bit until the last 400 meters, sprinted and that was that,” Haskins said.
The professional field included past winners, Olympians and accomplished athletes who came from around the world and throughout the Tampa Bay area to race. The triathlon course incorporated a variety of distances from the sport including Ironman and 70.3 racing, to the non-drafting Olympics distance and the ITU.
St. Anthony’s Triathlon’s scenic course winds along the waterfront of downtown St. Petersburg and encompasses the following distances: 1.5K (0.9 miles) swim, 40K (24.8 miles) bike and 10K (6.2 miles) run.
Winning the Third Annual St. Anthony’s Sprint Triathlon men’s division was John Reback, 46, North Palm Beach with at time of 1:00:20. Coming in second was Anthony Aseere, 40, of Clermont, at 1:03:34, followed by Jeff Hoffman, 37 from Tampa, who finished at 1:04:20.
In the women’s Sprint race, Celia Dubey, 44, of Tarpon Springs, won with a time of 1:07:41. She came in ahead of Yelena Maloney, 36, of Tampa, who had a time of 1:09:36 and Rebecca Martz, 22, of Berkeley Springs, WV, who finished third at 1:09:41.
The sprint race followed the same course as the Olympic distance event but with shorter distances – a 750-meter swim, 20K bike and 5K run. It featured hundreds/thousands of athletes of all ages and all abilities.
For more information about the 2016 races, athletes and fans can also visit the St. Anthony’s Triathlon Facebook page. Registration for the 2017 races will begin Dec. 1, 2016 – worth considering for any UK triathlon fans who fancy competing in Florida.
St. Anthony’s Hospital is a 393-bed hospital founded in 1931 as a ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Allegany. Celebrating its 85th year in 2016, St. Anthony’s continues its rich history dedicated to improving the health of the community by providing high-quality, innovative and compassionate care.
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