St. Anthony's Triathlon changes security measures - WFLA News Channel 8

St. Anthony's Triathlon changes security measures

Posted: Updated:
The course is being set up for this weekend's events in St. Petersburg The course is being set up for this weekend's events in St. Petersburg
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) -

The tents are up and the stage is being prepared for the St. Anthony's Triathlon in St. Petersburg.

This event brings in athletes from the pros to beginners. The course starts with a one-mile swim in the bay, then a 25-mile bike ride that winds through downtown, to Pinellas Point and back.  The last leg is a 6-mile run to Snell Isle, and finishes in Vinoy Park.

Race director Philip LaHaye says the Boston Marathon bombing caused his staff to tighten security for this weekend's events.

"Immediately following the Boston incident, [St. Petersburg Police] reached out to us and vice versa and we certainly had an open discussion about what we needed to do on our end to heighten security measures," said LaHaye.

One of the changes in security is that each athlete will be given a clear plastic bag to put their gear in, which will then be dropped off in the transition area the day before the race.  Athletes will get a second clear bag to bring in other items on race day.  Backpacks and other bags brought into the area will be checked by police.

"Most of the athletes have been receptive and under the current situation, post Boston, I think most appreciate that we are making an attempt to just try to heighten security," LaHaye said.

Another obvious change will be additional police presence above what they have had in the past.  LaHaye says it is important for the athletes to be patient with security so that they can be ready for the race.

"People don't like their race routine to be messed with, so anytime you insert something they're not used to it causes a bit of stress," said LaHaye.  "But I think all in all, athletes will realize once they stick a helmet and shoes into a clear plastic bag it's really not that big of a deal."

Check-in for the triathlon starts Friday morning.  The first start, for participants age 16 and older, is Saturday morning at 7:30 AM.

FOLLOW US ON TWITTER: @WFLATAMPA

 

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Pinellas homeowner ends up the loser after local government mistake on property taxes

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:59:58 GMT
    This Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in PinellasThis Preservation land is at heart of homeowner tax dispute in Pinellas
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
    Melanie and Jeffrey Cornwell should have been getting a tax break for years on part of the homestead property in Dunedin they call their "little piece of Heaven." But due to a mistake at the Pinellas Property Appraiser's Office, they won't see any rebates for previous taxes, just a break on future tax bills.
  • RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    RECALL: Fruit at Trader Joe's & Costco

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 5:45 PM EDT2014-07-22 21:45:14 GMT
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
    A Central California company has issued a voluntary nationwide recall of specific lots of its fresh peaches, plums, nectarines and pluots over concerns of possible listeria contamination.
  • How thieves clone your credit cards

    How thieves clone your credit cards

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:15 AM EDT2014-07-22 13:15:02 GMT
    File photoFile photo
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
    Patricia Stack didn't know her debit card number had been stolen until she tried to withdraw money from her bank account. "A couple weeks ago I tried to get money out to pay my power bill and there was nothing in it."
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.