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2011 Press Releases
Morton Plant Mease Triathlon Calling For Volunteers

Sixth Annual Event to Benefit Pediatric Services

CLEARWATER, Fla., (June 2, 2011) - Approximately 1,000 participants are expected to compete in the Sixth Annual Morton Plant Mease Triathlon on Sunday, June 26, 2011. Triathlon event planners are recruiting a team of dedicated volunteers to assist these competitors as they swim, bike and run to the finish.

The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, presented by the Skip Cline Society, kicks off at 6:50 a.m. with a 1/3-mile open water swim in the Gulf of Mexico off Sand Key Park. From there, participants will bike 13 miles over the Sand Key, Belleair Causeway and Memorial Causeway Bridges and then a 3.1 mile run finishing in Sand Key Park.

Volunteers can be part of this exciting event by assisting in positions such as athlete check-in, body marking, water station, course marshal and finish line. Volunteers will receive a commemorative race T-shirt and access to the hospitality tent. "Volunteers are the lifeblood of our organization and we could not present such a big event without the hard work and dedication of volunteers," said Bryan Stanley, Morton Plant Mease Triathlon chairman.

Volunteers can sign up for a volunteer position by June 20, 2011. Athletes wanting to participate can also visit the website for online race registration. Registration fees are $80 for individuals and $100 for relay teams. The race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon. Proceeds from the Morton Plant Mease Triathlon benefit pediatric services at the hospitals of Morton Plant Mease.  

For more information on the Morton Plant Mease Triathlon, please call (727) 953-9198. 

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


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