Hundreds compete in St. Pete Meek and Mighty Triathlon

Meek and Mighty Triathlon

ST. PETERSBURG, FL (WFLA) – The description of the Meek and Mighty Triathlon includes the words, “novice adults” and “children.”

But watching participants bike, swim, and run early on a Saturday morning, is pretty impressive. More than 700 people hit the pavement and water for the St. Petersburg tradition. The youngest to take the course was just 6 years old, the oldest was 88. Mary Thomas, 81, was the oldest woman to race.

“I am in the race because my daughter had cancer and we all as a family, four girls and grandkids are in the race in her memory,” Thomas said. “She died in December 2013. I keep plugging along and train for this every year.”

Thomas, a fighter in her own right, loves to swim but isn’t too crazy about running.

“The bike is okay because you can’t do much but fall off of it,” Thomas said.

Kyah Morgan’s been racing since she was just five years old.

“I love triathlons I think it’s fun to get out there, do your best, and have a great time,” Morgan said. “It’s not about winning.”

She admits, like Thomas, she also doesn’t love the run but tries to get in a few laps around her block for practice. Philip LaHaye, with the St. Anthony’s Triathlon, acknowledges Morgan has the right mentality.

“This race is really just about inclusion and getting people more active,” LaHaye said.

The main event, the St. Anthony’s Triathlon, happens Sunday. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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