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Eckerd Senior Allie Sartori '13 Wins First in Division at St. Anthony's Triathlon

posted on 04/29/2013

Alexandra "Allie" Sartori '13, of Medford, Mass., won first place in the women's age 20-24 division at the St. Anthony's Triathlon on April 28. Allie completed an international-distance race (1.5K swim, 40K bike and 10K run), placing 63rd out of a field of 824 women and 274th out of 2,404 individual male and female athletes. Click here to view Allie's race results.

EC senior Allie Sartori '13

For the past two years, Allie has enjoyed working with a team by racing the biking leg of the St. Anthony's relay team division. As a graduating senior this year, she decided to take advantage of the opportunity to compete as an individual in her age group.

"Winning is all relative but it has made me realize how far I've come as an athlete and how far I still have to go," said Allie. "I look forward to placing myself in increasingly competitive pools of triathletes because that's what really motivates me to become a stronger racer."

She is complimentary of the unique atmosphere that St. Anthony's provides to its competitors. "The Triathlon attracts a competitive group of pros, elites, and age groupers but also has a paraplegic and novice division. This amounts to an all-around tremendous display of athleticism."

Allie has been competing in local road races for the past four years but has just recently taken up triathlons. "I owe a great deal of gratitude to Eric Hogenboom '13, who started the Eckerd College Triathlon Club in 2010. His enthusiasm for racing is contagious and he has endless knowledge of the sport."

Allie, who is majoring in marine science, hopes to spend her summer racing in a few half trail marathons. She looks toward completing her first Half Ironman this fall.

About the St. Anthony's Triathlon
The first event of the 2013 global 5150 Triathlon Series, St. Anthony's is an international-distance race offering athletes coveted points toward 5150 U.S. Championship qualification. It is the largest international distance triathlon series in the world and the first non-drafting international race series of its kind, offering a competitive platform for professional and age-group athletes. The professional field with more than 90 athletes featured Olympians and World Champions representing a variety of distances from the sport including Ironman and 70.3 racing, to the non-drafting Olympics distance and the ITU.

Known for its scenic course along the downtown St. Petersburg, Fla., waterfront, the 30th St. Anthony's Triathlon hosted a field of approximately 3,500 individuals and 125 relay teams from 44 states and 23 countries. The race weekend included an extensive event expo and the Meek & Mighty Triathlon, a shorter-distance race for youth ages 7-14 and novice adults. Athletes compete for the professional prize purse in addition to $10,000 in prizes for the top male and female competitors in the Elite Amateur division.

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