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There is always a special kind of excitement in the weeks leading up to the race. Our city’s streets are turned into a 1.8 mile racetrack along the waterfront. The track has 14 turns and goes past the Dali Museum, Mahaffey Theatre, around Pioneer Park, along the waterfront past the St Petersburg Harbor & Marina and onto the runways of Albert Whitted Airport. The races include Verizon IndyCar Series, Pirelli World Challenge, Speed Energy Stadium Super Trucks, Indy Lights & Pro Mazda. It has been fun to walk down the middle of the downtown city streets with partial track walls closing in on both streets. I have lived here for 11 years now & I still find all of this so cool.

People come from all over the world to see this race. Some watch from the track stands, others watch from their boats, and some watch from their condos balconies. Of course, it will also be shown on national TV. I will go into the grounds on Friday where one can see the cars up close & sometimes even meet the drivers before or after their practice & qualifying runs.  On Sunday, I will be on the top floor of my parents’ condo building watching with great glee as the race speeds past the building on 2 sides with 2 hairpin turns. Yes, it IS noisy but oh, so awesome!

You can purchase tickets & get more info at  http://gpstpete.com/  in advance or at the gate.

 

The 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship is being held tonight in Tampa. It looks like a repeat of last year’s game the Alabama Crimson Tide and Clemson Tigers.

Time: Monday, January 9th at 8 p.m. ET

Where: Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Florida

Thousands of fans started arriving last week. According to the news last week 15 of the top hotels in the Tampa Bay area-including St Petersburg & Clearwater Beach-were completely sold out with many other area hotels filled too. The fans aren’t just college kids. Alum of all ages have been arriving from all over the country too. Raymond James Stadium is expecting more than 50, 000 people to attend the game tonight.

The festivities started on Friday with Fan Day where you had the chance to meet the players & coaches. Saturday was the beach competition with football and special appearances by both championship team bands and cheerleaders.

 

Yesterday there was a concert with Jay Pharoah introducing the bands-Jamie N Commons, Gavin DeGraw & Usher. Nice line up.

 

 

Art, music, sports, museums & beaches… there’s so much to do! What are you up to this weekend? Gorgeous sunny day-get out there & enjoy it!!

Arts Alive: Free Museum Day in the Burg
St Petersburg celebrates the arts. Visit 9 museums for free between 10 & 3 today. Participating museums include:
Creative Clay, 1114 Central Avenue
Dr. Carter G Woodson Museum, 2240 9th Avenue South
Florida CraftArt, 501 Central Avenue
Florida Holocaust Museum, 55 5th Street South
Morean Arts Center, 719 Central Avenue
Morean Arts Center for Clay, 420 22nd Street South
Museum of Fine Arts, 255 Beach Drive Northeast
St. Pete Museum of History, 335 2nd Avenue Northeast
The Dali (Pinellas Country residents only), 1 Dali Boulevard

For more information:http://events.stpete.org/events/1894  Park in downtown garages and ride the St. Petersburg Trolley Downtown Looper or Central Ave. Trolley routes to most locations. www.stpetetrolley.com

Central Avenue Solstice – Eight Mile Long Street Festival
The 2nd Annual Central Avenue Solstice is an all-day free celebration along Central Avenue featuring arts, music and more. The event begins on the far east end of Central Avenue and moves west to the Gulf of Mexico as the sun sets. The solstice festival starts in South Straub Park and ends in the West Central Village Sunset park for a free screening of the film Big, presented by St. Petersburg Preservation. The yoga session in South Straub Park from 7-9am. After, restaurants along Central Avenue will feature $5 Sunny Side Up Breakfast specials from 8-11am, and $7 High Noon Lunch specials from 12-2pm, loads of art, four stages of live music, more food, and more drink, along the entire route of Central Avenue. For more information: www.centralavenuesolstice.com

TBBCA Chalk Walk Festival
A celebration of Live Art as 10 talented, commissioned chalk artists bring amazing drawings to life. TBBCA Chalk Walk is a free, family-friendly, accessible community event enjoyed by people of all ages and levels of art appreciation.Presented in partnership with the Tampa Bay Businesses for Culture and the Arts and the St. Petersburg Arts Alliance. Runs from 10am-5pm. South Straub Park, 250 Beach Drive Northeast.

Keep St. Pete Lit Presents: City-Wide Read and Write In at South Straub Park
Keep Saint Petersburg Local, Keep St. Pete Lit, and Saint Petersburg Public Library System present a program of the Read Local St. Pete Initiative with a City-Wide Read and Write-In at South Straub Park. Bring your picnic blankets, favorite books, or notepads. Relax in the grass and allow your imagination to bask in the sunshine and fresh air. They will have a special area for writers with writing prompts to get your imaginations brewing. Runs from noon-5pm. South Straub Park, 250 Bayshore Drive Southeast.

Tampa Bay Rays vs. Boston Red

September 24 – 6:10 pm

September 25 – 1:10 pm

Tropicana Field, One Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg, FL  www.raysbaseball.com

The Many Faces of Casa Masquerade Benefit

September 24 – The Many Faces of Casa Masquerade

St. Petersburg Yacht Club, 11 Central Ave., St. Petersburg, FL starts at 6:30 pm
A fundraiser benefiting CASA in memory of Stacey J. Plummer, who lost her life to domestic violence on September 24, 2006.
Tickets or sponsorships available. Individual tickets $150 pp, $300 per couple. Ticket includes gourmet dinner, entertainment, one drink ticket per person, free valet parking. www.casa-stpete.org/events
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Bourbon, Beer and Bluegrass at The Vinoy (Friday and Saturday)
The Vinoy Renaissance Resort & Golf Club, in partnership with Bluegrass bands Wood & Wire, Highway 41 South and Town Mountain present a special “Beer, Bourbon and Bluegrass” event. This special concert series takes place on the weekends of September 23-24, September 30-October 1,October 7-8. This weekend, Wood & Wire will perform live from 6pm to midnight both Friday andSaturday. the dinner and concert series includes five dining stations, a full bar and bourbon and beer flights/tastings. Tickets are $64 each. The Vinoy, 501 5th Avenue Northeast.

The Pinellas Realtors Organization is proud to volunteer for the St. Anthony’s Triathlon held here in St. Petersburg this weekend. We will be at Table #15,  to the immediate left as you enter the Fitness Expo on the Beach Drive side. See the maps & schedule below.

National Association of Realtors’ current national ad campaign is “Get Realtor,” and that only a Realtor® has the professional education and savvy to guide them as smoothly as possible through the difficult & always changing process of purchasing a home.  A Realtor® knows the property and its surroundings,  knows which legal forms must be used and understands the local market. We are also proud to see the Realtor “R” in several key places at the race site, including light pole banners along the streets Downtown, the finish line, transition area and more. The logo is also on every athlete t-shirt, bib (race number) and finisher’s medal!

We will be selling TriTats at our tent. They are temporary tattoos the athletes can put on their arms to “body mark” themselves instead of having to get someone to write them on in sharpie. The athletes love them and they look really professional.

I will be at the Fitness Expo on Friday from 12-3pm. and I working in my office with a view of the activities on Beach Drive NE on Saturday 10-1pm. I love all the great events that go on in downtown St. Pete throughout the year.

Please come on out to support these amazing athletics. The weather should be great.

ST. ANTHONY’S TRIATHLON
Swim 1.5K · Bike 40K · Run 10K
Sunday, April 24, 2016

As the first major race on the U.S. calendar, St. Anthony’s Triathlon has kicked off the triathlon season in North America for the past 33 years. On race day the athletics swim through Tampa Bay, bike along waterways and run through beautiful neighborhoods in St Petersburg, Florida and past cheering spectators. Amateurs as well as some of the world’s top professional triathletes,  limited to 4,000 individuals and 150 relay teams, compete for a prize purse. The event culminates with a festive waterfront awards party featuring live music, great food and cold beer on Sunday.

Over the years, St. Anthony’s Triathlon has been named “Race of the Year” by USA Triathlon and has served as a qualifier for the Ironman Triathlon World Championship. Athletes from 44 states, six U.S. territories and 17 countries have participated in recent years.

****Please remember that select streets will temporarily close to accommodate thousands of athletes racing on foot and on bikes while competing in the Triathlon on Sunday, April 24.

St Anthonys Triathlon Course Map Fin 2016               Sa Triathlon Expo Map 2013 Draft 03 041513

Event Schedule

Last Updated April 2016

Friday, April 22, 2016

St. Anthony’s Triathlon (Straub Park)

12-6pm – Athlete Check-in

12-6pm – Sports & Fitness Expo

3pm – Meek & Mighty Youth Specific Triathlon Clinic – Presented by USAT Youth Junior Certified Coaches

4:30pm – Beginner Triathlon Clinic – Presented by USAT Level 3 Elite Coach Jennifer Hutchison

6pm – Open Water Swim Clinic – Presented by Leo Briceno, Triathlon Swim Coach (Behind North Shore Pool)

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Meek & Mighty Triathlon (North Shore Pool)

6:30am – Athlete Check-in (North Shore Pool)

6:30am – Transition Area Open & Body Marking

7:30am – Start (Adults ages 16+)

8:15am* – Start (Youth ages 11–15)

9am* – Start (Youth ages 7–10)

10am – Awards Party (Vinoy Park)

*Time Trial Start so start times may be sooner than above time.

St. Anthony’s Triathlon (Straub Park)

10am-6pm – Sports & Fitness Expo

11pm – Trigger Point Clinic targeting their Ultimate 6 program, presented by Nicole Brownell (Feet First Expo Tent)

12pm – Open Water Swim Clinic – Presented by Leo Briceno, Triathlon Swim Coach (Behind North Shore Pool)

12-5pm – Athlete Check-in

12-6pm – Mandatory Bike Check-in (Vinoy Park)

1pm – Mandatory Pro Meeting (Vinoy Park Post Race Tent)

2pm – Novice/Beginner Clinic – Hosted by Jennifer Hutchison, USA Triathlon Level 3 Coach and Guest Coaches

3:30pm – Women’s Specific Tri Clinic:  “Tips for a Fast and Fabulous Race Day”, Hosted by Jennifer Hutchison, USA Triathlon Level 3 Elite Coach and Guest Coaches

6pm – Open Water Swim Clinic – Presented by Leo Briceno, Triathlon Swim Coach (Behind North Shore Pool)

Sunday, April 24, 2016

4:45–6:45am – Transition Area Open & Body Marking

6:50am – Start (North Shore Beach)

8:35am – Approximate time of First Swim Wave for Sprint

8:40am – First Finisher Expected

9:30am – Post-Race Party Begins

11:30am – Professional/Open Age Group Awards Presentation

12:00pm – Age Group Awards Presentation

1pm – Course Closes

Congratulations to all of Le Tour de France riders!! It’s been a very long rough 3 weeks. What an accomplishment.

IN PARIS today– 29-year-old Sicilian Vincenzo Nibali won the Tour de France today,  becoming the first Italian in 16 years to win cycling’s greatest race. He not only won the tour but also 4 stages during the tour. Nibali is only the sixth rider to win all three Grand Tours – France, Italy and Spain.  Second place Christophe Peraud and third place Thibaut Pinot became the first Frenchmen to reach the Tour podium since 1997. All together 3 Frenchmen were in the top 10 finishers.

Tejay van Garderen, the highest-placed rider from the USA,  finished fifth overall.

Photo: MAILLOTS DE LEADER - TOUR DE FRANCE 2014 

Maillot Jaune : Vincenzo Nibali
Maillot Vert : Peter Sagan
Maillot à Pois : Rafał Majka
Maillot Blanc : Thibaut Pinot

#TDF - www.letour.fr

MAILLOTS DE LEADER – TOUR DE FRANCE 2014

Maillot Jaune : Vincenzo Nibali
Maillot Vert : Peter Sagan
Maillot à Pois : Rafał Majka
Maillot Blanc : Thibaut Pinot

#TDF – http://www.letour.fr

SHIRTS LEADER – TOUR DE FRANCE 2014 Jersey yellow: Vincenzo Nibali green Jersey: Peter Sagan Maillot à Pois: Rafał Majka Maillot Blanc: Thibaut Pinot #TDF – http://www.letour.fr

 

Annalisa Weller, Realtor®, Certified International Property Specialist

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