Expect delays on the beach this weekend (maybe)

The Morton Plant Mease Triathlon kicks off early Sunday morning. While most beachgoers might not hit the sand until later in the day, early birds can expect possible delays near Sand Key and Memorial Causeway between 7 and 10 a.m.

Here is a list of roads, bridges and places where there could be possible delays:

Sand Key Park

Sand Key Bridge

South Gulfview Boulevard

Hamden Drive

Coronado Drive

Memorial Causeway Bridge

Gulf Boulevard

Druid Road South

Druid Road West

Bay Avenue

Palm Avenue

The triathlon consists of a 1/3-mile open water swim at Sand Key Park, 1060 Gulf Blvd. A 13 mile bike ride through Clearwater Beach, over the Memorial Causeway and through Clearwater by way of Druid and Indian Rocks Roads, then over the Bellear Beach Causeway and north on Gulf Boulevard. The final leg is a 3.1 mile run through Sand Key Park.

Triathletes will compete for a $4,000 purse that will be distributed to the top five Elite/Open division male and female racers. The race is sanctioned by USA Triathlon.

Register online. Cost is $75 a person or $90 per relay team. Entry fees are non-refundable. Online registration closes Wednesday (July 8). Capacity is limited to 1000 entries.

Proceeds benefit the Morton Plant Mease Foundation which provides philanthropic support to the four Morton Plant Mease Health Care hospitals.

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