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Saint Anthony’s Triathalon, Sonya's Win

Age is just a number and Sonya Gilkey proved it when she came to Tampa Bay and showed out. After a month of preparation Sonya, wife of former USF professor Glenn Gilkey arrived in Tampa Bay ready to compete in the 39th Annual St. Anthony’s Triathlon.

This race is the first major race that kicks off the Triathlon Season in North America so it’s a pretty big deal. A Triathlon consist of biking swimming and running.

For the St. Anthony’s, you swim in the cool brisk waters of Tampa Bay, then bicycle along the waterways and byways and lastly, run through culturally enriched neighborhoods past cheering spectators.

Racers from all over the world come to St. Petersburg Fl. annually to compete in this inspiring turn of events for a prize purse. Only 4,000 runners can participate along with 150 relay teams.

Sonya’s preparation was long and arduous. Everyday she challenged herself to be faster, stronger and more focused. To participate and finish all that at the tender age of 63 to me is heroic. Sonya came in 2nd place in the Meek and Mighty Category with women 60 to 64 years of age.

The Gilkey’s live in the Atlanta suburbs but come to Tampa Bay often to visit old colleagues and their son who now is employed by USF too..

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