New course enhances both athlete and spectator experience; more than 800 expected for the event, scheduled for Aug. 13-14
PITTSBURGH – P3R unveiled new course routes for the 2016 Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race presented by First National Bank. The new routes focus on enhancing the athlete experience and creating more fun and accessible ways for spectators to be engaged on race day. More than 800 triathletes are expected for the Aug. 13-14 event, which will benefit Friends of the Riverfront and its work in building and maintaining the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.
Race organizers have also added a spectator VIP zone package for $40 that includes exclusive access to tented VIP areas at the start and finish, breakfast and lunch, and commemorative 2016 Pittsburgh Triathlon t-shirt ($25 value). Click here to view additional details.
“We wanted to create a memorable experience for all Pittsburgh Triathlon participants and spectators this year,” said Patrice Matamoros, P3R CEO. “The 2016 course showcases Pittsburgh’s rivers, bridges and trails and includes some of the most scenic spots in Pittsburgh, including Point State Park and the North Shore Riverfront Park.”
The race, which is being produced by P3R for the first time this year, includes the USA Triathlon-sanctioned bike/run/swim event as well as the Adventure Race, a bike/run/paddle in either a kayak or canoe. A Triathlon Sprint—half the distances of full-length Olympic-distance triathlon competition—is also available to participants.
The swim portion of the event takes place in the Allegheny River, where participants will swim and exit to the transition area at Point State Park. The Sprint swim will start on the North Shore near PNC Park, and the Olympic swim will start on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
The bike route takes participants across the Roberto Clemente Bridge and past PNC Park to the HOV lane to the turnaround area at the Perrysville Park-n-Ride. Cyclists will ride one loop for the sprint and adventure courses and two loops for the Olympic distance.
The run course is along the beautiful Three Rivers Heritage Trail, a pedestrian trail and greenway system in the Pittsburgh area that covers 37 miles along both sides of the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio Rivers. Participants will finish the race in Point State Park. Click here to view 2016 maps.
For more information or to register, visit: www.PittsburghTriathlon.org.
About Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race
The Pittsburgh Triathlon was created by Friends of the Riverfront in 1998 as a fundraising event that showcases recreational use of the rivers and trails. The Pittsburgh Triathlon, which is produced by P3R, includes the USA Triathlon-sanctioned bike/run/swim event as well as the Adventure Race, a bike/run/paddle in either a kayak or canoe. A Triathlon Sprint—half the distances of full-length Olympic-distance triathlon competition—also is available to participants. The swim portion of the Triathlon is held in the Allegheny River, assuming conditions of the Friends of the Riverfront River Contact policy are met. The Pittsburgh Triathlon has achieved Green Certification by Athletes for a Fit Planet each year since 2010. To register or for more information on the Pittsburgh Triathlon, visit: http://www.PittsburghTriathlon.org.
Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) is a non-profit organization which promotes the love of long-distance running and enhances community involvement in fitness activities through high quality events open to a wide variety of ages and ability levels. Our events will consistently serve the needs of our participants and our sponsors; will engage and reward our volunteers; will enhance the economic well-being of the Pittsburgh region; will partner with public and private entities to create the best possible event experience and partner with appropriate charitable organizations to give back to the community. See more at: www.pittsburghmarathon.com/about-us