A trail run series will be held this summer as a fundraiser for Friends of the Riverfront
PITTSBURGH – P3R and Friends of the Riverfront announced today that the 2017 Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race presented by First National Bank will be postponed due to road construction on the HOV lanes. The event, which was scheduled for Aug. 12-13, is anticipated to return when the HOV lane construction is complete.
After careful consideration, months of planning and evaluating alternatives, Friends of the Riverfront and P3R determined that the costs of shutting down city roads for the two day event, a necessary requirement to substitute for the closed HOV lanes, would be financially prohibitive for both non-profit organizations.
“The Triathlon symbolizes strength and persistence, and it is precisely those attributes that pushed our communities to take back our beautiful rivers and create a trail system that is the envy of many cities,” said Stacey Vernallis, President of the Board of Directors for Friends of the Riverfront. “While the Triathlon must be put on hiatus, Friends of the Riverfront continues its mission of providing our friends, families and neighbors safe, beautiful trails and river access. We need your support now more than ever. Do the ‘burg thing. Give generously. Check out our website http://www.FriendsoftheRiverfront.org and give.”
Anyone currently registered for the 2017 Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race will receive a full refund within 10 days. Athletes who want to support the Three Rivers Heritage Trail system are invited to attend a trail run later this summer that will benefit Friends of the Riverfront. Additional details will be announced at a later date.
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 event has featured a swim and kayak portion in the Allegheny River, a bike course on the HOV lanes and a final run course on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.
P3R, the event management company of the 2016 Pittsburgh Triathlon, will be hosting a trail run for Friends of the Riverfront in an effort to generate the funding necessary for trail maintenance and development. For more information about the Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race, visit www.pittsburghtriathlon.org.
About Friends of the Riverfront
The mission of Friends of the Riverfront is to expand, connect and enhance the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and engage river communities in trail stewardship and economic growth. Learn more at www.FriendsoftheRiverfront.org.
About the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Learn more at: http://www.P3R.org
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Mark your calendars and get ready for an exciting endurance event coming in August! Challenge yourself in a new way this Summer and join us for the 2017 Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race presented by First National Bank.
The events will take place Saturday, August 12, 2017 and Sunday, August 13, 2017 at Point State Park.
Test your limits and take on our Olympic-distance Triathlon (1500m Swim, 40K Bike and 10K Run). Nothing is impossible!
If you’d prefer to do this with friends, there’s always the option to take on the elements and sign up for the Triathlon as a Relay team and split the fun!
The weekend will also feature a thrilling Adventure Race and Relay (2 mile paddle in either a kayak or canoe, 20K Bike, 5K Run) and a separate Sprint Distance Triathlon and Relay (600m Swim 20K Bike, 5K Run).
Rivers, Bridges, Trails and MORE!
The 2017 Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race is held at Point State Park, where Pittsburgh’s three rivers meet- the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio. Commonly known as the ‘Golden Triangle’, this location gives participants and supporters the most spectacular views of the city.
Having some doubts about being a Triathlete newbie? No need to worry! Six weeks is all it takes to prepare you for race day. In other words…you CAN do it!
Registration is officially OPEN so get in the game now and receive the best rates for the event. Stay motivated throughout Spring! There’s no better feeling than crossing the finish line and saying ‘I DID IT’!’
Proceeds from the event benefit the work of Friends of the Riverfront in building and maintaining the Three Rivers Heritage Trail
*The swim portion of the Triathlon is contingent on the conditions of the Friends of the Riverfront River Contact policy.
Scheduled for Aug. 12-13, 2017, the 20th edition will feature more than 1,000 triathletes
PITTSBURGH – Online registration for the 2017 Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race presented by First National Bank opened to the public today at PittsburghTriathlon.org.
The 20th edition of the race, scheduled for for Aug. 12-13, 2017, will start and finish in Pittsburgh’s historic Point State Park and will feature 1,000 triathletes. Proceeds from the event will benefit the work of Friends of the Riverfront in building and maintaining the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.
The weekend of events will include 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.
P3R, the nonprofit organizers of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and other running events, will once again produce the 2017 event.
To celebrate the opening of registration, early bird pricing is available until Jan. 17. Rates are $90 for the Olympic-distance, $80 for the Sprint-distance and $70 for the Adventure race. Participants in the 2017 event are encouraged to share their training journey using the #TriOnPGH hashtag on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram. For more information or to register, visit: 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: www.PittsburghTriathlon.org.
About the P3R
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy, and active! Read more at: www.P3R.org
What can the Ironman Raleigh 70.3 teach us about the Pittsburgh Triathlon?
It was smokin’ hot on June 4 when we arrived in Raleigh to immerse ourselves in all things Ironman and all things tri. Temps would top the 90 degree mark and we were ready to ‘get our tri on’.
As organizers of the Pittsburgh Marathon, our team is well versed in endurance event planning. Our event weekend includes a marathon, half marathon, marathon relay, 5K, kids 1-mile run, toddler trot and a pet walk – 40,000 participants in all. So organizing and operating the Pittsburgh Triathlon should be a piece of cake – right?
Well, maybe . . . maybe not
We definitely understand the logistics and operations of single sport event – like running a race but add two additional sports to the same race and everything changes.
The expo, though not as expansive as the Marathon’s, was more like a Triathlon 101 class than a place to pick up your race bib and shirt and shop. So what do the athletes need to do and know? Well, we were responsible for providing athletes with their swim caps which we marked with their race number, telling them what time their swim wave started, showing them the stickers with their race numbers to be placed on their bike helmet, bike and gear bag and to make sure they had their bib for the running portion. We then directed them to pick up their timing chip and shirts.
Next up, an informational meeting at the expo that all athletes were encourage to attend – and most did. Weather, transition areas, rules, regulations, penalties and even spectator locations were reviewed in detail. The presentation was offered each day of the expo and at different times to ensure everyone could attend. It was well worth the time to attend.
Now moving onto race day. The Ironman 70.3 swim start is reminiscent of the corrals at the Marathon start line with color-coded swim caps instead of bibs. The key take away for the swim was ease of water entry and exit and a lot of buoys tohelp visually guide the athletes. I mean, it’s stressful enough doing an open water swim, right?
Transition area 1 from the swim to bike or TI as it’s called in the tri world is indeed another crucial area of the triathlon which is markedly different than any aspect of the marathon . . . well, maybe the relay.
Flow in and out of this area is critical to a triathlete’s success and positive experience with the event. The bike racks were well placed leaving room for athletes to get in and out of their area quickly. Bike support team members were
available not only near the transition area but they roamed the course as well. Dealing with flat tires seems to be the most frequent issue and when you’re new to the triathlon or just focused on the race, it’s great to have an expert nearby to assist.
Transition from bike to run was less dramatic but they did have volunteers slathering suntan lotion on the athletes that had now been sweating in the sun for several hours. Umm – not sure if I could do that or not.
It’s universally understood that it’s the little things that count and it’s true with a tri too. Mats at the swim start and finish, clearly marked courses and transition area, and how about some ‘pump-you-up” music to keep everyone psyched. It is quite an accomplishment after all!
The trip to the Ironman 70.3 was well worth the time and effort for the P3R team members. The Ironman ops team was well organized and it was clear that they’d worked the Raleigh venue for several years. We learned a lot in our short 48 hour trip to Raleigh but surprisingly we saw many areas where we could add the P3R magic touch and make the Pittsburgh Triathlon unique and special.
Here’s to a new era of the Pittsburgh Triathlon. P3R got their Tri on in Raleigh. Now, it’s time to bring it back to Pittsburgh . . . . only better!