Race Day Logistics

Race day requires athletes, spectators, volunteers and event staff to adhere to a variety of special timelines, access points and security processes.


Parking is available at any available downtown parking lots and garages. Surface lots are available at Station Square and the lots on the North Shore near Heinz Field and PNC Park.


Transition Area

The transition area is located at Point State Park and will be available for athletes to drop off their triathlon gear the morning of their race. No overnight storage of bikes will be allowed.

Transition Area Times
• Saturday, August 13: 5:00 AM – 6:20 AM
• Sunday, August 14: 5:30 AM – 6:40 AM



The Swim Course
The swim portion of the event takes place in the Allegheny River.

Olympic Distance: The Olympic swim will start on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center and exit to the transition area at Point State Park.

Sprint Distance: The Sprint swim will start on the North Shore section of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail near PNC Park and exit to the transition area at Point State Park


Wave Start Schedule

Wave Schedule – Olympic Distance Triathlon
6:30 AM  – Males 39 and Under  – Green
6:36 AM – Males 40 and Over; Relay  – Blue
6:42 AM – Females 39 and Under; Females 40 and Over  – Purple

Wave Schedule – Adventure Race
7:15 AM – Mass Start

Wave Schedule – Sprint Triathlon
7:00 AM – Male 29 and Under – Green
7:06 AM – Male 30-39 – Blue
7:12 AM – Male 40 and Over – White
7:18 AM – Female 29 and Under – Purple
7:24 AM – Female 30-39 – Silver
7:30 AM – Female 40 and Over; Relay – Gold

Swim Instructions

  • All athletes will be grouped with their assigned age group or division
  • Per USAT standards, age groups are determined by your age at the end of the calendar year. For example, if you turn 30 in 2016, even after August 14, you will still compete in the 30-34 age group.
  • Timing mats will be located at the swim check-in and at swim exit.
  • All athletes will receive a timing chip. Swim time begins with your wave start, and ends when you cross the exit mat (begins T1 time).

Swim Course Tips
If you’re struggling in the swim, raise and wave your arm to get the attention of one of our many swim support teams on kayaks, paddleboards and boats. If you need to grab onto a kayak for a second you may do so without being disqualified, but you can’t make progress.

Wet Suits
Each age group participant shall be permitted to wear a wetsuit without penalty in any event sanctioned by USA Triathlon up to and including a water temperature of 78 degrees Fahrenheit. When the water temperature is greater than 78 degrees but less than 84 degrees Fahrenheit, age group participants may wear a wetsuit at their own discretion, provided, however that participants who wears a wetsuit within such temperature range shall not be eligible for prizes or awards. Above 84 degrees, wetsuits are prohibited.

Water temp will be taken the morning of the race. Race director has the right to not allow wetsuits if the temperature is above 78 degrees.


The Kayak Course
The kayak portion of the event takes place in the Allegheny River and will start near the Ft. Duquesne Bridge. Kayaks will enter and exit the water on the Allegheny Wharf portion of Point State Park.


Kayak Tips

  • Outside assistance by your own friends, family, etc. is allowed to assist the transportation of your kayak to and from the race start. Your assistant(s) may help you transport your kayak to race start, river exit, and back to designated area near transition area.
  • Kayaks may be dropped off on Friday, August 12 from 6:00 – 8:00 PM and stored overnight on the Allegheny Wharf or race morning, Saturday, August 13 starting at 5:00 AM. We do not recommend storing your PFDs or oars overnight with your kayak.
  • Arrive at the race venue at corner of Commonwealth Place and Liberty Avenue/Penn Avenue, stay with your vehicle at all times, and drop off your kayak at designated area near transition area coordinated by race staff/volunteers. This will be a temporary holding area while you park your vehicle.
  • After parking your vehicle, bring your bike and other gear to venue and pick up your packet and timing chip.
  • Volunteers will attach your assigned bib number to the bow of your boat. It is suggested you label your oars with your name. We can transport your kayak to the kayak starting area but we will not do so for any Epic or similar expensive/racing brand kayaks. Athletes with these kayaks should plan to take full responsibility for them unless assistance is specifically requested.
  • Get yourself ready for your race and then report to your starting area where your kayak will be waiting for you.
  • Event staff can assist with transporting kayaks back to the entrance to Point State Park after the kayak portion of the event is completed. Again, we will not transport any Epic or similar expensive/racing brand kayaks unless assistance is specifically requested.
  • The kayak entry/exit area – we will utilize floating docks courtesy of the TRRA that are about 6-8’’ above surface of water. These docks will be tied to the bulkhead of the start/finish of the Adventure Race. We will utilize an in-water start and when you finish, paddle up to docks in a parallel format, ensure a volunteer or assistant(s) is there to hold your kayak, and exit your kayak and head towards transition area for your next segment of the race.
  • When exiting the dock area, please be aware that you’re crossing over the run course and may need to yield to other athletes on the course as you head to transition.

Kayak Rentals
Each individual must furnish their own kayaks or make their own arrangements for kayak rentals. P3R and/or Friends of the Riverfront will not be responsible and will not provide kayak rentals. The race fee does not cover the cost of rentals

If you rented a kayak, it will be already be onsite and ready for your use. Please check in with the kayak rental company representative when you arrive at the Allegheny Wharf area.

Water Contact Policy
Friends of the Riverfront Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race River Contact Policy
A certain degree of risk always exists when people come into contact with an urban river, such as the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio Rivers, and all participants and volunteers of the Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race do so at their own risk.



Transitioning to the Bike
The barefoot run from Swim Exit is approximately 500 yards. Bring an extra bottle of water to rinse your feet in transition.

The Bike Course
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 two loops for the Olympic distance and one loop for the Sprint Distance.

Bike Support

  • Show up with your bike ready to race. This means pumped tires, lubed chain, bar-end plugs, gears and brakes adjusted, and seats and handlebars properly fitted and tight.
  • Mechanics will be available in transition and at the bike turnaround for basic support.
  • In case of a flat, pull off to the side of the road so you do not obstruct other cyclists.
  • There will be a sweep vehicle following the last athlete that can pick you up if you’ve had a mechanical issues and can’t continue.
  • Bike support is not guaranteed. Be prepared to fix your own flat. If you cannot continue, be prepared to wait for the sweep vehicle.


  • There are aid and fluid station at the turnaround point on the bike course.
  • Ride on the right side of your lane, as far right as possible.
  • Keep three bike lengths between you and the cyclist in front of you (drafting is illegal)
  • Pass on the left of the cyclist in front, never on the right
  • Complete your pass within 15 seconds
  • If passed, you must drop completely out of the zone, back at least 3 bikes lengths to the rear, before attempting to pass again

Bike Racks
Each bike rack location is numbered and you must rack your bike according to your race number. Your bike should be racked on the correct side as directed by each racks arrow sign.


The Run Course

Olympic Distance
The run course is an out and back along the beautiful Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Athletes will run along the city-side of the trail, cross the Clemente Bridge and continue along the North Shore side of the trail

Sprint Distance and Adventure Race
The run course is an out and back along the beautiful Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Athletes will run along the city-side of the trail.

The Finish Line
You did it! You’ve made it to the finish line in Point State Park and accomplished your goal.  Now it’s time to celebrate!


Medical support for Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race athletes will be provided by UPMC Sports Medicine and City of Pittsburgh EMS.

UPMC Sports Medicine will operate a medical tent at the finish line area along with medical aid stations along each leg of the race. It will be staffed with licensed doctors, nurses and medical personnel. The City of Pittsburgh EMS will have EMT/Paramedics on hand, as well as provide ambulances and roving motorcycle paramedics.

Medical Aid Stations

  • Swim finish along the Allegheny Wharf at Point State Park
  • Transition Area and Finish Line in Point State Park
  • Bike Course at the bike turnaround at the Perrysville Park and Ride
  • Run course along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail near Heinz Street and River Avenue

Should you experience any medical issues, please notify the nearest official or medical aid station who will dispatch the appropriate medical attention.

Please be sure to hydrate and dress for the expected weather. In the event that lightning occurs along the course, please seek shelter immediately under a permanent shelter.

Fluid Stations
Fluid Stations will be available before, during and after the event.

  • Pre-race water monsters will be located at Point State Park
  • Bike course: a fluid station will be available at the at the bike turnaround at the Perrysville Park and Ride
  • Run (10k) course along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail near the intersection of Heinz Street and River Avenue
  • Run (5k) course along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail city-side just below the Clemente Bridge.

Restroom Facilities
Portable toilets will be available in Point State Park, near the swim start, bike turnaround, and each fluid station.


Post-Race Food and Results
Water and Gatorade, bananas and Eat n’ Park Smiley cookies will great you as you finish the race. Don’t forget to check your results on the large screen TV in the merchandise tent while you get your finishers gear. Athletes may also use their smart phones to check results by scanning the QR code on their race bibs.