Friends of the Riverfront to meet with stakeholders about developing new adventure race

Event to replace the 2018 Pittsburgh Triathlon

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – April 6, 2018 – Friends of the Riverfront, a pioneering non-profit organization working to build safe, clean and accessible riverfront trails as part of the Three River Heritage Trail system, announced today that the 2018 Pittsburgh Triathlon and Adventure Race presented by First National Bank will be canceled and replaced with a new adventure race. The new event will be developed over the next several months in collaboration with key stakeholders.

The Pittsburgh Triathlon was created by Friends of the Riverfront in 1988 as a fundraising event that showcases recreational use of the rivers and trails. The event 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.

“We think it’s time that we reimagine and refresh the event to create something that will excite all our participants,” said Valerie Beichner,  Executive Director of Friends of the Riverfront. “We’re thrilled to work with our community to develop the next chapter of this great event.”

Friends of the Riverfront will be hosting stakeholder working sessions later this spring to determine what the future event will look like. Information about these events will be announced in the coming weeks.

All proceeds from the event will benefit Friends of the Riverfront and its ongoing stewardship activities for the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and Three Rivers Water Trail.


About Friends of the Riverfront

Friends of the Riverfront’s mission is to build safe, clean and accessible riverfront trails as part of the Three Rivers Heritage Trail system to create and maintain an outstanding experience for trail users while providing economic, environmental, and health benefits to the Pittsburgh region. Since its inception in 1991, Friends of the Riverfront has been a pioneering organization working to protect and restore the Pittsburgh region’s rivers and riverfronts after decades of legacy pollution. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail now encompasses over 25 miles of urban riverfront trails along both banks of the mighty Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio rivers. Through broad and diverse collaborations, we continue the work of providing environmental restoration, economic vitality, and public health benefits to the Pittsburgh region through the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. For more information, please visit
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