Southside Riverfront Park, Pittsburgh, PA
September 3, 2016
Can you describe the different races and courses?
10k distance race for any paddlecraft. This race launches from Southside riverfront park, and will be a water start at the Birmingham Bridge. Racers will then race down the Mon to the Point, then turn up the Allegheny River to the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Racers will turn around at the Clemente Bridge outside on PNC park and race back to the start line.
There will also be 200 meter sprints, and a team relay all launched from Southside River front park. The sprints will be ongoing throughout the day and racers will have an opportunity to hangout, grab a bit after the 10k, then race the clock when they feel up to it!
What kind of paddling settings and conditions will racers face?
Flat water, some current and chop.
What makes your event great? What will paddlers love about coming to your event?
It’s a celebration of all paddle sports in a beautiful urban setting. While there is racing, this event is more about chilling with likeminded people, and enjoying time on the water.
Will there be any clinics and what are the details?
There will be lessons for beginners, and demos for racers.
Where can people get paddle gear like PFDs and Hydration packs?
We will have sone PFDs at the event, but Stand Up Pittsburgh is our local SUP outfitter. Ty Musser runs the shop and is very helpful.
Are there paddleboard rentals available and if yes, where? Contact info?
Contact SUP3Rivers and ask for Matt or Connie.
Where can people buy groceries?
Giant Eagle in Southside is very close to the race venue.
Where can people stay? Do you have a hotel you can recommend and contact info?
Any hotel or Airbnb in Southside works will be walking distance from the festival site.
What great local restaurants can you recommend?
Carmella’s plates and pints for unique and excellent pub food and drinks. Benny Fieros for Pizza. Smoke for amazing tacos (warning occasional long wait) Max’s Allegheny Tavern for authentic German food, Bakersfield downtown for great Mexican food.
Where is the best coffee in town?
Delaney’s in Southside.
Does your event benefit a charity and if so, can you tell us about them?
Pittsburgh Friends of the Riverfront http://friendsoftheriverfront.org