The YMCA Adventure Warrior Race gives kids and adults a chance to prove themselves against ropes courses, mud, water obstacles, and other unexpected mental and physical challenges—all while supporting a good cause. Amid the breathtaking views and tranquil waters of Lake Tris, runners maneuver around trees and carry heavy objects up the sometimes snow-covered Laurel Highlands mountains, climbing up to 1,000 feet as they go. Warriors aged 16 and older make a 4-mile circuit, whereas younger participants run age-appropriate distances of a half mile or a full mile. Trophies and the respect of all the woodland creatures are awarded to the top male and female runners, top male and female teams, and top co-ed team. According to the Daily American, funds raised from the race provide camp scholarships that allow kids to attend residential and day programs at the 263-acre YMCA Camp T. Frank Soles.
Since 1996, the young professionals of the Pittsburgh Urban Magnet Project (PUMP) have inspired change in their community while bonding with their peers at lively events such as the autumnal-themed PUMPtoberfest. Admission to this year’s soiree includes all the Yuengling oktoberfest, Warsteiner oktoberfest, Spaten oktoberfest, Penn weizen, and Church Pious Monk beer guests can fit into a regulation-size rain boot. The festival also features scrumptious samples from Penn Brewery’s menu, such as bratwurst, sauerkraut, and soft pretzels, set against a backdrop of live entertainment from oberkrainer style band Gaudi Baum.
Paddling down the Allegheny, Monongahela, and Ohio Rivers, the expert instructors at SUP3Rivers prove that stand up paddleboarding isn't just a tropical sport. During easy-to-learn introductory sessions, they set clients up with all of the equipment they need to succeed. After equipping a properly sized paddle, flotation device, leash, and board, clients undergo instruction, learning how to get up on the water, where to stand, and how to handle the paddle. After mastering the basics, clients can set off on unique urban journeys that highlight the region's most picturesque bridges and architectural landmarks.
Since 1984, Three Rivers Rowing Association has become one of the largest community-based rowing and paddling clubs in the country, converting neophytes into boating lovers and helping experts hone their form. With the use of two boathouses located on the Allegheny River, the club is home to crews from three local colleges and nine high schools and was named the 2002, 2010, and 2013 Club of the Year from USRowing. In addition to winter and summer rowing leagues, the club runs amateur dragon-boating leagues and sponsors the Pittsburgh Paddlefish, a dragon-boating team that competes at the international level.
Browse Golden Triangle’s bikes and rates to find the proper urban steed for slick city cycling. Ride upright in comfort on a hybrid bike built to ride most trails ($8/hour, $30/day) or upgrade to a hardtail Kona Mountain Bike to take on the wheel’s natural enemy, steeply sloped curbs ($10/hour, $40/day). Nothing says I love you and I trust you like riding a tandem bike for two ($12/hour, $40/day), except for riding a four-wheeled surrey equipped to seat up to three adults and two children, or a pair of figure skaters and one fourth of a barbershop quartet ($20/hour, $50/day).
By encouraging everyone to participate in outdoor recreational activities, Venture Outdoors promotes Pittsburgh’s unique natural amenities, highlights the region’s excellent quality of life, fosters a greater appreciation for the environment, inspires an active lifestyle and creates a shared sense of community.