Three Rivers Heritage Trail

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This weekend marks 18 years for the Pittsburgh Triathlon, but this year, it’s a bit different.

The event will move from its North Shore location of years past to Point State Park.

Friends of the Riverfront holds the triathlon every year as part of its mission to highlight Pittsburgh’s rejuvenated riverfronts, said executive director Thomas Baxter.

Saturday is the national opening day for trails, and even though the Three Rivers Heritage Trail stays open year round, the Friends of the Riverfront will be out planting trees to get the trail ready for heavy traffic.

The opening day also corresponds with the release of a survey conducted by the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy to evaluate users and economic impact. It found that the Three Rivers Trail has one of the greatest numbers of yearly visits and has among the highest economic impact of the trails surveyed by Rails-to-Trails. The group, which advocates for turning old train rails into trails, has done about 14 economic impact and user surveys, mostly in Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

Essential Pittsburgh

Joyce Brabner and Mark Zingarelli produced a book last year that puts the history of AIDS into a vastly new perspective. With comic-book-style graphics and vivid, larger-than-life characters, Second Avenue Caper describes the beginning of the AIDS epidemic in America with the kind of humor and imagination that is seldom associated with such a poignant topic. 

Brabner talks about the heroes in this story in the fight against AIDS :

"The real heroes are my friends who made space in their crowded NY apartment for people who didn’t have the strength to walk up five flights of stairs. My friends who fed, cared, clothed everybody." -- Joyce Brabner

Also in this hour, AIDS researcher Dr. Charles Rinaldo and Alan Jones of the Pittsburgh AIDS Taskforce talk about the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. Furthermore,  Tom Baxter of Friends of the Riverfront and Carl Knoch of the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy talk about their thoughts on the Three Rivers Heritage Trail.


More than 1,200 athletes are expected to bike, swim and run around the North Shore this weekend in the 17th annual Pittsburgh Triathlon. This year, organizers are paying special attention to making sure the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers are safe for swimmers.

The event begins Saturday at 6:45 a.m. with a sprint race, which features shorter distances than traditional triathlons. There will also be an “Adventure Race,” in which competitors will substitute canoeing or kayaking for the swim portion of the triathlon. The classic triathlon will take place Sunday.

Plans have been approved to expand the Three Rivers Heritage Trail along a mile of the riverfront.

The expansion will run from Aspinwall Riverfront Park to Blawnox Community Park. The corridor has been eyed for years as an ideal location for a trail, but it runs in front of the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority plant, and conversations with previous city administrations left planners thinking they’d have to route the trail along Freeport Road.