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3ROC Adventure Race

3ROC City Adventure Event


3 Rivers Outdoor Company wants to introduce everyone to a fun outdoor adventure event.  The goal is to ensure everyone can experience the joy of having a multi-sport adventure right in wonderful city and embrace the outdoor opportunities that exist in Pittsburgh.  Combining paddling, mountain biking, and foot travel (running or hiking), teams of 2-4 will have up to six hours to find as many checkpoints as they can, using only map-and-compass navigation skills to guide them.

A goal of adventure is all you need to work through this multi-sport adventure challenge as you explore the trails, woods, streets, and waters of Pittsburgh.

Never heard of an Adventure Race?  Check out the US Adventure Racing Association or check back for our introduction to adventure racing story from several of our 3ROC fans.  This is an awesome opportunity and we want you to join us to give it a shot and have some outdoor fun. 


Event Details


September 9, 2023 

10:00AM - 4:00PM


Race starts at Allegheny Rivertrail Park, 285 River Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15215

Race finishes at 3 Rivers Outdoor Company, 1130 South Braddock Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15218

Disciplines and Distances*:
  • Paddle (kayak, standup paddleboard, canoe) approximately 1 mile

  • Road and off-road biking - approximately 12 miles

  • Foot travel, off road and trail - approximately 4 miles

  • Special challenges (goal is to level the field so the fastest team doesn’t necessarily win)

  • Map and compass navigation

Course Layout:

  • The race will be divided into approximately three segments by discipline: there will be a paddle section, a bike section, and a run/hike section. 

  • Teams will start at one location and finish in a different section.  

  • Teams will be permitted to leave gear, food, and hydration in select transition areas.

  • The event contains a minimum number of mandatory checkpoints that each team must reach to finish the event.   Each stage of the race will also include additional checkpoints (CPs) that racers may find as time permits.  All checkpoints will be found  using map-and-compass navigation (GPS devices allowed only in emergencies).

  • Teams will have up to three or six hours to find as many checkpoints as they can across the three stages.*

*Distances are estimates; navigation abilities, strategy, and route choice will affect actual distances on race day. Much of the course is optional, so while you may not find every checkpoint, everyone will be able to make their own adventure and finish the race!



 Register here

What’s Included

  • Post event party

  • Saturday afternoon of fun and friendship

  • Chance for event prizes (6-hour only)



You will need a kayak or paddleboard to complete this event. 3ROC offers paddlesports rents and sales. All participants will be required to have a an approved personal flotation device and whistle. After September 1, we cannot guarantee rental kayaks or SUPs. Please contact us directly after September 1st if you need a rental for this event.

You will need a bicycle. Any type of bicycle will work but a trail or mountain bike is encouraged. All participants must also have a helmet and rear red flashing light since this event will occur on roads.



For specific questions related to this event, please give us a shout by email - here!



If you are interested in volunteering to help on the day of the event, please contact us.


Cancellation Policy

If WE cancel the event or if you must cancel prior to the registration deadline (August 18), then you will be awarded a full refund.

If you must cancel after this date, you will be awarded shop credit for your registration.