Make the most of motion this summer
Kayaking on the Allegheny River was part of the Venture Outdoors Festival 2012 last weekend in Point State Park, one of the first harbingers of an active summer.
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The Pittsburgh Marathon and the Venture Outdoors Festival got the season off to a smashing start.
Now the fun -- and the sweat -- continues with a variety of special events in the city, from running to biking, swimming to tennis.
Here's a sampling of the races, matches and other activities.
• Greenfield Glide 5K Run Fitness Walk: Cross-country challenges in 30th annual race through Schenley Park. Schenley Park Overlook (8:30 a.m. June 3). Registration: Citiparks, 412-422-8885; www.greenfieldglide.com.
• Riverview Park 5K Run And Fitness Walk: Riverview Park Activities Building (7 p.m. June 8). 412-255-2493 or www.riverview5K.com.
• Pittsburgh Triathlon Adventure Race: 1.5K Swim, 40K bike, 10K run. Also, sprint course and adventure course. North Shore Riverfront Park near PNC Park (6:45 a.m. July 28-29). www.pittsburghtriathlon.com; 412-488-0212.
• Brookline Breeze 5K Run/Walk: 5K run and fitness walk and 1-mile fun run. Brookline Boulevard at Pioneer Avenue (8:30 a.m. Aug. 11). 412-571-3222; www.brooklinebreeze.com.
• Run Around the Square: 1.5-mile fun run/walk and 5K run through Fern Hollow, Frick Park, includes musicians. Regent Square School (8:15 a.m. Aug. 25). 412-246-9506.
• Dollar Bank Junior Great Race: Ninth annual race includes the 1-Mile Family Fun Run, the 50-Yard Tot Trot and the Diaper Dash. Downtown (noon Sept. 23). 412-255-2493.
• Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race: 10K race begins in Frick Park at Beechwood Boulevard and finishes outside Point State Park. The 5K will start at Fifth and Atwood in Oakland and follow the same route as the 10K to the finish line (8 a.m. Sept. 30). 412-255-2493. www. RunGreatRace.com.
• Pedal Pittsburgh: The event has a new sponsor this year, Bike Pittsburgh, and a new Finish Line Festival. Begins and ends at SouthSide Works (Aug. 5). www.bike-pgh.org, email firstname.lastname@example.org and 412-325-4334.
• Tour de Cure: Rides of 8 to 100 miles. Benefits American Diabetes Association. Seneca Valley High School, Harmony (times vary, June 24). 1-888-342-2383.
For more information on biking events, go to the Western Pennsylvania Wheelmen site at www.wpwbikeclub.org.
Citiparks will operate the following 18 outdoor swimming pools June 14 -- Labor Day:
Ammon (Hill District); Banksville; Bloomfield; Highland Park; Homewood; Jack Stack (Brighton Heights); Magee (Greenfield); McBride (Lincoln Place); Moore (Brookline); Ormsby (South Side); Phillips (Carrick); Ream (Mount Washington); Riverview Park; Schenley Park; Sheraden; Sue Murray (North Side); West Penn (Polish Hill); Westwood.
Individuals can purchase pool tags or pay a daily admission fee.
Each of these pools will sponsor a Citiparks swim team for children 6 to 18 years old. Swimming lessons also are offered for preschoolers to teens for a small fee. Citiparks will offer free two-week "learn to swim camps" at various pools throughout the summer for children 6 to 15 years old.
Pool information: 412-323-7928.
You don't need swimming skills to enjoy spray parks. Children of all ages and abilities enter with equal enthusiasm.
Troy Hill (Goettman Street) and Beechview (Orangewood Street) FREE (late spring -- early fall)
Spray Park information: 412-323-7928.
Citiparks has courts located in Frick, Highland, McKinley, Mellon, Schenley and West parks -- and courts located in dozens of neighborhood parks and playgrounds.
Summer programs include tennis lessons and summer tennis camps. Various fees.
Citiparks community centers offer a variety of indoor and outdoor activities for children, teens, adults and seniors. The 10 centers offer competitive sports, fitness programs, after-school activities and special events:
Ammon (Hill District); Arlington (South Side); Brookline; Jefferson (North Side); Magee (Greenfield); Ormsby (South Side); Paulson (Lincoln-Lemington); Phillips (Carrick); Warrington (Beltzhoover); West Penn (Polish Hill).
Community Center information: 412-422-6542.
Allegheny County residents 60 years or older can take part in the Summer Senior Games, sponsored by Citiparks SeniorInterests, at various locations. Compete in archery, bocce, bowling, darts, 5K run, golf (9 holes), horseshoes, kooshball, pool (8-ball), shuffleboard, track & field (frisbee toss, 1/2-mile walk and softball throw) and Wii bowling.
Various locations (June 3-15). 412-422-6405.
The nonprofit organization offers more than 1,000 outings, classes and events (year-round) designed to make it easy to try new outdoor activities, especially for beginners. Information and registration: www.ventureoutdoors.org or 412-255-0564. Here is a sampling:
From May to October, kayak rentals are available at Kayak Pittsburgh Downtown, 412-969-9090, under the Roberto Clemente Bridge. Paddle up the Allegheny River toward Washington's Landing and experience Pittsburgh from a new perspective.
Kayak Millvale is having its grand opening this weekend in Millvale's Riverfront Park. It offers kayak and bike rentals.
Kayak Pittsburgh at the North Park Boathouse reopened this weekend. The newly restored lake will offer plenty of paddling opportunities to explore the banks and wetlands. Peddle boats will make their return to the lake.
Hours and rates for all locations can be found at: www.kayakpittsburgh.org.
Meet and launch at Kayak Pittsburgh Downtown every fourth Monday beginning June 4 and every other Tuesday beginning May 29, May through October. $25 for Venture Outdoors Members; $33 for nonmembers. 5:45 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Meet and launch from Kayak Pittsburgh Downtown May 26, July 21, Aug. 25, and Sept. 8. $30 for Venture Outdoors Members; $40 for nonmembers. 7:30-10 p.m.
Meet and launch from Kayak Pittsburgh Downtown July 4. $55 for Venture Outdoors Members; $75 for nonmembers. 7-10 p.m.
TriAnglers, a Downtown fishing program, meets every Wednesday June through September in front of PNC Park on the Riverfront Trail. All gear and bait provided (all participants age 16 or older must have valid Pennsylvania fishing license). Cost covers bait and rods for the whole season. $15 Venture Outdoors Members; $20 nonmember; $12 children under 18 and adults over 65. 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Day Treks, Beer Tasting Hikes, Wine and Cheese Hikes, Nature Hikes, Yoga Outdoors, Tyke Hikes and Doggie Day Treks, to name a few. More than 60 different hikes in state, county and city parks throughout the Laurel Highlands, Allegheny Country and Butler, Beaver and Lawrence counties. Prices range from $5-$40 depending on the hike.
Urban Bike Tour, June 9, July 8, Aug. 11, Sept. 9, Oct. 20. $10 for Venture Outdoors Members; $15 for nonmembers. 1-4 p.m. Saturday Bike and Brunch, June 23 and Sept. 15. $22 for VentureOutdoorsMembers; $30 for nonmember. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Beginner Bike Ride Series, a monthly series held on Thursdays throughout the summer, designed for anyone interested in learning the basics of bicycling and bike maintenance. Individual program price: $12 Venture Outdoors member; $18 nonmember. Series price: $40 for Venture Outdoors members.
Take a hike on one of these trails.
Armstrong Trail: 724-543-4478. This 52.5-mile trail winds along the Allegheny River from Armstrong County to Clarion County.
Arrowhead Trail: 724-942-5000, www.peterstownship.com. Four miles of winding trail along Brush Run Creek in Peters.
Butler-Freeport Community Trail: www.dcnr.state.pa.us. More than 10 miles of crushed limestone surface.
Eliza Furnace Trail: 412-488-0212. Nearly three miles of trail running from Downtown to Greenfield between Second Avenue and the Parkway East.
Montour Trail: 412-831-2030, www.montourtrail.org. More than 30 miles of trail from Carnegie to Weirton, W.Va.
Three Rivers Heritage Trail: 412-488-0212 or www.friendsoftheriverfront.org. Twenty-four miles of trail on both sides of the three rivers in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County.
Yough Trail North: 724-872-5586 or www.youghrivertrail.com. From McKeesport to Connellsville, the trail encompasses 43 miles along the Youghiogheny River.
First Published May 27, 2012 12:00 am