In the City of Bridges, You Gotta Regatta

(BPT) - Pittsburgh, Pa., is one of the world’s hottest travel destinations right now. For proof, just consider the accolades recently bestowed upon the City of Bridges. From Zagat naming Pittsburgh the “No. 1 Food City” in the U.S. to Harper’s Bazaar choosing the city among the “Best Places to Travel in 2017,” Pittsburgh is heating up in a super cool way!

This summer, Red Bull Flugtag Pittsburgh takes the fun to even greater heights on Saturday, August 5 during the popular EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta, August 4-6. Flugtag, which means “Flying Day” in German, is the world’s wildest homemade human-powered flying craft competition.

The city’s thriving river scene will be the place to be. Long known as the Three Rivers City — with the Ohio, Monongahela and Allegheny meeting at Point State Park — Pittsburgh has fully embraced this tourism point of differentiation by proudly promoting its ever-growing list of river or riverfront activities. Whether it’s boating, hiking, running along 24 miles of riverfront trails, or attending a Pittsburgh Pirates game at beautiful PNC Park or concert at Heinz Field, visitors can experience the great outdoors right in the heart of the city.

Now in its 40th year, the EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta is a summer mainstay in Pittsburgh’s historic Point State Park, appealing to locals and visitors alike. There’s music, food, fireworks and, of course, a wide range of river events — everything from jet ski stunt shows and Formula One Powerboat Championships (think 160 mph) to an Anything That Floats (think sink) race, where teams build their own boats and try to keep them afloat. Other highlights include a 90-foot Ferris wheel, free concerts featuring national acts Easton Corbin and Smash Mouth, and a 200-ton sand sculpture.

This year, Red Bull Flugtag offers a highly anticipated addition to the regatta along the North Shore. Forty teams, made of five team members each, will launch their self-designed and -built flying machine off a 22-foot-high flight deck in hopes of soaring into the wild blue yonder — or, in this case, over the Allegheny River, but more often plunging in magnificent fashion into the river down below.

Forty teams, mainly from the Pittsburgh and surrounding regions, will participate, including students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh, so there will definitely be some serious engineering and physics practices being relied upon to build the flying machines.

But it may just come down to teamwork, the right materials and maybe even luck that helps one team soar past the others and, perhaps, break the all-time flight distance of 258 feet.

The EQT Pittsburgh Three Rivers Regatta weekend ends with 15 minutes of fabulous fireworks — timed to a soundtrack that tips its hat to the regatta’s 40th anniversary and the City of Bridges itself. And get this: everything (except for the Ferris wheel) is free! So get ready … You gotta regatta!

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