Posted June 13, 2015

Travel Fitness: Running and Paddling in Pittsburgh

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Pittsburgh bridge

Pittsburgh isn’t known as the “City of Bridges” for nothing. With more than 445 bridges, Pittsburgh makes for a runner’s paradise with countless routes to be run, all with a guaranteed view.

This summer our Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh takes on the challenge of travel fitness, helping guests stay healthy with its new manager-led Bridge Run, customized jogging maps, Trying to Triathlon package, and Turbo Breakfast at The Commoner, the hotel’s Modern American tavern.

The Monaco is conveniently located in the heart of downtown, and our team has taken to the trestles with its new Bridge Run, a weekly three- or five-mile run led by Area Revenue Manager and resident fitness buff Melissa Braff. The two routes, named the Downtown Loop and Point Loop respectively, take guests on a jogging journey through the Steel City and over several bridges crossing the Allegheny River. While the Bridge Run is made available to guests every Wednesday morning, all are welcome to explore on their own and stride the city using the hotel’s customized jogging map with a legend identifying 15-plus points of interest along the routes.

Kayaking Pittsburgh

We’ve partnered with Venture Outdoors for some big-city kayaking.

For folks training for the next big race, the Monaco’s new Trying to Triathlon package offers deluxe overnight accommodations and all the fixings for a healthy stay. The package includes a runners’ welcome amenity, one-hour free kayaking for two with local partner Venture Outdoors, priority use of the hotel’s PUBLIC bicycles, and two fresh-squeezed juices from The Commoner. You can book it right here.

And to round out a fit stay, The Commoner’s Executive Chef Dennis Marron — who’s also a marathoner and overall fitness enthusiast — debuts his Turbo Breakfast selections on The Commoner’s weekday breakfast menu to help keep diets from taking a nosedive while traveling. The power selections range from the restaurant’s Norwegian dish (consisting of smoked salmon, mini bagel and bagel chips, pickled red onion, capers, and cream cheese) to fiber-rich oatmeal with brown sugar, dried cranberries and almonds.

No more excuses — stay like a champion.

— Kristin Huxta Bradley

Photos: iStock and Venture Outdoors

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