Get your run on with DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, 26.2 miles of challenging yourself through some of the most scenic and iconic streets of the city. Over the course of this race, runners will cross three rivers, three bridges, and 14 neighborhoods.
The race starts on Liberty Avenue by the August Wilson Center for African American Culture. From there, racers loop around to David McCullough Bridge, around the Children’s Museum of Pittsburg, past Heinz Field, and over West End Bridge. The next stretch takes participants by the Hard Rock Café and all the way down to cross Birmingham Bridge and head down past the women’s hospital. Runners continue past the Carnegie Museum of Natural History and follow a winding path that takes them back to Liberty Avenue to end on the Boulevard of the Allies.
There are six bridges that runners will get to see along the way, three of which they actually cross. Participants also get great views of the Allegheny River, Ohio River, and Monongahela River along the route.
The Pittsburgh Marathon also supports its runners with access to free live tracking and progress alerts through the RaceJoy app on race day. With this app, even supporters on the side can send a cheer to their racers. Note that participants who wish to use the RaceJoy app during the marathon must carry their phone with them, and RaceJoy timing information is not considered official.
Athletes with disabilities who wish to run the marathon in a wheelchair may sign up for the wheelchair division. There are also a variety of other racing options throughout the weekend, including a half marathon, marathon relay, 5K, kids marathon, toddler trot, and pet walk.
Racers can pick up their packets at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 4 from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. and on Saturday, May 5 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
When: May 5-6, 2018
Where: Pittsburgh, PA
How: Register here: https://www.athlinks.com/event/6620
Before or after you complete your scenic run, you may want to ride through the streets highlighted in the marathon and explore some of the neighborhoods and attractions in depth. Maybe you can catch a game at Heinz Field and see the Pittsburgh Steelers in action. If you have kids with you, then the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh is a fun and educational way to spend your time. Mt. Washington is also not far from the race course, and you can enjoy some downtime by visiting the thriving businesses or plenty or recreational opportunities in Mt. Washington Park.
Strollers and other wheeled conveyances as well as pets are generally not allowed in the marathon, but you may be able to take them in some of the other races, particularly the toddler trot and pet walk. Once runners confirm and pay for their spot in the race, there are no refunds or deferments allowed