When you're puffing your way through miles 12, 13 and 14 of the DICK'S Sporting Good's Pittsburgh Marathon, you'll find yourself in the middle of Pittsburgh's academic and shopping hub: Oakland and Shadyside.
While you're running, keep an eye out for these classic favorites:
Mile 12 snakes you down Forbes Avenue. As you run towards the striking Cathedral of Learning, you'll pass a smattering of shops that make up the University of Pittsburgh's main drag. (Don't get sucked in by the wafting smell of delicious O fries from the Original Hot Dog Shop. We know it's tempting.) As you put the Cathedral and mile 12 behind you, you'll pass the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Carnegie Museum of Natural History on your right. You can pick up your stride as you imagine the dinosaurs chasing you along the course.
Neighborhood Insider Tip: Schenley Park is a perfect place to train with it's rolling hills and gorgeous, tree-riddled terrain. If you play your cards right, you can end up running seven miles in the park alone.
As Mile 13 ends, do a halfway fist pump celebration (you've earned it)! Mile 14 finds you on Walnut Street, in the heart of Shadyside, where you'll breeze by some of the best boutiques, fitness studios and restaurants in town.
Neighborhood Insider Tip: If you're looking for a classic Pittsburgh place to grab a bite, stop by Pamela's Diner where the crepe-style pancakes and Lyonnaise potatoes will have you drooling.
As you head into the second half of the race, you'll will be fueled by the energetic atmosphere of Oakland and Shadyside (and, most likely, it's the Lyonnaise potatoes).