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Feel the Power of Running the West End and South Side

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MILES 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 of the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon dance you from the West End to the South Side. Along the way, you'll find some of the best views and the best food in all of Pittsburgh.

We've gathered a few of our favorite things from both, so be on the look out for these local gems and hidden treasures:

MILE 7 of the Marathon takes you across the West End Bridge and through the West End - formerly called Temperanceville before it became part of Pittsburgh in 1837. You'll just brush the West End Overlook, which is now touted as one of the best view of the Pittsburgh skyline - an incredibly breath-taking view of the city.

Neighborhood Insider Tip: If you're training in the West End, take a moment to explore the quiet park that surrounds the West End Overlook, and breathe in the peace of the place. If you're feeling sentimental for the jaw-dropping views of the Pittsburgh skyline, snap a photo mid-run. You can't worry about sweat when the view is so sweet!

MILE 8 of the race turns you onto East Carson Street where you'll stay for the next 3 miles.  The view of the city from the South Shore is just as impressive as it is from Mt. Washington above. Along the way, you'll race beneath the Duquesne Incline, which opened on May 20, 1877, was rescued and restored by a group of local residents in 1963 and still delights residents and visitors with its original, elegant, wooden cable cars.  

MILE 9 of the race continues to move you down East Carson Street, past Highmark Stadium, home of Riverhounds, and the fabulous Station Square as you travel into the hub of the South Side. 

Neighborhood Insider Tip: Though you may be familiar with the leaping, colorful fountain at Bessemer Court, catch a new view of the fountain from the tables of Hard Rock Cafe. While you're at it, act like a tourist for a day and catch a Ducky Tour or ride the Duquesne Incline for views of the city you've forgotten to appreciate.

Finally, MILES 10 and 11 drops you in the heart of the South Side. You'll pass the local shops, bars and restaurants, and you'll feel the vibrancy of a neighborhood teeming with energy.

Neighborhood Insider Tip: Find yourself derailed on a training day at The Milk Shake Factory, where endless milkshakes, chocolates and candies await in the old-fashioned racks. Plus, they perpetually play oldies but goodies, such as I Love Lucy, which serves as the best entertainment amidst your delightful indulgence.

As you begin MILE 11, you will find the aromas of the South Side stay with you and urge you on as you continue on your way.

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