The 14 official neighborhoods that make up the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon race course offer a unique snapshot of Pittsburgh - one that runners continue to rave about. From the smell of street-side barbecues to the sounds of local bands and cheerathoners, Pittsburghers from each one of these neighborhoods help to make race day an unforgettable race experience!
These neighborhoods bring JOY X10 at every mile along the course - so much joy that they have inspired us to spread extra cheer this holiday season! Visit our Facebook page to find out how we’ll be celebrating these neighborhoods and the season with 10 days of giveaways.
While you’re here, read on to learn how each neighborhood offers something unique and special for runners and spectators alike on race day.
- Downtown is the meeting place of our city's three rivers and the hub of culture, commerce and entertainment, so it's only fitting that DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon starts and ends here. The cultural capital of Western Pennsylvania, it’s where Pittsburghers go to see shows, sports and sites as well as eat, drink and shop. And it’s where runners begin their race journey and celebrate as they cross the finish line!
- The Strip District was once home to many workshops and factories, but today, this historic neighborhood is a great place for locals and visitors to find a variety of ethnic food shops, art studios, antique dealers and boutiques. Runners can’t stop to shop during the race, of course, but they can always stop by afterwards to visit vendors, farmers markets and sidewalk cafes.
- Most famous for its iconic sports venues Heinz Field and PNC Park, the North Side is also home to world-class museums and award-winning attractions. Runners will pass by Rivers Casino, Carnegie Science Center, the Andy Warhol Museum, National Aviary, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh - just to name a few!
- Through the foresight and passion of the West Pittsburgh Partnership for Regional Development, Inc. (WPP), the West End is quickly transforming into one of Pittsburgh's most distinct neighborhoods. Because of the WPP’s commitment to the success of this region, runners can view the rehabilitated riverfront area or the South Main Street Business District makeover.
- The South Side is known for its nightlife and bars, but it is also home to one of the largest Victorian main streets in the United States. Runners will carve a path down East Carson Street, the South Side's most popular stretch of pavement, and feel the energy from live music and entertainment at one of the marathon’s largest official parties.
- Home to prestigious museums, world-class hospitals and universities, and international cuisine, Oakland is considered the cultural, academic and medical center of Pittsburgh. As one of Pittsburgh's liveliest neighborhoods, Oakland is the place to be whether you’re a runner or spectator planning a picnic in the park on race day.
- If you're searching for an extraordinary way to spend a day, a night or a lifetime, just think Shadyside. Boutiques, shops and galleries mingle with national retailers in a neighborhood of tree-lined streets, historic homes, hip events and distinctive restaurants. Though most everything is within walking distance, runners won’t have time to shop ‘til they drop as they make their way along charming Walnut Street.
- Point Breeze is an attractive neighborhood, with gracious homes set back along wide streets. Home to the Henry Clay Frick mansion, the Frick Museum and Frick Park, there is also a quaint business district anchored by the renowned Point Brugge Cafe. It’s the perfect gathering space for residents to assemble for cheering on race day!
- Homewood is more than a place to live; it's a place to get involved. While Homewood residents can easily access the shopping and entertainment resources available in the neighboring suburban boroughs, they prefer to stick around their neighborhood on race day to cheer on the runners. These areas provide even further exciting opportunities for shopping, picnicking, touring museums, theater and participating in a variety of cultural events.
- One of Pittsburgh’s hippest neighborhoods, East Liberty is home to Google, the Tech Shop and hundreds of startup tech companies. Runners will get a glimpse of the ways in which residents and visitors not only Work but also how they Live, Shop and Play in “one of the ten best up and coming neighborhoods around the USA” according to USA Today.
- While the Residential Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on 2007, the Highland Park neighborhood is also known as the home of the Pittsburgh Zoo & Aquarium, Union Project and St Andrew's church. Even more, runners will feel like they’ve left the urban jungle once they set their eyes on Highland Park, one of Pittsburgh's three grand public parks.
- Friendship is a vibrant, diverse neighborhood in Pittsburgh's East End. The neighborhood lives up to its name with a warm, welcoming atmosphere, inviting parks and playgrounds, and super friendly neighbors! It should come as no surprise that Friendship is not only a great place to live but also one of the most hospitable neighborhoods on race day.
- Bloomfield is a quaint town with a colorful mix of renowned shops and restaurants. Runners will quickly notice the neighborhood is a feast as rich to the eyes as the homemade tortellini and cannoli in its shop windows are to the stomach. And they may even start craving that post-race carbo-load as you get closer to the finish line!
- Anchored by Mercy Hospital, Duquesne University and PPG Paints Arena, development is thrumming in Uptown. In fact, the neighborhood garnered national attention in 2014 when it was designated as one of only eight EcoDistricts in the country. On race day, runners will quickly realize this area is more than a corridor or the home stretch; it’s a place worth stopping by after the race.
The best way to enjoy all of these neighborhoods is by foot, and there is no better time to experience them than on race day. We’ve still got some time before the 10th anniversary of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Marathon weekend of events begins, but it’s never to early to start spreading running cheer. And the best way to spread cheer is singing loud for all to hear, right?
We won’t shout it from the roof tops, but we don’t want to keep it a secret any longer. Head over to our Facebook page on Monday, December 4 for your first of ten chances to win special holiday giveaways from P3R.