Top 10 Reasons to Run the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay

by Jordan Olander
Have you always wanted to be a part of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh marathon weekend or events, but you aren’t ready to commit to running 13.1 or 26.2 miles by yourself? The FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay is the perfect way to take in all of the race weekend action! 

Need more convincing? Here are the “Top 10 Reasons” to form a team and run the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay.

I. It’s a manageable distance. The longest leg of the relay is 6.5 miles, an achievable distance if you are a new runner or haven’t had a long time to train.

II. Experience the excitement from spectators and cheer groups. The streets of Pittsburgh are lined with cheers groups, bands and thousands of spectators encouraging runners through every mile.

III. It’s an excuse to train with your friends in the weeks leading up to the race. We all know that life sometimes gets in the way of quality time with friends. If you commit to running together, you now have a reason to get together more often.

IV. It’s a chance to bond and create special memories with friends. Whether it’s wearing matching outfits or coming up with a fantastic team name, race weekend will be filled with new memories that you can reminisce about with your friends for years to come.

V. Run through parts of the Steel City that you have never experienced before. Maybe you have never been to Pittsburgh and are eager to see what it’s like. Or you have lived in Pittsburgh your whole life but never ventured into some of the neighborhoods on the course. Each leg of the relay takes you on a scenic tour of Pittsburgh by foot - a once-in-a-lifetime experience you don’t get on a typical day.

VI. Receive a commemorative shirt, medal and gift in honor of our 10th Anniversary. All relay team members will receive their own swag to show off their amazing accomplishments.

VII. Enjoy running as a team sport. When running, you normally just depend on yourself, but in the relay, you are now motivated to do your absolute best because your teammates are counting on you.

VIII. Check something off your bucket list. Everyone has a list of things that they want to do or accomplish in life. Participating in the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay is quite an achievement to scratch off the list!

IX. Meet new people. Sure, your teammates are already your friends, but when you are running on the course, you will get a chance to meet other runners. Your fellow runners will constantly support you throughout the course and push you to reach the finish line.

X. You’ll leave feeling inspired because race weekend is truly an unforgettable experience. After completing your leg, you will feel such a sense of accomplishment as that medal is placed around your neck. Who knows, maybe you’ll be inspired enough to try running the full marathon next year.

You won’t want to miss out on the energy and excitement of race weekend in 2018. Register today so you can run in the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay and be a part of our 10th Anniversary celebration. This milestone is only going to happen once!

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