Getting to the Start Line

Last updated: Thursday, May 3, 2018Getting to Go!

Start line information just for you!

It's almost race day and your training is going well.  Time to start planning for race weekend. This guide will tell you everything you need to know to get to the start line on race day!

Race Weekend Schedule of Events

We’re celebrating runners – past, present and future. For being in it for the long haul. For running miles and miles and miles. For being inspirational, motivational and just down right amazing! 

FRIDAY, MAY 4

11:00 AM to 8:00 PM

GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo
David L. Lawrence Convention Center
*The Expo will open at 10:00 a.m., one-hour early, for VIP participants only

SATURDAY, MAY 5

9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo
David L. Lawrence Convention Center

8:00 AM

UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run
Intersection of West General Robinson Street & Mazeroski Way

8:30 AM

Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot
Point State Park
 

9:30 AM

Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon
West General Robinson street by PNC Park
 

9:00 AM to 1:00 PM

Chick-fil-A Saturday Finish Line Festival
Point State Park
 

12:00 PM

Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Pittsburgh Pet Walk
Point State Park

SUNDAY, MAY 6

6:50 AM

DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Handcycle Division presented by PNC
Liberty Ave. near 10th Street
 

6:55 AM

USATF Half Marathon Championships
 

7:05 AM

DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon
FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay

Liberty Ave. near 10th Street
 

7:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Finish Line Festival
Point State Park

How Many Steps to the Start Line?

Getting to the start line is as easy as 1-2-3.  First you get your race number at Packet Pick Up, then you check your items at Gear Check and lastly you line up in your Start Line Corral.  This guide will take you through these easy steps to help you get to the start on time on race morning.
Packet Pick Up
Packet Pickup is located at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 4, 2018 and Saturday, May 5, 2018. Learn waht you need to bring to packet pick up and the Expo hours and location.
Gear Check
Learn where Gear Check is located in the start line area, what items are allowed in the corrals and which must be stored. 
Start Line Corrals
Learn all about the start line corrals and how to enter them on race weekend. 

Parking, Road Closures and Maps

Getting around town on race weekend can be challenging so we've provided information and maps to help you as you travel around the city.  We're looking forward to seeing runners, volunteers and spectators fill our streets on race weekend.
Getting Around Town
Check out these maps to help you get around downtown Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas on race weekend.
Parking
Find out what garages and lots are open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of race weekend.
Road Closures
For those that are running, volunteering or spectating, knowing the schedule of road closures and reopenings is important.

Runner Safety Guidelines

P3R and the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon are committed to providing the safest possible race experience. Participants are advised to use their best judgment, alter their pace accordingly and pay attention to their body's warning signals at all times. 

In addition to being prepared for changing conditions on race day we also ask that you please join us in being vigilant of your surroundings during the race and throughout the weekend. If you see a suspicious person, object or vehicle along or near the race course, report the sighting to 9-1-1 or to law enforcement personnel.
To help ensure a safe race experience, the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon encourages all spectators, volunteers and runners to be aware of their surroundings.
  • If you see a suspicious person, object, or vehicle along or near the race course, please report the sighting to 9-1-1 or notify nearby law enforcement personnel.
  • Do not store, hide, or leave any personal items, backpacks, packages, or clothes along or near the race route, including the start and finish line areas and Point State Park.
  • No backpacks, duffel bags, bags (paper, plastic, etc.), hard or soft coolers, or purses larger than 8.5"x11" will be allowed inside the start line or finish line runner-only areas. Please see "Permitted Runner Items" below for a list of allowable items.
  • Runners must use a race-issued Gear Check bag for Gear Check. Each bag checked must have the proper runner race number attached to the bag. Details will be included with the Gear Check bag at the Expo.
  • All bags must be checked into Gear Check prior to the start of the race. Runners will NOT be allowed to bring or carry bags into the start line corrals.
  • Only registered runners with official race numbers will be permitted inside the start line corrals. Runners must enter the start line corrals through designated entrances.
  • Runners may not switch between corrals once they have entered a start line corral.
  • Camelbacks and/or fuel belts are permitted but will be subject to inspection at the entrances to the start and finish line perimeters.
  • Military runners carrying Ruck Sacks must contact the P3R office to register the bag's contents prior to race day. All bags are subject to inspection.
P3R and the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon are committed to providing the safest possible race experience. Participants are advised to use their best judgment, alter their pace accordingly and pay attention to their body's warning signals at all times. 

As a part of your preparation, we also encourage you to view an instructional video on Hands-only CPR.



 

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