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Marathon Relay

Date: Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time: 7:00 AM Runners

Please check back for more information about the 2015 race.


Team captains will automatically be registered as  a team member when they register, pay and create a Relay Team. Team Captains do not have to register a second time as a team member. If you are not participating on the relay team that you are creating, you should not create the team as you will automatically be registering yourself to run and will count toward your team member max of 5 people. Please contact our office at 412-586-7785 if you have any questions regarding the new registration process.

Course Description

Click here to view a map of the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay course.

The FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay course winds through 13 wonderfully unique and historic neighborhoods of this beautiful city. Community celebrations, cheering spectators and music throughout the course will welcome runners from all over the world.

Runners will race on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, cross each of the three rivers in Pittsburgh and travel through the South Side, Oakland, Shadyside and Bloomfield neighborhoods – just to name a few. The course runs along the rivers of the City and challenges you on a hill that takes you into the University area of Pittsburgh. The last five miles are downhill as you return into the downtown area.

Leg From To Relay Exchange Location  Distance 
1 Start Line  Exchange 1  Ridge Avenue and Merchant Street  5.5 miles 
Exchange 1 Exchange 2 Carson Street at Smithfield Street Bridge 3.5 miles
3 Exchange 2 Exchange 3  5th Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard 6.4 miles
4 Exchange 3 Exchange 4  Baum Boulevard at S. Graham Street 6.1 miles
5 Exchange 4 Finish Line  Boulevard of the Allies  4.7 miles
  • USA Track and Field certified course
  • Boston qualifier
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates and roller blades are not permitted on the course
  • Headphones (iPods, mp3 players, CDs, tape walkmans, radios, etc.) are discouraged
  • Fluid and medical aid stations are positioned along the course
  • Water and Gatorade will be offered at every fluid station
  • GU gels will be available at locations along the course
  • Salty snacks such as potato chips or pretzels will be available at locations along the course

Course Time Limit

City streets, police offices and support are contracted for specific times and cannot be extended. The following chart indicates road closure times per sector/mile and time limits per mile based on the time available for runners before the roads re-open. Some easy points to remember - all runners must be to the Birmingham Bridge by 10:20 AM and Half Marathoners must be at Mile 12, Forbes Avenue at Jumonville, by 11:00 AM.

If you cannot adhere to the scheduled time/pace per mile listed on the schedule, you will be asked to board a sweep vehicle that will take you to relay shuttle drop off area on Grant Street which is several blocks from the finish line. If you refuse to get on the vehicle, you must move to the sidewalk so traffic can resume. If you choose to continue after the course has reopened, there will be no medical support, fluid stations, or course marshals at intersections, and the course will no longer be marked. Participants after that time will not be guaranteed a time or medal.

Click here for more information on course time limits.


Relay Exchange Process

The FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay course is the same as the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon course. The 2-5 person relay offers a distance for everyone, regardless of their fitness level.

Each relay participant is encouraged to read the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay Handbook, which explains the relay process from picking up race numbers at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo to reaching the finish line at the Relay Exchange Zone.

Click here to read the 2014 Relay Handbook.

Travel to Relay Exchanges

Because of race day traffic and road closures, it is recommended most FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay participants walk to exchange zones one and two from the Downtown area.

Shuttle buses will be available on race day for exchange zones three and four ONLY. Shuttles will depart from Downtown on Centre Avenue, between 6th Avenue and Chatham Square starting at 6:00 AM. Click here to view the Pick-up/Drop-off Area map. Plan to arrive at your Relay Exchange at least 30 minutes before your teammates expected arrival. If you are taking shuttles, plan on a 30-minute bus ride. Shuttles will operate until the Relay Exchange Zone closes. There are no shuttles between relay exchanges.

Click here to learn more about getting to each relay exchange zone on race day.


  • No refunds or deferments of entry fees
  • Minimum age for Marathon Relay: 14 on May 4, 2014
  • Marathon relay team captain must pay entire registration fee when registering the team.
  • Paper/mail-in registrations will not be accepted after January 1, 2014

Award Rules

All finishing participants will receive a finishers medal.

Prizes will be awarded for the top three male, female and coed teams.

  • Awards are based on chip time not gun time.
  • Awards will be mailed once official race results have been submitted. Please allow 3-4 weeks post-race for awards to be mailed out.

Click here to view the 2014 prize purse.

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