Join us and MOVE at the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and exciting weekend of events! Activities begin on Friday, May 3, 2019 with the Pittsburgh Marathon Health and Fitness Expo.
On Saturday, May 4, we’ll host the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, Pittsburgh Toddler Trot and Pittsburgh Pet Walk.
The weekend will culminate on Sunday, May 5, 2019 with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, and FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay.
What is the closest hotel to the Start Line?
The Start and Finish Lines are located in Downtown Pittsburgh, about .5 miles apart. Click here to book a discounted hotel room through the race’s hotel block – right in the heart of the race festivities. Click here to see a map of the 2018 course.
Can I wear my headphones?
Headphones (iPods, mp3 players, CDs, tape walk mans, radios, etc.) are discouraged. Please ensure that you are aware of other runners, vehicles and safety personnel at all times and can quickly respond to any communications from them.
Can my dog run with me?
Only approved service animals are allowed to participate. Please send an email to email@example.com, with the subject line “Special Accommodation Request”. Please note that all requests are due by March 1, 2019.
Can I bring my children in their stroller?
Baby joggers, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, strollers, roller skates and roller blades are not permitted on the course.
What are the age restrictions for each race?
Participants must meet the minimum age requirement by race day (May 5, 2019) in order to participate:
Age requirements are based on regulations by IMMDA (International Marathon Medical Directors Association). For further information and background, see: IMMDA Advisory Statement on Children and Marathoning.
Click here to complete an age waiver request form. Each case is reviewed individually by P3R's Medical Director, and you will be notified via email if you have been approved with the steps necessary to participate. Please note that all requests are due by March 1, 2019.
How long do I have to complete the race?
The Half Marathon course will be open for 3.5 hours and the Marathon course will be open for 7 hours. There are three checkpoints along the course that will require participants to meet at least a 16:00 minute/mile pace: the 16th Street Bridge by 8:20 AM, the West End Bridge by 9:15 AM and the Birmingham Bridge by 10:20 AM.
If you cannot adhere to the permitted pace per mile, you will be asked to board a sweep vehicle that will take you to the relay shuttle drop off area at Centre Avenue and 6th Avenue, 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.
Do you offer pacers?
Yes, we do offer pacers for the Marathon and Half Marathon. It is not necessary to sign up/join a pace group ahead of time. More details about the paces and pacers will be available in March.
What are the requirements to compete in the Clydesdale/Athena division?
The Clydesdale/Athena division is a weight division for male and female runners completing the marathon or half marathon. To be eligible, male and female competitors must weigh-in at the Pittsburgh Marathon Health and Fitness Expo during operating hours race weekend. The Clydesdale division is open to men over 200 lbs. and the Athena division is open to women over 150 lbs. Awards will be given to the top two males and females in both the “Over 40” and “Under 40” categories in the marathon and half marathon event.
Can I participate in the Marathon/Half Marathon and the Marathon Relay?
Yes, participants who are registered for the Marathon or Half Marathon, can also participate on a Relay team; however, the participant must officially register for both events. Runners that will continue on to run the Marathon or Half Marathon must run the first leg of the relay. On race day, pin your Relay race number over the Marathon/Half Marathon race number on the front of your shirt and the white Relay designation on your back.
When you complete the first leg of the relay, volunteers will assist you in removing your Relay race numbers from the front and back of your shirt. You will also need to remove your Relay D-Tag from your shoe so you can continue on as a Marathon or Half Marathon runner. Do not continue running until your Relay D-Tag and Relay race numbers are removed.
What is the deadline to register for a relay team?
All team members must register on their relay team by 11:59 PM ET on April 21. Thereafter, team members will incur a $50 per person fee to register on a relay team at the Pittsburgh Marathon Health and Fitness Expo during operating hours.
I am a team captain. Do I still need to register as a team member?
Team captains are automatically 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. Please do not create a team if you are not participating.
How long does our team have to complete the course?
The Marathon Relay course will be open for 7 hours. There will be two checkpoints along the course that will require participants to meet at least a 16:00 minute/mile pace. Any participants that do not meet these requirements must board a sweep vehicle, which will drop off near the finish line.
How much do I need to fundraise for a FREE entry?
Each nonprofit organization facilitates their own fundraising efforts. We recommend that runners contact nonprofits for specific answers to fundraising questions. On average runners can anticipate raising the following amounts per event:
The above fundraising goals are based on requirements for official Run For A Reason charities. Fundraising minimums for contributing charities are typically lower due to the exclusion of a race entry in exchange for fundraising. We recommend that runners contact their charity of choice directly in regards to specific fundraising related questions.
I can no longer run the race or need a shorter distance. Can I transfer my registration to another runner or switch to a different event?
Yes, please reach out to your charity coordinator to let them know of the change you want to make. Your charity coordinator will let us know and we can make the change.
Please note the deadline for changes with your charity is February 28, 2019. Switches and transfers are available to ensure you have a safe and healthy race day, but it does not alter your original fundraising commitment with your charity.
How do I fundraise for a charity that isn't listed?
Anyone can run for a reason, no matter your cause. Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will help you get started. Please note you will only receive a free registration when running for an official charity.
What is the difference between a Run For A Reason official charity and a contributing charity?
Official Run For A Reason charities are organizations that have participated with the charity program for at least one year and demonstrated the capability of recruiting at least 20 runners, 10 volunteers and a fundraising a minimum of $10,000. These organizations pay a participation fee in order to be featured on our website as the preferred and promoted nonprofit partners with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and are able to offer runners entry into any event with the commitment to fundraising.
Contributing charities are traditionally new or first-time participants of the charity program, and are recognized for their fundraising efforts and are a crucial part of the giving community. There is no cost involved. Race entries are not included and entries must be purchased separately from creating a fundraising page.
Click here for more details.
How can a nonprofit join the charity community?
Applications to become a contributing charity can be found here.
Saturday Kids Races (Toddler Trot, Kids Marathon and Kids 5K)
Click here to be directed to the Kids of STEEL website FAQs
Where do I get my race packet for the 5K?
NEW THIS YEAR! Race bibs will be sorted by RACE NUMBER and not alphabetically. You will receive a confirmation email prior to race weekend. Please bring the number with you so you know which line to stand in. There will be places to look up your number at the Expo, however, there may be a wait to look up the number.
If you will pick up race items on Saturday morning, please bring the number with you. There will be a LIMITED area to lookup numbers and the line may be long.
Where do I park on race morning?
Course route roads will close at 7:00 AM and the start and finish line areas close earlier. Please plan your travel accordingly. Normal parking facilities are open and available for use. The T is also in service on race weekend with free transport between Downtown and North Shore stops (note there is a fare between Downtown and any points south, beginning with Station Square). ParkPGH is a helpful website and app to help you plan your parking, including live data on available spaces.
Will there be pacers for the 5K?
Yes, the Steel City Road Runners Pace Team will be onsite for the 5K. They'll have pacers available for the following paces:
What fun stuff is available after the race?
Join us after the race for the Chick-fil-A Finish Line Festival in Point State Park. This family-friendly festival features an inflatable obstacle course and sports games, refreshments, special guests and more.
Are strollers, bikes or animals permitted on the course?
For safety reasons, strollers, bikes and animals are not allowed on the course.