FAQs

Find the answers to your questions for the 2016 race here.

Join us for the ninth running of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and the exciting weekend of events! Activities begin on Friday, May 6, 2017 with the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo.

On Saturday, May 6, we’ll host the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, Pittsburgh Toddler Trot and Pittsburgh Pet Walk.

The weekend will culminate on Sunday, May 7, 2017 with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, and FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay.

General FAQ's

I can’t remember if I registered. How can I confirm my race entry?
Click here for "Find a Participant". Participants under 18 are not able to be included in the confirmation search.
Note - charity runners fundraising for an official Run for a Reason charity will not be searchable in RunSignUp until closer to the race. Please contact your specific charity for questions on your registration and fundraising status. Need assistance? Email us at runforareason@p3r.org.

What are the age restrictions for each race?
Participants must meet the minimum age requirement by race day (May 7, 2017) in order to participate:

Marathon requires runners to be at least 18 years old
Half Marathon requires runners to be at least 16 years old
Marathon Relay requires runners to be at least 14 years old

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.

Is it possible to receive a special accommodation to participate in a race weekend event?
Yes, please send an email to info@p3r.org, with the subject line “Special Accommodation Request”. Please note that all requests are due by March 1, 2017.

What is the closest hotel to the Start Line?
The Start and Finish Lines are located on Liberty Avenue in Downtown Pittsburgh. 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 2016 course (although some parts of the course will be different this year, the Start and Finish areas are the same). 

Can I wear my headphones?
Headphones (iPods, mp3 players, CDs, tape walkmans, 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 info@p3r.org, with the subject line “Special Accommodation Request”. Please note that all requests are due by March 1, 2017.

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.

How do I transfer my race entry to another runner?
Participants may transfer their race entry to another runner. To transfer to another runner, please follow the steps below:

  • Visit RunSignUp.com and log in to your account
  • Click on the "Profile" link in the upper right corner
  • Click on the blue "My Registered Races" button in the lower left column
  • Click on the link to "Manage Registration" in your Pittsburgh Marathon race
  • Click on the blue "Transfer to Another Runner" button in the left hand column
  • Enter the new runner’s name and email address
  • Choose transfer option (transfer as gift or transfer for a refund)

A $15.00 transfer fee applies to all transactions. 

Transfer for a Refund: If you choose to transfer for a refund, you will receive your original registration fee minus the $15 transfer fee.  The new participant will pay the current event registration rate.

Transfer as Gift: If you choose to gift the registration, the new participant will not pay a registration fee for the race, and you will receive no refund through RunSignUp. 

Participants are responsible for finding a replacement for their race entry. All replacements must be registered before March 31, 2016. Transfer fees will increase race weekend. 

If you registered via a paper form, the Mega/Mini Ticket or are on a Running Club Rally or iHeart Radio team, please contact our office prior to transferring your registration. 

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. does not authorize transfers that are arranged outside of the transfer policy and withhold entries are that not fully transferred. The transfer policy is in place to verify the validity of the transfer and to ensure that the race entry is transferred into the name of the new runner.
 

How do I switch to another race event?
To switch to another race event, please follow the steps below:

  • Visit RunSignUp.com and log in to your account
  • Click on the "Profile" link in the upper right corner
  • Click on the blue "My Registered Races" button in the lower left column
  • Click on the link to "Manage Registration" in your Pittsburgh Marathon race
  • Click on the blue "Transfer Event" button in the left hand column
  • Click "Start Transfer"
  • Select new race event
  • Follow on-screen prompts to complete process

A $20.00 transfer fee applies to all transactions, plus any applicable registration fees. Switching fees will increase race weekend.

If you registered via a paper form, the Mega/Mini Ticket or are on a Running Club Rally or iHeart Radio team, please contact our office prior to switching your event.

 

Marathon/Half Marathon Questions & Answers

Do you offer training?
Please visit the Training page on our website for various training options. 

How long do I have to complete the race?
The Half Marathon course will be open for 3 hours and the Marathon course will be open for 6 hours. There are will be two checkpoints along the course that will require participants to meet at least a 14:00 minute/mile pace. Any participants that do not meet these requirements must board a sweep vehicle, which will drop off near the finish line. 

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, however, closer to race weekend a pace team webpage will be published with more details about the paces and pacers available.  

What are the requirements to compete in the Clydesdale/Athena division?
The Clydesdale/Athena division is a weight division for male and female runners competing the marathon or half marathon. To be eligible, male and female competitors must weigh-in at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo during operating hours race weekend. 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 female in both the “Over 40” and “Under 40” categories in the marathon and half marathon event.

 

Relay Questions & Answers

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 March 31. Thereafter, team members will incur at $50 per person fee to register on a relay team at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo during operating hours.

Does a relay team need to have 5 runners?
No, a relay team can function with 2-5 team members. Participates on a team with less than 5 members are required to run consective legs.

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.

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.

How long does our team have to complete the course?
The Marathon Relay course will be open for 6 hours. There will be two checkpoints along the course that will require participants to meet at least a 14:00 minute/mile pace. Any participants that do not meet these requirements must board a sweep vehicle, which will drop off near the finish line.


Charity Questions & Answers

How do I receive a FREE race entry through the charity program?
Registration is now open. Please visit www.thepittsburghmarathon.com/charities to see the list of official charity partners that you can earn a free race entry from with your committment to fundraising. 

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 to raise the following amounts per event:

  • Marathon - $500*
  • Half Marathon - $350*
  • Marathon Relay Team - $200* per person (2-5 person team)
  • 5K - $150*
  • Kids Marathon - $50*

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.

How do I fundraise for a non-participating charity or cause of my choice?
Anyone can run for a reason, no matter your cause. Please email runforareason@p3r.org and we will help you get started.

What is the difference between a Run for a Reason charity and a contributing charity?
Run for a Reason (official) charities are organizations that have participated with the charity program for at least one year and demonstrated the capability of fundraising a minimum of $7,500. 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 an entry into any event with the committment 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 much be purchased separately from creating a fundraising page.

Click here for more details. 

How can a nonprofit join the charity community?
Contributing charity applications are now OPEN for the 2017 marathon season. All new, first year participants are welcome to join us as a contributing charity for 2017. If your organziation would like to receive information on joining the charity community for 2017, please click here to fill out this interest form. 

To learn more about the charity program and how to become an official charity, please click here to read our contributing charity overview, or email us at runforareason@p3r.org.

Kids Marathon / Kids of STEEL Questions & Answers

What is Kids of STEEL (KOS) and how does the program work?
Kids of STEEL is a youth exercise program that provides 3 training plans, based on your child’s age and ability. Each plan consists of a physical activity goal and a nutrition goal. Once you register your child for a race (Toddler Trot, Kids Marathon or 5K), you’ll receive the 2017 Kids of STEEL Program Guide PDF in your confirmation email. Check out the guide to choose the right training plan for your child.

I have at least one child attending a Kids of STEEL site that my other children don’t attend.  Can we list them at the same site?
Yes!  Please let your child’s site coordinator know if you list siblings with their site. They may ask our office to remove names of children they don’t know.

My children attend different schools, can they be listed at the same Kids of STEEL site?
Yes! Please contact your child’s site coordinator to add a sibling(s) with their site list. Coordinators will remove names of children they do not recoginze.

What do I do with my child’s completed Kids of STEEL training log?
You must turn in your child’s completed training log to receive his/her finisher prize. If you are attending a race on Saturday, May 6, 2017, please bring the completed log to the Kids of STEEL tent in Point State Park.  If you are not attending a race, please turn in your child’s log to the KOS site coordinator to receive the finisher prize.

Where do I pick up my child's race number, t-shirt and goody bag?
Kids of STEEL sites have the option to receive their students' race numbers and t-shirts prior to race day. If your child attends a Kids of STEEL site, please check with the Kids of STEEL site coordinator to see if they will be taking advantage of this option.

If your child’s Kids of STEEL site is not distributing items, or your child doesn’t attend a Kids of STEEL site, you have two options:

  1. Visit the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 5 between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Look for the Kids Marathon booth.
  2. Visit the 5K/Kids Marathon packet pick-up tent in Gold Lot 4 on race morning, Saturday, May 6. Gold Lot 4 is at the corner of West General Robinson Street and Mazeroski Way. Packet pick-up is open from 6:30 AM to 11:00 AM.

When should we arrive on race day?
We suggest you arrive 30 minutes before the assigned wave time. If you miss your heat, you can always jump into the next available one. Wave times will be posted 2-3 weeks in advance of the race.

What should we bring on race morning?

  • Race number for you and your child – Please complete the parent/guardian contact information on the back of your child’s race number before race day.  Race numbers need to be pinned to the front of the shirt. The white race number should be pinned to the child. The red race number should be pinned to the adult running with the child.
  • Training log – Bring the completed log to the Kids of STEEL tent at the Eat’n Park Finish Line Festival in Point State Park to receive your child’s finisher prize.
  • Hydration – There are no water stops on the Kids Marathon course. We will have water available for runners in the Finish Line area. You are welcome to bring your own hydration for your run.

Can an adult run with a child?
Yes! Each child is allowed one (1) adult to run with them for FREE. Please indicidate the adult's name during the child's race registration process. This allows event staff to anticipate how many adults are expected to run on race day.

If a second adult wants to participate with their child, additional adult entries are available for $10 at the Kids Marathon booth located with the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 5 and Saturday May 6 at the Packet Pickup booth on the North Shore. Proceeds benefit race registrations for underprivileged children.

How does the Family Reunion Area operate?
Children will be held in our family reunion area at the end of the finish line chute.Below are two options for claiming your child:

  • Running with a child - accompanying adults are permitted to exit through the "Parent with Child" exit area. Adults accompanying multiple children are required to have a ‘Kids Claim’ tag for each child in order to exit the Family Reunion Area.
  • Not running with a child - please be sure to detach the ‘Kid Claim’ tag from the bottom of your child's race number before the start of the race. Adults are required to provide the 'Kids Claim' tag to appropriate race volunteers in order for your child to exit the Family Reunion Area. Adults reuniting with more than one child is required to provide the ‘Kids Claim’ tag for each child in order to exit the Family Reunion Area.  

YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY.  PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH OUR CHILD CLAIM PROCESS AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE FAMILY REUNION VOLUNTEERS.

Is the Kids Marathon a timed race?
Our race is designed to be a fun-run where everyone's a winner! This is not a timed race. If your child’s time is important to him or her, please use a watch or a phone app to keep track of your child’s running time.  

What fun stuff is available after the race?
Join us after the race for the Eat'n Park 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.

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