Marathon Relay

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Start: 7:00 AM Runners



Registration Rates

March 2 - April 9, 2017 $375

Online registration closes 11:59 PM April 9, 2017.


Team Captain Registration Process

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.

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.

UPDATED: Click here to read the 2017 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 Street 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.

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

Packet Pickup is located at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 5, 2017 and Saturday, May 6, 2017. Click here for Expo hours and location.

All marathon, half marathon and marathon relay participants will be able to look up their race number 1-2 weeks prior to race weekend. Kids marathon, 5K and pet walk race numbers are organized in alphabetical order and do not require a confirmation ticket. 

Race packet confirmation tickets will NOT be mailed or emailed. Participants are required to provide the following items in order to retrieve their race packet:

1. Race Number 

2. Photo ID

Race numbers are available for look-up via the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon app OR by visiting the Race Number Look-Up kiosks located within the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo race weekend. 

Pick Up For Another Participant

Participants may authorize another individual to retrieve the race packet on their behalf. The individual picking up the packet is required to show (their own) photo ID along with providing the following items. 

1. Packet Pickup Slip

2. Race Number (available for lookup in the Mobile App, on the website, or at the Expo)

Click here to view the 2017 Marathon Relay course. 

Pittsburgh is known for its rivers and bridges and the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay course will not disappoint.  You’ll cross Pittsburgh’s three rivers over five different bridges each with their own distinct architecture and incredible views of the city.  Your tour of the city will take you through 13 different and unique neighborhoods featuring festivals, bands, and cheerathoners that will keep you motivated and smiling all the way to the finish line.

Please note, the chart below reflects the updated distances for the 2017 Marathon Relay Course Exchange Zones. 

  • USA Track and Field certified course
  • Fluid and medical aid stations are positioned along the course 
  • Water and Gatorade will be offered at every fluid station 
  • Power 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 


Leg  From           To               Relay Exchange Location                                 Distance
1 Start Line Exchange 1 North Shore Drive btwn Mazeroski Way & Tony Dorsett Dr. 5.3 miles
2 Exchange 1 Exchange 2 Carson Street at Smithfield Street Bridge (Near Station Sq) 3.8 miles
3 Exchange 2 Exchange 3 5th Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard 6.4 miles
4 Exchange 3 Exchange 4 Baum Boulevard between S. Aiken & Liberty Avenue 6.5 miles
5 Exchange 4 Finish Line Boulevard of the Allies near Wood St. 4.2 miles

Registration Rules

  • No refunds or deferments of entry fees 
  • Minimum age for Marathon Relay: 14 on May 7, 2017 
  • Paper/mail-in registrations will not be accepted after January 1, 2017

Course Rules

  • 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 
  • Push rim and hand crank wheelchairs are permitted on the Marathon course ONLY; no wheelchairs are permitted on the Half Marathon course. Click here for more information. 

Course Time Limits

City streets, police officers and support are contracted for specific times and cannot be extended. Some easy points to remember: all runners must be to the 16th Street Bridge by 8:20 AM, the West End Bridge by 9:15 AM and the Birmingham Bridge by 10:20 AM. 

The overall course pace is 14:00 minutes per mile. If you cannot adhere to the permitted pace per mile, you will be asked to board a sweep vehicle that will take you to 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.

Drug Policy

The DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon has a zero tolerance drug policy.

Athletes who participate in DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon events may be subject to drug testing conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Athletes with positive drug test results will forfeit any prize money and will be disqualified from the event in which such athlete participated. 

Race Results/Finisher Certificates

Congratulations to all of the 2016 participants! Click here to view results for Sunday, May 1, 2016. 

Click on any event below to download your 2016 finisher certificate. 

For timing related issues ONLY, please email 


Click here to see the official photos from our official photography partner MarathonFoto. 

Award Rules

All finishing participants will receive a finisher medal.

Prizes will be awarded to the top 3 male, female and co-ed 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.


For results from previous years, please click here. 

We want to help you successfully meet your race goals this May! Whether it's completing the Marathon under 4 hours or beating the course time limits, we're offering training support to meet your needs. Check out the options below and find the one that's best for you.

Steel City Road Runners

The Steel City Road Runners is Pittsburgh's largest running club. RRCA and USATF certified coaches offer customized training plans for marathon and half marathon participants as well as for beginners. The group meets three times a week for speed workouts, tempo training and long runs. Click here for more information on the Steel City Road Runners

Galloway Training Program

The Galloway Training Program is open to anyone who is interested in running a marathon, half marathon, 5K or just getting started. The training group welcomes all levels, from beginners to Boston qualifiers. Participants will follow a customized training plan and join the Steel City Road Runners for Saturday morning group runs. For more information, please email

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