Marathon Relay

Date: Sunday, May 7, 2017

Start: 7:00 AM Runners

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Registration Rates

Date  
2017 Registration Opens August 3, 2016  

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 2016 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 emailed a race packet confirmation ticket 1-2 weeks prior to the race weekend notifying them of their race number. 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. Participants are required to provide the following items in order to retrieve their race packet:

1. Race packet confirmation ticket (electronic or hard copy)

2. Photo ID

Race numbers are also 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 photo ID along with providing the following items. 

1. Packet Pickup Slip

2. Participants race packet confirmation ticket (if available)

Construction in Pittsburgh will alter the 2017 Marathon Relay course.  We've already started a course redesign and will share it as soon as we are able.

Click here to view the 2016 Marathon Relay course. 

A map of the start corrals can be found here

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.

The chart below reflects the 2016 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 

THESE ARE THE UPDATED FINALIZED 2016 DISTANCES: 

Leg  From           To               Relay Exchange Location                                 Distance
1 Start Line Exchange 1 Fort Duquesne Blvd (Between the 9th & 7th street bridges) 4.2 miles
2 Exchange 1 Exchange 2 Carson Street at Smithfield Street Bridge (Near Station Sq) 4.9 miles
3 Exchange 2 Exchange 3 5th Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard 6.2 miles
4 Exchange 3 Exchange 4 Baum Boulevard between S. Aiken & Liberty Avenue 6.7 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 offices and support are contracted for specific times and cannot be extended. 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 permitted 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. 

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. 2016 Finishers Certificates coming soon. 

For timing related issues ONLY, please email anne@gaultracemanagement.com 

Photos

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.

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

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 Traing 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 gallowayprogram@steelcityrrc.org

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