Spectators

Spectators come out and join the fun of Race Day! But make sure you know how to get around, how to find your runner, what entertainment to seek out and more.

: Come out and join the fun of Race Day! But make sure you know how to get around, how to find your runner, what entertainment to seek out and more.

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Road Closures

Initial Downtown road closures will begin on Friday, May 5 starting at 12:00 p.m. on the Boulevard of the Allies between Wood Street and Stanwix Street. This section of the Boulevard of the Allies will remain closed through Sunday.

For Saturday, May 6 events (Pittsburgh 5K and Kids Marathon), North Shore and Downtown road closures will start at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and continue until 12:00 p.m.

For Sunday, May 7 events (Marathon, Half Marathon and Relay), Downtown road closures will start at 1:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 7 and continue around the city through 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, May 7.

For detailed road closure information, click here. If you need to travel around the city on race day, see our "Getting Around Town" maps below. Please note, certain sections of the city will be completely closed off to traffic on race day. Anyone in these sections of the city that will need to leave during the race, should consider parking their car outside the area. 

Re-open times indicated on the Road Closure Chart are an estimate ONLY. Streets will re-open on a rolling basis once they have been deemed cleared by city officials. 

Getting Around Town Maps

If you need to travel around the city on race day, use these helpful maps to guide you through the detours:

Please note, certain sections of the city will be completely closed off to traffic on race day. Anyone in these sections of the city that will need to leave during the race, should consider parking their car outside the area. 

Want a different way to watch the race on Sunday, May 7?  

Check out our Bike Spectator Map or Cyclists Guide to Marathon Sunday Map - with helpful indicators of where you can rent bikes at the Healthy Ride Stations!  

 

Find all of your favorite bands, cheer groups and Neighborhood festivals along the course on race weekend and help them root on our Runners Of Steel! 

Bands

Visit the Bands page to see where all of your favorite bands are playing along the course!

Cheer Groups

Visit the Cheerathoners page to see which groups will be out cheering on our Runners of Steel and feel free to join them!  

And now - for the parties happening in the 14 eclectic neighborhoods along the course! 

Neighborhood Festivals

If you are coming out to cheer on our Runners of Steel, be sure to stop by one of these fun neighborhood festivals! Further details about the festival activities are available on the mobile app. 

 

 

More ways than ever to keep track of your favorite #RunnerofSteel!

Runner Tracking

Track your favorite Runners Of Steel on race day with LIVE Athlete Updates sent as Facebook, Twitter or Text updates. Runners will be tracked at the following locations on the course:

  • Relay Teams*: 4.4 Mile, 9.1 Mile, 13.1 Mile, 15.5 Mile, 20 Mile (*Please note, if you sign up to track one member of a Relay team, you will receive alerts for the entire Team, not just one person)
  • Half Marathon: 4.4 Mile, 9.1 Mile, 12 Mile
  • Marathon: 4.4 Mile, 9.1 Mile, 13.1 Mile, 15.5 Mile, 20 Mile

Please note, for a cheat sheet of instructions on how to sign up with Runner Tracking, click here

RaceJoy

There is free tracking and cheer sending in the RaceJoy mobile app for DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay and UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run! If you carry your phone during the race, you can receive audio progress alerts as you complete the course. These are sent out at every mile. Also, people can track your blue dot move on a map and send you fun cheers! Download RaceJoy now to get set up.

Spectators, this app will allow you to follow your runners, add audio cheer clips, receive NearMe alerts and find your runners after the race with Meetup.

First, download the RaceJoy app on your Apple or Android device. Choose “All Races” and select “Pittsburgh Marathon.” Register as a participant or spectator. Note: Participants must be registered through the app to be eligible to be tracked.

Click here to learn how to set up tracking for yourself and up to 50 other people and how to verify that you are tracking.

Notice Congested Call Cell Conditions Expected
Highly congested cell conditions are expected at the START and FINISH areas of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.  We suggest you wait to turn on your tracking until around Mile One, if you experience issues connecting.  This will also help to preserve your battery since your phone will continue to try to make a connection when poor cell conditions exist.

MOBILE APP: FIND-A-FRIEND FEATURE

Info coming soon.

Reunite with your family and friends after the race at Family Reunion located within the Finish Line Festival at Point State Park. 
 
Alphabetical markers will be set up by last name to guide families where to meet after the race. When making plans to reunite with your family and friends, consider the time it will take you to navigate through the finish area. Be sure to devise a back-up plan in the event that you cannot locate your party.
Having difficulty locating your friend or family member who is participating in the race? Visit the Red Cross truck located on Liberty Avenue near the entrance to the Gateway Garage. Red Cross volunteers will assist you with locating your friend or family member.

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