FAQsFrequently Asked Questions

Join us and MOVE at the 2020 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon race weekend events! Activities begin on Friday, May 1, 2020 with the Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo.

On Saturday, May 2, we’ll host the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot and Pittsburgh Pet Walk.

The weekend will culminate on Sunday, May 3, 2020 with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, and FedEx 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. Hotel blocks will be available soon.

How do I get my race packet?
The Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo will take place on Friday, May 1 from 11 AM - 8 PM, and Saturday, May 2 from 9 AM - 6 PM. You can collect your race packet as well as enjoy vendors, giveaways and photo ops as you get ready for your race on Sunday.

Before race weekend, we will post a bib look-up page on our website. To claim your race packet you will need your bib number and a photo ID. You will also receive an email with your race number for the Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay or 5K. The Kids Marathon, Toddler Trot and Pet Walk will be picked up alphabetically by last name.

We do not mail any race packets. If you cannot attend the Expo hours, you can send someone else to pick it up for you (they’ll need your bib number and their own photo ID). Full, Half and Relay participants that can't attend the Expo have the option of purchasing the Will Call service for late packet pickup. For more information on Will Call, please scroll down to the Registration Questions section below.

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, 2020.

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 if I receive the incorrect medal when I finish my race?
You can exchange for the correct medal at the Info Booth at the Finish Line Festival.

What are the age restrictions for each race?
Participants must meet the minimum age requirement by race day (May 3, 2020) 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. Please note that all requests are due by March 1, 2020.

I can’t remember if I registered. How can I confirm my race entry?
Click here for the searchable "Confirm Registration" feature on Race Roster.

How do I edit my participant details or change my shirt size?
Click here for directions on how to update participant details like phone number, address and shirt size. The deadline to update this information is March 31, 2020.

How do I sign up for the Steel Challenge?
When registering for a Sunday event in Race Roster, you will have the option to register for the 5K as an add-on product. Please select the "Steel Challenge - Add on the 5K Race" to register for both a Sunday event and for the 5K. 

If you do not select this add on in the registration process, you will receive a coupon code for $10 off the 5K in your confirmation email. You can visit Race Roster to register for the 5K separately. Be sure to use the discount code when doing so, as discounts are not retroactive.
If you are registered for the 5K on Saturday and a Sunday race with the same registration information for both races, you are automatically entered into the Steel Challenge.

Medals are claimed at the Steel Challenge tent in the Finish Line Festival at Point State Park after you complete your Sunday race. Click here for more details on the Steel Challenge.

How do I transfer to another race event? (e.g. move from the Full to the Half Marathon)?
If you would like to transfer your registration to another sub-event, please click here to be taken to our registration page. From our registration page click on “Transfer” from the left or right side navigation bars. Once logged into your Race Roster account, click “To a New Sub-Event” in the blue box and complete the steps as directed. If necessary, click here for detailed directions on how to transfer from one sub-event to another from Race Roster. 

If you registered via a paper registration form, your event change will need to be processed through our office. Please email info@p3r.org to get this change started.

Please note there will be a $15 fee to transfer to a new sub-event + any applicable change in registration fees. 
I purchased insurance through Ticket Guardian for 2020 Marathon Weekend of events. How do I submit a claim?
Please visit https://www.ticketguardian.net/standard-protection-tc to view Ticket Guardian’s standard coverage policy. You can email them at hello@ticketguardian.net or call 844-849-4827.

I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?
The DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon doesn't offer refunds or deferrals. But you may transfer your registration to another runner. 

How do I transfer my race entry to another runner?
If you would like to transfer your registration to a new participant, please click here to be taken to our registration page. From our registration page click on “Transfer” from the left or right side navigation bars. Once logged into your Race Roster account, click “Transfer to a New Participant” in the blue box and complete the steps as directed. If necessary, click here for detailed directions on how to transfer your registration to a new participant from Race Roster. 

Please note the new participant will pay a $15 transfer fee. The original participant will not receive a refund. The exchange of monies is between the original participant and the new participant.   
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, 2020.
I can’t attend the Expo. How can I purchase the Will Call service? (late packet pickup)
Will Call service is only available for Sunday races (Full, Half and Relay). If you cannot attend the normal hours of the Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo, you can purchase the Will Call service (late packet pickup) for $20. We will pack up your race number, participant shirt and goody bag before the Expo begins. You can purchase or cancel Will Call through April 30. Will Call service can currently be added to your cart while checking out in Race Roster. If you need to add Will Call services after you have already registered please email info@p3r.org or call 412-586-7785.
Pickup will be available on Saturday, May 2, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM in the Wyndham Grand Hotel, and Sunday, May 3, race morning, from 5:00 – 6:30 AM at the Info Booth in Point State Park. 

If your plans have changed and you want to cancel and refund your Will Call service, please email info@p3r.org through April 30.

Can I change my personalized bib name?
The deadline for updating your personalized bib name is March 31, 2020. You can edit this in your Race Roster dashboard.

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 soon.

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 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.

One of our teammates can no longer participate. How do we swap them out?
The registered runner must transfer their registration to the new runner. Please see the Transfer to Another Runner directions above, in the Registration FAQ section.

Does a relay team need to have 5 runners?
No, a relay team can function with 2-5 team members. If your team has less than 5 members, at least one teammate will be required to run consecutive legs to complete the 26.2 mile course. 

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.

What is the deadline to register for a relay team?
All team members must register on their relay team by April 30, 2020. Thereafter, team members will incur a $50 per person fee to register on a relay team at the Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo during operating hours.

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 do I sign up to participate as a charity runner?
For step-by-step instructions, please click here.

How do I receive a FREE race entry through the charity program?
You must register to run for an official charity and pay for your registration fee. Upon meeting a fundraising minimum, you will receive a refund on your registration (less any processing fees). Please click here to see the list of official charity partners.

How much do I need to fundraise in order to receive a refund on my registration fee?
Fundraising minimums are put in place by P3R and vary by sub-event. Please see below for each fundraising minimum.
  • Marathon — $500
  • Half Marathon — $400
  • Marathon Relay Team — $1,000
  • 5K — $150
  • Kids Marathon — $50
  • Toddler Trot — $50
  • Pet Walk — $50

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 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 of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Runners fundraising for an official charity will receive a refund on their registration (less processing fees) if they reach their fundraising minimum.

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 or requirement involved. Runners interested in running for a contributing charity will not be able to link their registration to a fundraising page and will not receive a refund for reaching a fundraising minimum.

How can a nonprofit join the charity community?
Applications to become a contributing charity are now available. You can find the link on pittsburghmarathon.com/charities.

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?
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.

  1. Visit the Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 1 between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Look for the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine 5K Run booth.
  2. Visit the 5K/Kids Marathon packet pick-up tent in Gold Lot 4 on race morning, Saturday, May 2. 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. Please note shirt sizes may be limited on race morning.

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 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.