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 GNC Live Well 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 Blue Buffalo 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 GNC Live Well 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.
I’m not sure if I’m in the Steel Challenge?
If you are registered for the Saturday 5K and a Sunday race event, and your personal information matches in both registrations, you will automatically be included in the Steel Challenge. When you pick up your race bibs at the Expo, the Sunday race bib should say Steel Challenge on it. If it is missing from the Sunday race bib, please bring both of your bibs to the Information Booth in the Runner Services area of the Expo (near bibs and shirts).
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 email@example.com, 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:
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.
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 GNC Live Well 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.
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 a 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 with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and are able to offer runners entry into any event with the commitment 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. 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 will open in September. You will be able to 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.
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 Chick-fil-A 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.