How to Watch the Pittsburgh Marathon With a Pint in Your Hand

... Or a pancake on your fork.


Photo by Greg Hauenstein
 

Like everything around here, the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon has grown steadily over the years. It’s a Pittsburgh tradition. After all, the Three Rivers Arts Festival went from a quiet outdoor gallery show to a 10-day extravaganza. Every Penguins playoff game spills over to envelop the entire Lower Hill. And don’t tell me that Kennywood and Sandcastle don’t have a manifest destiny thing going where they plan to keep expanding until they meet somewhere around the Rankin Bridge.

So what was once a race is now a weekend. There’s the marathon and half-marathon, sure, but there’s also a Kids Marathon, a 5K, a Relay and — yes — a Pet Walk (which provides for the best single sentence on the event website: “If your pet is in heat, please leave her at home.” Always good advice.) Don’t actually wanna lace up your shoes and/or leashes? You can still take in the two-day fitness expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center or the massive post-race festivities at Point State Park. (Check out the full schedule of events for even more, including pasta.)

But perhaps you’d just like to watch the athletes in action without any exertion. Perhaps you’d like a frosty beverage in your hand at the time. Maybe a snack, even. Well, because the Pittsburgh Marathon winds through some of our favorite neighborhoods, we’re happy to provide a rundown of spots where you can kick back and watch the more-athletically inclined do their thing.



Sadly, we can’t comment on watching a marathon without addressing recent events. The marathon has added a rundown of safety procedures and advice here. Still, we know that there are some who will feel uneasy, to say the least, at the prospect of taking in the race. And that’s OK. If you’d like to support from home, you can watch the race on your computer and even receive text alerts about the progress of individual runners. And by the way, make sure you stop by the fitness expo sometime this weekend and grab a Boston Strong bracelet — the Pittsburgh Marathon is teaming up with races in Cleveland and Cincinnati to raise funds for the Boston One Fund.

If you are planning on heading to the marathon, though, here are our picks.

  • Your earliest chance at catching the race might be in the Strip. After an initial jaunt down Liberty Avenue, the course turns at 29th and doubles back along Penn. And since it’ll be early — the race starts at 7 a.m. — how ‘bout breakfast? Grab a plate at DeLuca’s after you cheer on the early leaders — hang out long enough, and you can transition over to Roland’s Seafood Grill at 10 for a wake-up brew.
  • It’s a more distant view of the action, but you can grab a Bloody Mary and find a pretty good vantage point from within Rivers Casino; runners will cross over the nearby West End Bridge (easily seen from the Grandview Buffet) and then head back toward downtown along Carson Street (visible from the Drum Bar).
  • Yes, we said Carson Street — the race goes through the heart of the South Side. Options for both grub and drinks will likely be too numerous to name, but arrive pre-race to try and suss out just who will be opening early for the event; the race is only a few hours after Saturday night action winds down, so some favorites might skip the festivities.
  • Brunch on Walnut Street? That’ll do nicely, as the race diverts off of Fifth Avenue just to hit the posh block. We’re not sure about bars, but Pamela’s will be open. And a stack of hotcakes is just as good as a beer.
  • By the time they open for business, the winners will have passed — but Sunday Brunch begins at Del’s Bar in Bloomfield at 11 a.m. Hit up the waffle bar and cheer on the warriors rounding Liberty for the home stretch. It’s great to see the elite runners vying for the lead, but it’s even better to watch a first-timer pushing themselves through to the end. Let ’em know that their time isn’t what matters.
     
Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow Tags

The 412

RMU President Named to College Football Playoff Committee

RMU President Named to College Football Playoff Committee

Chris Howard will help decide which four teams will vie each year for college football’s national championship.
Watch: Preview of Fascinating Rachel Carson Documentary

Watch: Preview of Fascinating Rachel Carson Documentary

Carson, a native of Springdale, is credited with launching the modern environmental movement. She is the subject of a new “American Experience” documentary airing Jan. 24 on PBS.
Joe Manganiello Knocks off Superman, Batman is Next

Joe Manganiello Knocks off Superman, Batman is Next

The Mt. Lebanon native and insanely loyal Pittsburgh Steelers fan is engaging in superhero trash talk with one of his movie co-stars.
Pipe Dream? Get From Pittsburgh to Chicago in 30 Minutes

Pipe Dream? Get From Pittsburgh to Chicago in 30 Minutes

Developers say such a trip, at speeds faster than a passenger jet, could be possible in five years.
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hot Reads

The Best Bars in Pittsburgh Right Now

The Best Bars in Pittsburgh Right Now

Many Pittsburgh bars have solid beer lists, well-mixed cocktails or a bartender who's handy with a shot and a story. We need more than that. What makes these bars the best?
View Pittsburgh & Its People From The 1850s Through Today

View Pittsburgh & Its People From The 1850s Through Today

#pixburgh: A Photographic Experience features images from the Sen. John Heinz History Center vault, which contains close to one million images. The show features a sampling of 400 images from the 1850s through today — including landmarks, fun, folly and floods.
In Concert: What's Next for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra?

In Concert: What's Next for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra?

Melia Tourangeau, CEO and president of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, looks to lead the ensemble forward after a discordant strike.
Restaurant Review: Umami in Lawrenceville

Restaurant Review: Umami in Lawrenceville

Umami sets the bar for izakaya openings in Pittsburgh. But its owners still have steps to take to keep raising the standard.
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

On the Blogs


RMU President Named to College Football Playoff Committee

RMU President Named to College Football Playoff Committee

Chris Howard will help decide which four teams will vie each year for college football’s national championship.

Comments


All the foodie news that's fit to blog
Restaurant Industry Fundraiser to Aid Injured Chef

Restaurant Industry Fundraiser to Aid Injured Chef

Zach Behm was chef de cuisine at Cure in Upper Lawrenceville at the time of a July car wreck.

Comments


Not just good stuff. Great stuff.
The Best 6 Places to Get a Cup of Tea in Pittsburgh

The Best 6 Places to Get a Cup of Tea in Pittsburgh

The quiet rise of Pittsburgh's tea scene gives us a few favorite gems.

Comments


Popularity of The Flats on Carson is a Mystery

Popularity of The Flats on Carson is a Mystery

After Dark visits the South Side bar which attracts big crowds on the weekend — and, on Sunday, was the scene of a well-publicized arrest.

Comments


Mike Prisuta's Sports Section

A weekly look at the games people are playing and the people who are playing them.
Tomlin Needs to Be Tomlin Against Brady, Belichick

Tomlin Needs to Be Tomlin Against Brady, Belichick

The Steelers are going to have to attack the game to survive it, to grab it by the throat and choke it to the desired conclusion.

Comments


Style. Design. Goods. Hide your credit card.
Tantalizing Textiles for the Table

Tantalizing Textiles for the Table

Check out the chic decor from Pittsburgh-based artist and designer Janice Nelson.

Comments


The movies that are playing in Pittsburgh –– and, more importantly, whether or not they're worth your time.
Scorsese's Silence Proves Worth the Wait (and the Weight)

Scorsese's Silence Proves Worth the Wait (and the Weight)

Reviews of "Silence," "Live by Night" and "Patriot's Day."

Comments


Everything you need to know about getting married in Pittsburgh today.
Pittsburgh Romance: How Their Love Survived Long-Distance

Pittsburgh Romance: How Their Love Survived Long-Distance

From coast to coast and continent to continent, these couples showed that absence really does make the heart grow fonder.

Comments


Weekly inspiration for your home from the editors of Pittsburgh Magazine
Urban Fit Co. Opening Flagship Shop in Sewickley

Urban Fit Co. Opening Flagship Shop in Sewickley

The locally owned active wear boutique is slated to open in March. Plus, get all the details on Pittsburgh’s new luxury residential real estate firm, Piatt Sotheby’s International Realty.

Comments


The hottest topics in higher education
Pittsburgh Artist’s Work to be Featured at Thiel College

Pittsburgh Artist’s Work to be Featured at Thiel College

Benedict Oddi’s collection “Scouts and Nomads” will be on display in a campus gallery.

Comments