Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

Hines Ward Vies for IRONMAN Status

Seven months ago, the former Steeler couldn’t run more than one mile. Now he’s trying to conquer 140.

Hines Ward’s life off the football field has never been dull. He showed off his footwork on “Dancing with the Stars,” joined up with some zombies on “The Walking Dead,” and now the retired Steeler great is preparing to take on a 140.6-mile IRONMAN race in Kona, Hawaii, next month.

The IRONMAN World Championship is not for the faint of heart. It’s a 2.4-mile, open-water swim; a 112-mile bike race in winds of up to 60 miles per hour; and a marathon (26.2 miles) that must be completed in 17 hours.

But then you have to consider that Hines Ward was a Super Bowl MVP.

But he still needed some training. Back in February, Ward couldn’t run more than a mile. Seven months later, and 30 pounds lighter — less than he weighed in high school — he’s ready for the Oct. 12 competition.

An online documentary series will air video of his training process, and NBC will also be following his race, with a plan to air it in November. On race day, IronmanLIVE.com will broadcast the event. Catch Ward at one of those times to view him in the “Super Bowl of Triathlons.”

Want more? Don't miss our interview with Ward. He talks retirement, sacrifice and — of course — the Ravens.

(Illustration by Jordan Merchant)


#Art: Looking for Theater in the Unlikeliest Places


Pittsburghers are generally pretty great about finding under-used spaces and making them better. The team behind “Unlisted: Second Steel” aren’t all ’Burghers, but they know a good bit about awesome stuff in unlikely places.

Produced by locally born theater collective Yinzerspielen, Unlisted will perform three original works this week at a trio of nontraditional sites: a pair of adjacent lots in the Hill District, TOWNHOUSE in East Liberty and a North Side parking lot. The performances, each by an international team of artists, will explore the way we — both as ’Burghers and, you know, humans — use our urban spaces.

This is the second “Unlisted;” the project debuted a year ago in Belgrade, Serbia. The shows, which run from tonight through Saturday, are free and open to the public. Get the exact showtimes and locations here.


What’s happening today?



  • If your kid plays a string instrument and is looking for a little more practice, the Westmoreland Symphony Orchestra offers extra lessons every Wednesday. —  6:30-8 p.m.

Edit ModuleShow Tags
Edit Module

Edit ModuleShow TagsEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module
Edit ModuleShow Tags

The Battle of The Hollywood

Dormont's historic Hollywood Theater faces an uncertain future after news of a potential sale prompted an immediate public furor.

Three Rivers Champion: Cecile Springer

A self-proclaimed “loudmouth,” Springer says her favorite part of volunteering is meeting other people and persuading them to do what she wants them to do.

Phantom Thread Is, Somehow, Both Unpleasant and Lovely

Reviews of "Phantom Thread," "Call Me By Your Name," "Den of Thieves" and new animated releases, plus local movie news and notes.

Nominate the Best! Pittsburgh Magazine's 2018 Readers' Poll

What is Pittsburgh's best breakfast joint? Dive bar? Yoga studio? Local singer? Meteorologist? It's time to nominate your local favorites in multiple categories.

Amazon Includes Pittsburgh in its Top-20 List for HQ2

The list of 20 was narrowed from 238 proposals Amazon received in October. So which other cities made the cut?

Restaurant Review: or, The Whale

The Downtown restaurant is a captivating, if costly, catch.

Celebrating 5 Pittsburghers Who Built Careers Behind the Bar

Pittsburgh is a city that celebrates its neighborhood bars. In some of those spots, second- and third-generation regulars are pulling up their stools to be served by someone who started pouring drinks decades ago.

Second Chances: Crossroads in the Kitchen

People working to overcome substance abuse problems and ex-offenders discover a welcoming environment in restaurant kitchens.

How to Pamper Yourself in Pittsburgh

Looking to beat the winter doldrums? We round up the best places and experiences for a little personal indulgence.

Miss Pusadee's Garden? We Have Some Good News.

The Tongdee family now operates Burgh Thai in Verona.

The Growing Popularity of Shooting a Clay Pigeon

Skeet shooting is taking off as a favored western Pennsylvania hobby.

Steelers' No. 1 Problem Makes Others Pale in Comparison

Until they solve it, the Steelers are more of a Fantasy League team than they are a Super Bowl team.

New series ‘$1’ to be filmed in Pittsburgh

The mystery thriller is latest to cash in on the city’s filming opportunities.

Andrew McCutchen: Thanks for the Memories

It's hard to overemphasize McCutchen's impact on the Pirates and its fan base.

How to Make a Mt. Washington Wedding Proposal Even Better

A lot of grooms-to-be propose on Mt. Washington. Not many decorate beforehand.