Pittsburgh Marathon Runners Virtually Cross the Finish Line
Runners finish their races apart with virtual support from friends and family.
The weekend of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon usually comes with fanfare and excitement as streets close and people line the roads to cheer on participants in the marathon, half marathon, 5K and other events. While the in-person weekend of events was canceled, runners still crossed finished lines and virtually shared their successes.
Most ran their races the same weekend the marathon had been scheduled, with more than 13,000 runners timing themselves and crossing their own finish lines in 43 states and five countries. Friends and family members offered their support on social media through the hashtag #MOVEPittsburgh.
“This year was different and inspiring and has made me even happier to be part of the Pittsburgh running community,” participant Becky Willis says.
Runners had the flexibility to run their own courses; the marathon operations team compiled a list of potential courses around the city. Organizers also introduced a virtual scavenger hunt for those participating in events.
Those who signed up to participate virtually can upload their time after finishing their run. Along with a certificate, runners will receive their race gear in the mail when it’s safe. See the list of participants here.