Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend: Everything You Need to Know

From road closures to parking and how to reunite with your marathoner after the race –– this handy guide has everything you need to know for enjoying one of Pittsburgh's busiest weekends of the year.

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More than 40,000 members of “Pittsburgh’s fourth sports team” will take their marks Sunday morning in the 2017 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.

No matter your role this weekend, here’s what you need to know.


For runners:
This year’s route was changed due to construction, and many say it is for the better. The race will lead runners through 14 neighborhoods, over three rivers and past landmarks such as PNC Park, Heinz Field, PPG Paints Arena and the Cathedral of Learning, just to name a few.

In addition to the usual suggestions of staying hydrated and carbo-loading, runners should take note of the 16 aid stations located throughout the course. Each will be staffed with medical personnel and first aid supplies.

There also will be 23 fluid stations stocked with water and lemon-lime Gatorade. Restroom facilities also will be available.

At the finish line, runners will be rewarded with a beer tent, bagels, bananas, cookies, fruit bowls, chips and bottled water. You can reunite with family and friends at Point State Park using the alphabetical markers set up by last name.

This year’s race theme is black and gold. Runners and spectators alike are asked to dress accordingly. It also a good idea to brush up on your marathon manners.

photos by John Marino via flickr creative commons


For spectators:
Though the marathon is the main event, spectators will find that there’s much more to race day than the 26.2-mile run. Forty bands and 30 cheerathon groups will be dispersed throughout each neighborhood along the route as a way to keep runners motivated.

Many neighborhoods host festivals on Marathon Sunday. Here are a few prime viewing spots to set up camp and cheer on the runners.

Finding your loved one is a sea of runners is no easy task. To help, you can sign up to receive location updates via Facebook, Twitter or text message. Runners will be tracked at five locations for the marathon and relay and three locations for the half marathon.

The bottom line on parking, plan ahead and arrive early.  Use this list of suggested parking lots and garages.


For everyone else:

With a marathon, half marathon, relay, fitness expo, steel challenge, toddler trot, kid's marathon and pet walk all on the schedule, it will be a busy weekend in the ’Burgh.

If you’re planning to drive in or around the city, check out this downtown map or driving guide before you go.

Road closures will start on Friday. See a complete list here.

And remember…


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