Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend is Here
Do you plan on running or observing? Either way, we've got the lowdown on what's happening this weekend.
MARATHON WEEKEND OFFERS RUNS FOR EVERYONE
Take a quick look at the schedule for the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and you’ll notice that there’s much more to the event than a single race. If you’re running, you’re already registered, trained and raring to go (take note — it could get warm this weekend, so remember to hydrate the day before the race and get your carbs on the course). If you’re not, then your involvement in the race weekend comes down to one question: Whom do you want to see run? If the answer is yourself, head to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center on Friday for the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo, which will give you the pointers and gear to begin your own path to a future big race. If the answer is adorable kids and pets, Saturday is your day; catch the Toyota Kids Marathon at 9:30 a.m. and bring Fido to the Purina Pro Plan Pet Walk at noon. If you want to cheer on the racers, find a spot along the course early Sunday morning; the race kicks off at 7 a.m.
(Click here for info on all marathon events)
BABCOCK’S RUM RUNNER’S SALOON TAKES THE BAR EXAM
A life-size statue of the liquor mascot Captain Morgan stands in front of Rum Runner’s Saloon, a spacious bar and restaurant on Babcock Boulevard in Ross Township. So that’s a pretty big clue — there are rum-based concoctions inside, and plenty of them. But this is no faux-island pretender; Rum Runner’s is a surprisingly relaxing suburban escape. See how it holds up to the Bar Exam — and find out which pub-food staple is done better here than anywhere else in town — in this week’s edition of After Dark!
CRAFTS AND DRAFTS RETURNS TO PROVIDE GIFTS FOR MOM AND DAD
Shopping for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day can be a tricky proposition. Weighing options, trying to remember what you bought last year, the ever-challenging efforts to coordinate gifts with siblings — all this stress calls for a beer. And we’ve got a two-birds, one-stone kind of solution. Head to East End Brewing Co. Saturday for Crafts and Drafts, where gifts from more than a dozen local artists will be available alongside East End brews and Commonplace Coffee. Grab something local and remarkable for both Mom and Dad, and if you work up an appetite in the process, you’re set; a food truck roundup including PGH Taco Truck, the Franktuary truck and more will take good care of you.
(147 Julius St., Larimer; noon-5 p.m.; more info here)
IN THEATERS: This week brings the superhero sequel “Avengers: Age of Ultron” to cinemas, and every other studio has decided to clear out of the way; no film is bold enough to open opposite Iron Man and friends. Good thing; some analysts are predicting that the Marvel film will post the biggest opening-weekend tally ever.
The Edgewood Symphony Orchestra celebrates Pittsburgh’s love of sports and music this Sunday at the Carnegie Music Hall in Oakland. Details and tickets here.
It’s a family-friendly fest of brass instruments and (potluck) barbecue in Schenley Park this Saturday: Pittonkatonk returns.