Show Your Pittsburgh Pride at the Yinzer 4.12K Run

The event supports Light of Life Rescue Mission, which provides support to those experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction.


The Pittsburgh Marathon may be over, but that doesn’t mean you have to wait until next year to take part in another city run. 

Light of Life Rescue Mission, in partnership with the marathon race organization group P3R, will once again host its annual Yinzer 4.12K and Lil’ Yinzer Fun Run — this year, celebrating its 10th anniversary. 

Scheduled for Aug. 20, the event will take runners — and walkers — on a trek across the North Side toward PNC Park, around the home plate entrance and down West General Robinson Street. Participants will then round the bend and pass the Light of Life Rescue Mission on Voeghtly Street.

The main event spans 4.12 kilometers — or about 2.5 miles — in honor of the city’s first area code, 412. Lil’ Yinzers, ages 13 and under, will run .412 kilometers, or about a quarter of a mile.

All participants, including Lil’ Yinzers, will receive a race shirt, medal and goody bag. Proceeds from the event benefit Light of Life Rescue Mission, which aims to provide essentials like food and emergency services to those experiencing homelessness, poverty or addiction. Since 2018, Light of Life has raised $63,000 through this event.

“This year we are celebrating the 10th anniversary of the race and are thrilled with how much the event has grown and how much impact it has had on our organization,” said Jerrel Gilliam,  executive director of Light of Life Rescue Mission, in a statement.

This year marks the second partnership with P3R, which is helping to produce and manage the event. In 2021, the event had the largest participation to date with more than 700 runners and walkers.

“When we partner with organizations like Light of Life, our goal is not only to execute a premier event for our city but also give participants a fun experience to move with their friends and family while also making an impact in their community, ” said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO, in a statement. “Through our partnership, we hope to continue to grow this event while making it a must-do Pittsburgh event for movers of all ages.”  

Participants are encouraged to wear their Pittsburgh pride on their sleeves — and on the rest of their outfit, too. The event welcomes runners and walkers to dress up in ways that represent the city to them, whether that’s your favorite Steelers jersey or something paying homage to a local landmark or legend.

You can register for the 4.12K event for $35 and the Lil’ Yinzer run for $25. If you can’t make it out in person but still want to participate, the race also has a virtual component; an extra $5 from each virtual registration will go toward Light of Life.

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