The Pittsburgh Marathon is taking place this weekend, Sunday, May 15th, along with a Half Marathon and a Marathon Relay. While registration for all the races is closed, this popular event is expected to attract crowds of spectators! Whether you’re planning to run, walk or line the streets to celebrate and cheer on the marathoners, these are a few details you’ll need to know!
Date: Sunday, May 15th
Registration: Sold out
Start Time: Walkers 6 a.m.; Runners 7 a.m.
Getting Around Town:
Driving Downtown, in neighborhoods east, and in the North Side is expected to be challenging. Since Liberty Avenue and several other streets will be closed for several hours beginning at 5:15 a.m., marathon officials urge people who wish to park to get to the garages by 4 a.m. Although there will be parking on the North Shore near the finish line, as well as in the parking garages Downtown, spaces are expected to fill quickly, and street closures will prevent access to parking by 5:15 a.m. More information on street closures can be found at this link, and parking information can be found at this link.
There have been some route changes compared to years past. The Start Line for the Marathon, the Half Marathon, and the Marathon Relay is located at 6th Street and Liberty Avenue. The Finish Line for the Marathon, the Half Marathon, and the Marathon Relay is located on West General Robinson Street, between Heinz Field and PNC Park.
The marathon’s course, pending final approval, travels up and down the Strip, and crosses the Allegheny River to the North Side. It crosses the Ohio River southward at the West End Bridge, stretches down E. Carson Street, and crosses the Monongahela River via the Birmingham Bridge into Oakland. Traversing Oakland and Shadyside, the course extends past Point Breeze into Homewood before turning back to East Liberty, up to Highland Park, and through Friendship and Bloomfield. A second pass through the Strip District leads back into Downtown and the last leg of the course, with a final river crossing near PNC Park, ending at last at the North Shore.
For complete course maps, check out this link!