PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – Pittsburgh will be a busy place on Sunday, between the Great Race and the Steelers playing on the North Shore.
So if you are traveling into town, make sure you have a plan.
The Great Race 5K run and fitness walk kicks off at 8 a.m. in Oakland. The 10K run begins an hour-and-a-half later in Frick Park.
Parking will be limited at both starting lines, so event officials have a recommendation.
They say park downtown and take the shuttles that will be running from the Gateway T station to both starting points.
“If you’re going to park downtown and you’re going to ride our shuttles,” said Great Race Logistics Manager Brian Katze, “we recommend you be downtown by 6 o’clock, so you can start boarding the shuttles at 6:15 and avoid the downtown road closures.”
The races will mean road closures from the East End to Point State Park.
The good news: those restrictions should all be lifted about two hours before kickoff at Heinz Field.
“Based on our pace-per-mile that we ask runners to keep, our goal is to have to race course completely open to traffic by 11 a.m.,” said Katze.
The parking lots on the North Shore open at 8 a.m. Sunday, but those spaces are reserved and mostly pre-sold to fans.
“I think the Great Race is fairly early and it’s in town,” said Ralph Reetz with ALCO Parking, “so I think we’re in good shape with the people parking over there and the Steelers fans, they’re regulars here, they come to this every week and they pretty much have a good sense of where they’re headed and there should not be any problems.”
So, again, the keys to success this Sunday are make sure you have a good game plan and be patient.
For more parking, shuttle and road closure information, visit the Great Race’s website here.
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