PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — On the last Sunday in September, city streets are transformed into a course that’s become a Pittsburgh classic.

The 2014 Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race drew 16,000 participants, many who return year after year. It’s a tradition shared with family and friends.

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“I just love running this race because we run through the neighborhoods,” said Jen Hoerster, a Great Race participant. “It’s a lot of fun. It’s a great time with Pittsburghers on a beautiful day.”

Jen and her husband, Doug, team up every year. They’re local.

“My dad came in from Houston, Texas… so he really made the drive,” said Doug.

“It’s only 21 hours of drive time, but when you run in Texas, everything’s flat,” said David, Doug’s dad. “When you run this race, you got some hills, you run through the neighborhood, unlike any race in Texas.”

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Back in 1977, Mayor Richard Caliguiri probably never envisioned it would grow to be the 10th largest 10K in the country. He created the race as a community fun run.

And the athletes still make that a big part of this friendly competition.

“Energy and the exhilaration,” said participant Madison Moan. “It’s just fun.

“I did it last year, then I ran the half marathon. And now she’s with me,” added Michelle Moan. “We’re going to do our first 10K together.”

Creating new memories and treasuring traditions that span nearly four decades. It’s a true Pittsburgh classic from start to finish.

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