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Spring is the perfect season to get involved in the numerous races that Pittsburgh has to offer. Whether you’re looking to get fit, shed some holiday weight or get out and experience the city’s beautiful surroundings, running is a fun and affordable way to do so. All levels of runners and walkers can participate thanks to a variety of race locations and terrain that range from challenging to casual to just downright quirky. Lace up your sneakers, grab your mp3 player and start training for these upcoming spring 2015 races.

4th Brave American Classic 5K, 10K, 1-Mile
St. Stephen’s Sewickley
405 Frederick Ave.
Sewickley, PA 15143
www.facebook.com/5krace

Date: March 7, 2015 at 9 a.m.

Pound the pavement in support of Boulder Crest Retreat for Wounded Warriors at the 4th annual Brave American Classic. All abilities of runners and walkers are welcome to participate in this race scheduled for Saturday, March 7 beginning at St. Stephen’s church in Sewickley at 9 a.m. Challenge yourself to complete the 10K run, try out the 5K or stick to a more laid-back 1-mile walk. Awards will be presented to the top three female and male finishers overall and throughout each of the six age groups for the 5K run and 10K run. A 50/50 raffle, custom-designed tote bags and tees and beverages and snacks will be available.

Cupid’s Chase 5K
PNC Park, Hall of Fame Club
115 Federal St.
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
(412) 431-7079
www.imatter.comop.org

Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 10 a.m.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at the city’s annual Cupid’s Chase 5K run. Hosted by Community Options, Inc., this romantic race is just one of 29 Cupid Chase 5K runs happening throughout the country. Whether you plan to run, jog, walk or push a stroller or wheelchair, Community Options, Inc. welcomes you to participate. Don an “available” shirt if you’re single and racing to mingle or run alongside your sweetheart wearing matching “unavailable” shirts in typical cupid fashion. All race proceeds benefit individuals with disabilities. Online registration is available at a discounted price of $30.

Cupid’s Undie Run – Pittsburgh
Buckhead Saloon
225 West Station Square Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
www.cupidsundierun.com/city/pittsburgh

Date: Feb. 14, 2015 at 12 p.m.

Do you have a slinky new pair of boxers or some sexy lingerie that you’d love to show off this Valentine’s Day? If so, Cupid’s Undie Run is the race for you. This fun and flirty run puts the racy in races as participants dress in their favorite pair of undies before kicking off the pre-party at noon at Buckhead Saloon. At 2 p.m., the official undie run will be underway followed by a late-night, post-race bash back at Buckhead Saloon. All proceeds from Cupid’s Undie Run benefit the Children’s Tumor Foundation.

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Pittsburgh Superhero Run 2015
North Park Pool Loop
Allison Park, PA 15101
www.pittsburghsuperherorun.org

Date: April 25, 2015 at 9:30 a.m.

It won’t matter whether you cross the finish line first, last or somewhere in between; everyone is a superhero at the 7th annual Pittsburgh Superhero Foundation 5K Run/Walk and one-mile family run sponsored by FedEx Ground. Dress in your favorite superhero costume and get ready to raise awareness and proceeds for the prevention of child abuse and assistance for abuse victims. Enjoy family-friendly fitness, food and fun. All proceeds benefit CASA of Allegheny County.

Purina Pro Plan Pittsburgh Pet Walk
Point State Park
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
www.pittsburghmarathon.com/petwalk

Date: May 2, 2015 at 12 p.m.

Get your four-legged friend involved in fitness this spring at the Purina Pro Plan Pittsburgh Pet Walk scheduled for Saturday, May 2 at noon. Get outside and enjoy some fresh air with Fido as you enjoy a leisurely stroll through downtown Pittsburgh’s picturesque Point State Park. Race rules require that all pets be current on vaccinations, well-behaved and leashed at all times; retractable leashes will not be permitted. The Purina Pro Plan Pittsburgh Pet Walk is a part of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.
 
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Jessica Wasik is a graduate of Robert Morris University with a degree in English Studies. She is also a contributing writer for AXS.com and Examiner.com. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.