Pennsylvania > Pittsburgh Marathon, Half Marathon, Relay & 5K
Pittsburgh, PA • Sunday, May 5, 2013 • Course Map
More than 19,000 runners, walkers, relay team members and hand-cycle competitors crossed the finish line at the spring 2012 running of the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K & Relay, including just over 12,000 runners and walkers in the 13.1-mile half marathon alone.
Mostly fast and flat through the streets of this city that sits at the confluence of the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela Rivers, the race features a tour of Pittsburgh's South Side along an out-and-back course that starts and finishes near the city's 16th Street Bridge.
From the starting line near the bridge, those running the half (sponsored by UPMC Health Plan) make their way first along Liberty Avenue for the race's first two miles, which take them through the Strip District and Lower Lawrenceville sections of the city. After the left turn on 29th Street and then again on Penn Avenue, runners and walkers follow Penn all the way south to the 16th Street Bridge, which takes them over from Pittsburgh's downtown and into its North Side district.
Participants spend the next few miles on their way through the North Side, which is home to much of the city's most beautiful residential architecture as well as Heinz Field and PNC Park, the home fields of the NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers and Major League Baseball's Pittsburgh Pirates, respectively. This area is also considered a cultural center for the city, as it's home to museums like the Carnegie Science Center, the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh, the Allegheny Observatory and the Andy Warhol Museum.
Though most of the course is, as noted above, fast and flat like Pittsburgh itself, runners will encounter some uphill and downhill stretches, especially between mile markers 4 and 6 and then again just as the field is finishing the race, between the mile 12 and 13 markers. Neither stretch is overly challenging, however, as most of the elevation changes rise only about 50 feet at each hill.
Runners and walkers will make three bridge crossings during the race, at 16th Street, the West End Bridge and the Smithfield Bridge, which marks the home stretch along the race's last mile into Fort Duquesne, overlooking the river. The half marathon (like the full marathon) is open to both runners and walkers, and both groups in the half start the race together.
Weather & Climate
Nestled along the Allegheny Plateau region of western Pennsylvania, Pittsburgh typically experiences mild to occasionally moderately warm weather conditions in the mid-spring. Average monthly temperatures in May range between 73°F and 47°F, while rainfall totals average just over 4.2 inches for the month, making May Pittsburgh's wettest month of the year.
On the day of the race (May 5), the average high is 68°F and the average low is 44°F
View the race route map for the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Half Marathon
$80 for the half marathon, if registered by November 5, 2012
$90 between Nov. 6 - January 7, 2013
$100 between Jan. 8 - February 11
$110 between Feb. 12 - March 11
$120 between March 12 - 31
$120 on the weekend of the race (May 3 - 4), if not sold out
To reserve your spot in the late spring 2013 running of the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Half Marathon, 5K Run or Relay race, register online at Active.com.
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