Sunday, May 2, 2021 • Pittsburgh, PA • Course Map
More than 20,000 runners, walkers, relay team members and hand-cycle competitors cross the finish line each year at this race, including roughly 14,000 runners and walkers in the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh 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 a point-to-point route that starts downtown, near the intersection of Liberty Avenue at Garrison Place.
From the start, 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.
Race 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. May has brought record temperatures here as low as 22 degrees (in 2006) and as high as 92 degrees (in 2006).
On race day (May 2), the average low is 43ºF and the average high is 70ºF.
- 2019 Pittsburgh Half Marathon Results
- 2018 Pittsburgh Half Marathon Results
- 2017 Pittsburgh Half Marathon Results
- 2016 Pittsburgh Half Marathon Results
- 2015 Pittsburgh Half Marathon Results
- 2014 Pittsburgh Half Marathon Results
- 2013 Pittsburgh Half Marathon Results
- 2012 Pittsburgh Half Marathon Results
- 2011 Pittsburgh Half Marathon Results
- 2010 Pittsburgh Half Marathon Results
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