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Pennsylvania > MedExpress Spirit of Pittsburgh Half Marathon & Relay
Pittsburgh, PA


Sunday, November 1, 2009

Event Details

The city streets of Pittsburgh and the waters of the three rivers that flow through the heart of the city will be runners' constant companion throughout the 13.1-mile course at the first-ever Spirit of Pittsburgh Half Marathon & Relay, which marks its inaugural running through this western Pennsylvania city in the fall of 2009. The race is open to both individual runners and two-person relay teams, and will unfold along an out-and-back loop course through the city that's mostly flat, except for a few rolling hills.

Pittsburgh's South Side Works on South 27th Street serves as the starting and finish line area for the race, which takes runners out on what is roughly a clockwise loop through the city and the "Three Rivers" area (so named for the confluence of the Allegheny, the Ohio and the Monongahela Rivers), starting first along Carson Street down to the Station Square area. The field makes its first turn here, right into the Square and across the Smithfield Street bridge and then left on the other side, where the course turns right and heads toward Point State Park.

The route takes runners along the edge of the park along Commonwealth Place, and then turns right onto Fort Duquesne Boulevard up to the 9th Street Bridge, which runners cross and head over the river for a second time, this time for a long, steady straightaway along the riverside along River Avenue. This runners follow all the way to the 31st Street Bridge, the third crossed by the field, which takes runners back over into downtown Pittsburgh.

The last few miles of the race take runners through the tight, compact city streets of Pittsburgh's downtown area, along Liberty Street, Grant Street and 2nd Avenue, looking out among the city skyscrapers over onto the Monongahela flowing by. The course passes by Mellon Arena and Duquesne University as it makes its way through downtown, and then crosses its 4th bridge at the Hot Metal Bridge for the home stretch back into the South Side Works area for the finish.

Race Weather & Climate

Located in westernmost Pennsylvania, the city of Pittsburgh typically experiences mild to cool and often cold temperatures in the late fall, with relatively even precipitation throughout the season. In November, the city's average monthly temperatures range between 53°F and 33°F, while precipitation amounts average just over 3 inches for the month.


$40 for the half marathon, if registered by June 1, 2009
$50 between June 2 - August 1
$60 between Aug. 2 - September 1
$70 between Sept. 2 - October 22
$80 on Oct. 23 - 24


To reserve your spot in the fall 2009 running of Pennsylvania's Spirit of Pittsburgh Half Marathon or Relay, register online at Active.com.



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