Insider's Guide: The Pittsburgh Marathon

Insider's Guide: The Pittsburgh Marathon

Get the inside tips and tricks about how to make the most of Marathon Weekend in Pittsburgh

With more than 40,000 runners of all ages and abilities, Pittsburgh is excited to welcome back the Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend on April 29-May 1! This year's Race Weekend features the Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 5K, Kids Marathon, Toddler Trot and Pet Walk. Check out the 2022 Course Maps now available!

Pittsburgh's beautiful landscape provides a scenic backdrop for the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon offering breathtaking views of the city's bridges and rivers. The 90 charming neighborhoods surrounding the urban course pulse with supportive crowds to cheer you on. There are lots of fun events and festivities going on throughout the city, so make plans now to stay for the entire Race Weekend! 

Pittsburgh Health & Fitness Expo 

In the city for Race Weekend? Make sure to add a stop at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center for the Health & Fitness Expo, April 29-30. The Expo is free and open to the public, and all race participants are required to attend to pick up race packets. As the official kick-off to Race Weekend, the Health & Fitness Expo features exhibitors, a variety of products and services, entertainment and more for runners of all ages.

Places To Eat 

Pittsburgh is filled with plenty of places to carb up before the big race. Treat yourself to a sumptuous breakfast in the Strip District, a one-half square mile shopping district lined with ethnic grocers, produce stands, meat and fish markets, sidewalk vendors, bars and restaurants. Dine at one of Pittsburgh's iconic diners like Deluca'sPamela's or Kelly O's

And, every trip to Pittsburgh must include a famous Primanti Bros. sandwich, stacked high and topped with coleslaw and french fries. Additional local favorites include Scarpino and Sienna Mercato for Italian fare, located near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and The Eagle Food & Beer Hall featuring family-style southern comfort food. 

Things To Do

The experiences and activities that you can see, do and find Only in Pittsburgh make a visit to our region truly stand apart. While you're in Pittsburgh for race weekend, be sure to check out unique places like The Andy Warhol Museum, the largest single-artist museum in the United States, the National Aviary, the country's largest bird zoo, The Roberto Clemente Museum and so much more! 

Download one (or all!) of PIttsburgh's free adventure passes for special discounts and offers at a variety of attractions. The Pittsburgh a la cARTe pass features more than twelve local arts and cultural attractions; check-in to seven attractions and win a Pittsburgh-themed prize. If you're traveling with the family, be sure to download the KidsBURGH pass, filled with discounts for many of the city's family-friendly attractions. If sports is more your thing, the Pittsburgh All Star pass has you covered! 

Outdoor Adventure 

Pittsburgh has lots of beautiful parks and scenic trails where you can stretch and loosen up for the big race. Point State Park sits in the middle of Downtown and has great views of the city and Pittsburgh's three rivers. North Shore Riverfront Park and Trail is an easy walk along the river across from the convention center, and the Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a 24-mile multi-use riverfront trail with access to city neighborhoods and local attractions.

Be sure to get out on the water, too! Stunning views of the city await you on Pittsburgh's three rivers. Kayak Pittsburgh offers kayak rentals and is even pet-friendly, offering a launch site near the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Or just relax and let someone else do all of the work on Cruisin' Tiki, a tiki bar right on the river. More tours on the water are available from the Gateway Clipper, including sightseeing and dinner cruises on colorful riverboats. Download the Out & About in Pittsburgh pass to track your happenings in the 'Burgh and win prizes along the way. 

Post Race Celebrations 

Pittsburgh loves a good party and there are many places around the city for a post-race celebratory drink! Near the finish line is Market Sqaure, filled with bars and restaurants like City Works, Revel + Roost and Las Velas. Venture down Penn Ave. for a specialty cocktail at The Warren, Tako or Social House 7. Or, head over to the Northside area to experience some of the city's craft breweries including 412 Brew, Allegheny City Brewing and Threadbare Cider House

Photo Credit: Le Claire

We can't wait to cheer on all the runners in the 2022 Pittsburgh Marathon! Good luck and don't forget to tag us in your race weekend pics using #LovePGH.