Insider's Guide to the Pittsburgh Marathon

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

Each year runners and their families participate in the annual DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Pittsburgh's beautiful landscape provides a scenic backdrop for a course 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 (May 3-5). 

Pittsburgh is ready to welcome you and your family. Whether you're going the distance for the full marathon, participating in the men's and women's 2019 USATF Half Marathon, sharing the road with friends for the Five-Person Relay, or taking part in the Kids' One-Mile and Pet Walk, the city is ready to energize you, feed you and inspire you on your journey. 

Check out the free GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo Health & Fitness Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center May 3-4. You'll find lots of information on health and wellness products and services for people of all ages. Hang out and enjoy local entertainment.

There are lots of place to carb up before your race. Pittsburgh has a plethora of culinary options, from food trucks, to diners to fine restaurants. Treat yourself to a sumptuous breakfast. Head to 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. Deluca's Diner and Pamela's have great breakfast food. A trip to Pittsburgh isn't complete without having a famous Primanti Bros. sandwich, stacked high and topped with coleslaw and french fries. Some Downtown options include Vallozzi's - their gnocchi is awesome; Sienna on the Square - the parmesan-stuffed meatballs and buccatini are to die for; and Pizzaiolo Primo's for off-the-chart pizza. 

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 the rivers. North Shore Riverfront Park and Trail is an easy walk across the Roberto Clemente Bridge. The Three Rivers Heritage Trail is a 24-mile multi-use riverfront trail with access to city neighborhoods and local attractions.

Get out on the water! Stunning views of the city await you on Pittsburgh's three rivers. Kayak Pittsburgh offers kayak rentals for one and two-person kayaks. The North Shore location is under the Roberto Clemente (6th Street) Bridge. 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.

Photo Credit: Le Claire

Pamper yourself after the race with a visit to a local spa where you can soothe your aching muscles with a massage. Or get your steam on in a nice hot sauna. Spa Jema offers facials, body treatments, massages and more. Verve 360 is open on Sundays and has an "Athletes Special" massage.


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