One of the biggest running days in Pittsburgh is almost here!
With nearly 40,000+ runners, spectators and volunteers, the annual Pittsburgh Marathon is a must-see (or do) event. To gear up for the marathon, we’ve put together an insider’s guide highlighting what to do on race weekend.
It's no secret that runners like to load up on carbs and starch the night before a big race, and Pittsburgh's Penn Avenue has you covered. Award-winning restaurant Peter Allen's Italian has been rated No. 1 by Zagat and offers a fresh and contemporary take on Italian food. If you're looking for something not-so traditional Italian, try Sienna Mercato – a three level restaurant featuring a meatball joint, a gourmet Italian fare with homemade pizza and wine, and a rooftop beer garden. Another delicious option is Meat & Potatoes, Pittsburgh’s first gastropub, with signature meat-centric dishes.
After the race, there's no question that a celebration is in order! Be sure to check out all of the happenings at Point State Park including a vendor village, official Pittsburgh Marathon gear and more. But then look no farther that Market Square. Only a block from the finish line, and a few blocks from Point State Park, Market Square has all of your celebratory food and drink needs. Whether you’re from the 'Burgh or not, you can never go wrong with a Primanti Bros. sandwich, a local favorite. City Works, the newest addition to the square and one cool place to hang, is a modern sports bar with outside seating and 90 craft beers on draft. Other great places to celebrate include Winghart’s Burgers, Revel and Roost, Las Velas, and Diamond Market Bar & Grill.
Did you know the Pittsburgh Marathon runs across three different bridges and through 13 different Pittsburgh neighborhoods? All 13 unique neighborhoods come out in full force and support the runners in various ways during race day. The neighborhoods include: Bloomfield, Downtown, East Liberty, Friendship, Highland Park, Homewood, North Shore, Oakland, Point Breeze, Shady Side, South Side, Strip District and the West End. If you're still looking for a place to cheer, check out the official course map and don't forget to register your cheer group!
The Pittsburgh Marathon weekend runs from Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7. The GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo will be open on Friday and Saturday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Other events throughout the weekend include the Pet Walk, Toddler Trot, Kids Marathon, Steel Challenge, 5K, Marathon Relay and Half Marathon. For more information, check out the Pittsburgh Marathon Website.
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