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Run, walk or trot through the neighborhoods of Pittsburgh during some of the fastest growing racing events in the nation.
The topography of the city and the uniqueness of the neighborhoods give these events a distinctive feel. The rolling hills, glistening rivers and seemingly endless bridges create the perfect backdrop to keep you moving. Whether you're looking to have a fun mile, tackle your first marathon, cycle some of the steepest hills in the city, or have some friendly competition on the water, Pittsburgh has what you're looking for.
There are several races under the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon banner, including the annual DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon in May. In addition, race weekend features the UPMC Health Plan Half Marathon, FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay and UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, the Pittsburgh Pet Walk and GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo. More than 30,000 participants cross the finish line during this weekend of fun running events.
The unique GNC Live Well Liberty Mile road race is short, fast and fun for the whole family. It features six waves of runners from the recreational to the elite level racing on Liberty Avenue from 17th Street in the Strip District to Downtown. This event is proving to be Pittsburgh's premier community street run for all ages and abilities.
The Regatta brings Pittsburgh’s famous three rivers to life. Complete with Jet Ski stunts, boat parades, vintage power boats, music, and more, the Regatta is a summertime Pittsburgh favorite. And with lots of entertainment off the water, there is truly something for everyone.
Every July, the Friends of the Riverfront host the Pittsburgh Triathlon Adventure Race along the Three Rivers Heritage Trail and the Three Rivers Water Trail.
Pittsburgh's newest road race, the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Milerfeatures a classic 10-mile distance highlighting some of Pittsburgh's unique neighborhoods including the West End, North Side, Lawrenceville and the Strip District. The course begins on West Carson Street near Highmark Stadium and crosses four bridges before finishing in front of EQT headquarters on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.
The other major race happening each year in Pittsburgh is the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race at the end of September. Take part in the 5K Run & Fitness Walk or the 10K Run.
Take on 13 of Pittsburgh's steepest hills in this bike challenge. Riders must bike up the hills in one motion without stopping or crashing to earn the prestige of being a Dirty Dozen finisher. The race includes the infamous Canton Avenue hill, which boasts a 37 percent grade and is speculated to be the steepest paved city street in the world.
Other fun races around the city include the Run Around the Square in Pittsburgh's Regent Square neighborhood and the PNC YMCA Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot. Or, climb some serious stairs that lead to amazing city views. Pittsburgh has more than 716 sets of steps in 66 of its 90 neighborhoods. The annual StepTrek on the South Side of Pittsburgh takes you up a series of public stairways.