Pittsburgh is known to have its quirks, and this event is one of them. The Dirty Dozen is a 50-mile bike race featuring 13 of Pittsburgh’s steepest hills including Canton Avenue, which has a 37% incline, making it the steepest officially recorded public street in the United States. In fact, the street was even featured in an Audi commercial. The Dirty Dozen draws more than 300 bikers participate in the November race, regardless of the weather conditions. Bikers continue to race not to win (since the top finisher receives only $150) but rather to participate in this one-of-a-kind, authentic Pittsburgh event.
In July, the Rachel Carson Bridge in downtown Pittsburgh transforms into a two-day culinary celebration featuring all things pickled. This event highlights Pittsburgh's deep pickle roots, dating back to the 19th century when Henry Heinz began selling pickles and other pickled vegetables, prior to the founding of Heinz Ketchup. Picklesburgh consists of international dishes from local chefs with house-cured pickled vegetables, how-to canning demonstrations, pickle-themed merchandise and a pickle juice drinking contest. A giant, 35-foot long balloon hangs over the festival, making it more than a big "dill."
Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon
One of the top race weekends in the United States featuring an expo, pet walk, kids' marathon, toddler trot and 5K, in addition to the marathon relay, half marathon and full marathon. In 2009, Patrice Matamoros, race director for the marathon, revived the event (after a four-year absence) into what it is today with more than 40,000 participants and 4,000 volunteers. The race course features five different bridges, 13 unique neighborhoods with encouraging spectators and 60 bands creating a scenic yet motivating route for runners.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix
The nation's largest vintage sports car racing event and the only one staged on city streets. More than 250,000 spectators attend the 10-day long celebration featuring 16 motorsport events. Dan DelBianco, executive director of the PVGP, is the organization's only employee who oversees management, fundraising, finances and operations of the Vintage Grand Prix. With more than 1,200 dedicated volunteers and more than $4.3 million raised for charities, the PVGP continues to be a legendary and iconic Pittsburgh event.