FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon RelayTravel to Your Relay Exchange

The FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay splits the 26.2 mile course into five legs of varying distances.

Because of race day traffic and road closures, it is recommended that most FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay participants walk to their exchange zone from the Downtown area.

Shuttle buses will be available on race day for legs four and five ONLY.  Because of road closures and limited parking at exchange zones, it is highly recommended leg four and five participants utilize the shuttle service. 

Gear Check will NOT be available at relay exchange zones. Gear Check drop-off is only available at the 3 downtown locations; the Benedum Lot at 7th St. & Penn Ave., Market Square, and the Gateway Center T-Station. Click here for more info.

After the race all gear check bags will be located at the Gateway Center T-Station. At the finish of each relay exchange, participants will receive their food, drinks and finisher medal. 

Please note, only the leg 5 participant will enter the finish line chute near Point State Park; relay participants that have already completed their leg should NOT enter the finish line chute near the Finish Line Festival. 

Marathon Relay participants will be able to join their team members in the Finish Line Festival in Point State Park.

Participants should follow the walking or shuttle information below to travel to/from each relay exchange zone.

LEG 1 (5.3 MILES)

Start Line to Exchange 1
Start Line Location: Liberty Avenue near 10th Street
Exchange 1 Location: North Shore Drive and Tony Dorsett Drive

The first leg of the race begins at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon start line. Check out our Getting to the Start Line guide to get your there on race morning.

LEG 2 (3.8 MILES)

Exchange 1 to Exchange 2
Exchange 1 Location: North Shore Drive and Tony Dorsett Drive
Exchange 2 Location: Carson Street at Smithfield Street Bridge near Station Square

The first exchange zone is located on North Shore Drive and Tony Dorsett Drive. 

Walking from Point State Park:

  • Start on the fountain side of the Portal Bridge
  • Cross Fort Duquesne pedestrian bridge
  • Exit onto North Shore Drive and proceed to the exchange zone
  • Relay Exchange Zone 1 will be on North Shore Drive at Tony Dorsett Drive 

Walking from the Gateway Center T-Station:

  • Turn right on Liberty Avenue toward Point State Park
  • Proceed about .2 miles to 8th Street
  • Relay Exchange Zone 1 will be on North Shore Dr. & Tony Dorsett Dr.

*Leg 2 participants should follow the instructions below to walk back to the start/finish line areas.

LEG 3 (6.4 MILES)

Exchange 2 to Exchange 3
Exchange 2 Location: Carson Street at Smithfield Street Bridge near Station Square
Exchange 3 Location: Fifth Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard 

The second exchange zone is located at the intersection of Carson Street and Smithfield Street in the South Side, near Station Square.

Walking from Point State Park:

  • Walk from Point State Park towards the Start Line/Liberty Avenue 
  • Turn right onto Stanwix Street 
  • Turn left onto Fourth Ave 
  • Turn right on to Grant Street 
  • Cross the Boulevard of the Allies at Grant Street
  • Turn right onto Fort Pitt Blvd 
  • Turn left onto Smithfield Street Bridge; cross the bridge 
  • After the bridge, Relay Exchange Zone 2 will be on your left along Carson Street

Walking from the Gateway Center T-Station:

  • Take the T to Station Square Station (fare will apply) 
  • Relay Exchange Zone 2 will be across the street from Station Square T-Station

OR

  • After exiting at the First Avenue T-Station (free fare zone), turn left onto First Avenue
  • Turn left onto Grant Street
  • Turn right onto Fort Pitt Blvd
  • Turn left onto Smithfield Street Bridge; cross the bridge 
  • After the bridge, Relay Exchange Zone 2 will be on your left along Carson Street

*Leg 3 participants will be able to take the shuttle from Relay Exchange Zone 3 to the DoubleTree Hotel. Shuttles will run continuously until the exchange zone closes.

LEG 4 (6.5 MILES)

Exchange 3 to Exchange 4
Exchange 3 Location: Fifth Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard
Exchange 4 Location: Baum Boulevard between S. Aiken Avenue and Liberty Avenue

Shuttles will start running at 6:00 AM race morning. Leg four and five participants can load buses on Centre Ave in front of the Doubletree Hotel, Downtown.

Participants should plan on at least a 30-minute bus ride each direction. It’s highly recommended participants plan to arrive at their designated relay exchange zone at least 30 minutes prior to their teammate’s expected arrival.

Please note, shuttles will run from the DoubleTree Hotel, to Relay Exchange 4, to Relay Exchange 3, then it will reverse the route and travel from Relay Exchange 3, to Relay Exchange 4, to the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown.

Shuttles will drop-off leg 4 participants along Penn Ave across from Bakery Square, near Mellon Park. Participants will walk down Penn Ave and turn right onto Fifth Ave. The relay exchange zone corrals will be near the intersection of Fifth Ave and Beechwood Blvd.

*Leg 4 participants will be able to take the shuttle from Relay Exchange Zone 4 to the DoubleTree Hotel. Shuttles will run continuously until the exchange zone closes.

Leg 5 (4.2 MILES)

Exchange 4 to Finish Line
Exchange 4 Location: Baum Boulevard between S. Aiken Avenue and Liberty Avenue
Finish Line Location: Boulevard of the Allies near Wood Street

Shuttles will start running at 6:00 AM race morning. Leg four and five participants can load buses on Centre Ave in front of the Doubletree Hotel.

Participants should plan on at least a 30-minute bus ride each direction. It’s highly recommended participants plan to arrive at their designated relay exchange zone at least 30 minutes prior to their teammate’s expected arrival.

Please note, shuttles will run from the DoubleTree Hotel, to Relay Exchange 4, to Relay Exchange 3, then it will reverse the route and travel from Relay Exchange 3, to Relay Exchange 4, to the DoubleTree Hotel Downtown.

Shuttles will drop-off leg 5 participants at the intersection of South Aiken Ave and Centre Ave. Participants will walk down S. Aiken Ave to Baum Blvd. The relay exchange zone corrals will be on Baum Blvd, between South Aiken Ave and Liberty Ave.

*Leg 5 participants will finish at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon finish line Downtown.

FINISH LINE

All Leg 5 competitors will be directed through the finish line chutes. All other team members should remove the timingâ€ÂÂÂÂ┬Étag from their shoe immediately after their relay leg, to avoid being read near another timing mat. Team members waiting at the finish line Downtown for a Leg 5 team member will not be allowed to enter the finish line chute. Space will be available to regroup at the Finish Line Festival in Point State Park.