Runners now have more time to enjoy a unique and scenic tour of the Steel City
PITTSBURGH - This year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon courses will be identical to the 2017 routes. While the routes will look familiar, P3R is making another kind of change that will impact both returning and new runners. The full marathon course time limit will be increased from six to seven hours, and half-marathon participants will now have three and a half hours to complete the course. Runners will have to maintain a 16:00 minute per mile pace, up two minutes from the previous 14:00 minute per mile rate.
According to Patrice Matamoros, P3R CEO and Race Director, “Our race weekend has become one of the fastest growing in the country over the past ten years, and we’re hoping this course time limit change will encourage even more people to become a ‘Runner of Steel’ during our 10th Anniversary year.”
On Sunday, May 6, race participants will once again toe the start line on Liberty Avenue between Smithfield Street and 10th Street. They will have some extra time to cross all three of Pittsburgh’s rivers, travel through 14 neighborhoods and pass by several Pittsburgh landmarks - including PNC Park, Heinz Field and PPG Paints Arena - before finishing the race on the Boulevard of the Allies between Wood Street and Market Street.
“Though construction plans often force us to make changes from year to year, we’re excited to once again offer a route that was a winner with runners, spectators and city officials last year.” said Dee Stathis, P3R COO and Director of Marketing. “This course provides runners with a scenic view of the Steel City, as well as an opportunity for thousands of Pittsburghers to get involved with our city’s largest community celebration.”
Click here to view last year’s course map and turn-by-turn directions; the only changes to the map and directions will be the date. Runners interested in getting a sneak peak before race day can participate in a free course preview training run on Saturday, April 7, hosted by the Steel City Road Runners, the Pittsburgh area’s largest running club.
For more information about the 2018 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, visit: ThePittsburghMarathon.com
About Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting a love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Read more at: P3R.org