On Sunday May 7th 2017, I ran my 8th marathon in 7 months. I went to Pittsburgh for the first time over the Christmas break. I loved it. The bridges. The people. The food. The air. Ok, not the air. The city though, is just picturesque. So when I had the chance to run the marathon, I jumped on the opportunity. The Pittsburgh Marathon sponsored by Dick’s Sports was great.
Arriving a few days before, of course I had to get my bib at the Expo. I recommend staying at The Westin Downtown. It’s steps away from the start and finish. The race is separated into four corrals; A, B, C, D. The start time was 7:00, but depending on which corral you’re in, you could be starting as late as 7:45am. The race includes their Half Marathon and a Marathon relay.
The race gave you the opportunity to see most of the city and a few of the cool bridges. Some sources say they have over 1000 bridges, so there’s no way to see them all. The race is a Boston Qualifier and a USA Track & Field certified course. Yes, Official.
I had a great time running this race. It was supposed to rain, but it didn’t. The weather was almost perfect and I got thru it pain and injury free. I’m looking forward to running this race again next year.