It is that time again. It is time for the Dick Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. The actual marathon will be run on Sunday May 6th, with a starting time of 7:30 AM.
The Marathon is not the only event happening. Festivities start on Friday May 4th with the GNC Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Doors open at 11:00 AM. The Expo continues on Saturday May 5th with the doors opening at 9:00 AM.
The Expo is an exhibition by venders, open to the public and FREE. Centered on everything healthy and family friendly this is the hub of the Marathon. All participants will be given their participant packet at the Expo. This packet contains all of the material needed by the runners to run a healthy and safe race. There will be a runner’s service booth for the runners to get last minute questions asked and for relay runners no yet assigned to a team to be assigned. Bring your plastic the venders will be in a selling mode.
Saturday two races start. At 8:00 AM the UPMC Medicine/UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh 5K run kicks off. Then it is the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon starting at 10:00 AM. The starting and finishing line for the Kids Race are the same: Blvd of the Allies between Stanwix and Commonwealth Place. The 5K starts at Stanwix near Forbes. The finish line is at the Boulevard of the Allies between Stanwix Street and Commonwealth Place.
Saturday afternoon with seating times starting at 1:00 PM is the pasta party. The party will be hosted at The Spaghetti Warehouse, located at 2601 Smallman St.
Sunday, Race Day. The day starts at 4:30 AM for a Race Day Breakfast. The Wyndam Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Courtyard plays host. Several events start today. From the starting line at Liberty Ave. between sixth and seventh streets the remaining races start. The Pittsburgh Marathon starts at 7:30 AM. The wheelchair division starts at 7:20 AM. The Half Marathon also starts at 7:30 AM for both walkers and runners and the Marathon Relay race kicks off at 7:30 AM.
All Pittsburgh Neighborhoods along the race course get out your grills and all of your party duds and make the runners feel welcome to the City of Pittsburgh. To get a more detailed description of all events go to www.pittsburghmarathon.com.