Overall Rating
Overall Rating (19 Reviews)
4.7
(19 Ratings)(19 Reviews)
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3.1
SCENERY
4.5
PRODUCTION
4.7
SWAG
4.2
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon provides a 26.2 mile tour of Pittsburgh the best way we know how… on foot! With 24 miles of riverfront trails, beautiful parks, historic attractions and home to 90 neighborhoods, the ‘Burgh is a great place to run! Pittsburgh is known for its rivers … MORE
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    Bibwearingdad REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The city comes out and there isn't a dull spot on the course. It is a great event and a wonderful way to see some nice parts of the city, … MORE

    The city comes out and there isn’t a dull spot on the course. It is a great event and a wonderful way to see some nice parts of the city, with a pretty nice downhill finish.

    The course though is a hilly course, crossing over a few bridges with a nice climb around mile 11, coming off a bridge where you just get hit by wind.

    Great course, def there to push you a bit and does give you a chance to PR, but not the ideal course to do so

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    kg05 REPEAT RUNNER '18

    2018 was my second year doing the events on Pittsburgh marathon weekend. I participated in the 5k and the half again to receive the steel challenge medal. This was a … MORE

    2018 was my second year doing the events on Pittsburgh marathon weekend. I participated in the 5k and the half again to receive the steel challenge medal. This was a course PR for me.
    I love the crowd support of this race, the aid stations are well maintained. The weather was good and cooperative for Pittsburgh!
    I would recommend this one to anybody.

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    kg05 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    This is my third year participating in this race and I will keep coming back. Not only is this race a hometown race, but it is so well put together. … MORE

    This is my third year participating in this race and I will keep coming back.
    Not only is this race a hometown race, but it is so well put together. The expo is huge and while very crowded there are a lot of things to do and see while you are there. I have been to expos with only a handful (or less) of booths and this one is sure to exceed expectations. I usually always make it to packet pick up before it gets super busy, but it is well managed and pretty easy to find and figure out. and they do have people there to help. The shirts are always very nice. Short sleeve for the 5k on Saturday and long sleeve for the half and full. Some years there has been a pint glass, this year the add on for the marathon was a pair of Goodr sunglasses and for the half you could purchase for a deep discount.
    If you complete the 5k on Saturday and one of the races on Sunday you also get a 3rd “Steel Challenge” medal which is always super nice. and who doesn’t love extra bling!!?? If you do the relay there’s also an extra medal for that.
    There’s a few other events during the weekend including a kids race and a dog walk so there is something for everyone. Plenty of hotels and plenty of amazing restaurants in walking distance.
    The course is far from flat and I know that the full boasts way more and way harder hills (and bridges) so if you plan on running this one for the first time it is recommended that you add some hills into your training, but the crowd support is top notch and getting to see the city and the views can’t be beat.

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    LauraRoth FIRST-TIMER '09

    This was Pittsburgh's comeback marathon after a hiatus. As hard as this marathon was, I loved it. It was cool with a light rain at times, perfect running weather for … MORE

    This was Pittsburgh’s comeback marathon after a hiatus. As hard as this marathon was, I loved it. It was cool with a light rain at times, perfect running weather for me. To this day, this race remains my PR. I didn’t like the shirts this year because they were way to big and cut for men, but they now have much better women specific shirts. It was such a fun race with a lot of spectators and a lot of hills. Great showcase of all the cities neighborhoods.

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    ssabol1562 REPEAT RUNNER '19

    To start, Pittsburgh is a fun city with plenty to do. Bring the whole family to this one as their race weekend has an event for everyone...from the Toddler Trot, … MORE

    To start, Pittsburgh is a fun city with plenty to do. Bring the whole family to this one as their race weekend has an event for everyone…from the Toddler Trot, the Kids Marathon (1 mile), 5K, Half marathon and Marathon, they cover everyone.

    The expo is decent size and has your usual vendors. Bib pickup is easy but make sure you have your ID. Swag is good..long sleeve tech shirt for the Full/Half and short sleeve tech shirt for the 5K. Each shirt is race specific too. Medals were fantastic this year and they do offer a bonus medal (Steel Challenge) for doing both the 5K and Half/Full.

    The course is very scenic and hits a lot of Pittsburgh landmarks. A nice mix of uphills and downhills makes it fairly fast. if you are feeling really good on race day, it could have the potential to yield a PR. Only really tough spot is a pretty steep hill at 11.5 but it’s followed by the final mile being all downhill so you makeup the time there.

    Considering it’s large size, this is a very well organized race. You do have to get into town early but if you talk to a local, they can give you the best routes to take. After the race, getting around town was very easy. This is definitely a race to put on your must-do list.

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    newtoracing REPEAT RUNNER '19

    The only improvement I would like to see would be that they added a 10K. But I love running this 5K. The course is scenic through the neighborhoods, across a … MORE

    The only improvement I would like to see would be that they added a 10K. But I love running this 5K. The course is scenic through the neighborhoods, across a bridge and into downtown. The cheering fans give you a boost of energy. The finisher medals are worth running for. I’ve placed in my age group each year and love the place medals also. The post race events are by far some of the best I’ve seen.

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    glenberger FIRST-TIMER '18

    The race was great but there's a HUGE hill and more slight up hills on the later part of the course. The crowd support in the different boroughs was amazing! MORE

    The race was great but there’s a HUGE hill and more slight up hills on the later part of the course. The crowd support in the different boroughs was amazing!

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    runwalksarah REPEAT RUNNER '18

    2018 marked my 3rd year flying out to PGH for the marathon. I love everything about this race. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary, 5k runners were given a pint … MORE

    2018 marked my 3rd year flying out to PGH for the marathon. I love everything about this race. To celebrate the 10 year anniversary, 5k runners were given a pint glass, half marathon runners received a tumbler, marathon runners received both the pint glass and the tumbler. The expo was large with lots of vendors. On race morning, my friend and I parked at Station Square, which was an easy walk to the start. The course was interesting with several bridge crossings. There are hills, but not nearly as bad as I initially heard. I enjoy the wide variety of neighborhoods the course goes through. We run through low income neighborhoods. We run through affluent neighborhoods with large Victorian style houses. What I love is that entire community comes out to support the race, regardless of neighborhood. Everyone is proud to represent PGH and to support the runners. The medals are always very solid. If you run the 5k on Saturday and the half or full on Sunday, you receive the Runner of Steel Challenge Medal. This race has wonderful social media presence and offers fun contests throughout the year. In 2016 I won a VIP package for posting a picture of my game face. The current contest is to post a picture of yourself wearing your PGH race shirt while on vacation. They are wonderful at keeping participants engaged throughout the year. I can’t wait to return in 2019!

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    newtoracing REPEAT RUNNER '18

    Weather was perfect this year. Won first in my age group. Finisher medals were special because of the 10th Anniversary of the race. It never gets old running in Pittsburgh. MORE

    Weather was perfect this year. Won first in my age group. Finisher medals were special because of the 10th Anniversary of the race. It never gets old running in Pittsburgh.

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    britneybeatrice REPEAT RUNNER '18

    This was my second Pittsburgh half marathon and despite some rainy conditions there was still a huge crowd over the entire course to keep you motivated. There are a ton … MORE

    This was my second Pittsburgh half marathon and despite some rainy conditions there was still a huge crowd over the entire course to keep you motivated. There are a ton of hills (and bridges that are huge hills) for this race, so you have to be ready for those (especially at miles 11 and 12). It is a well organized race and you get views of most of the city – absolutely love this race and will continue to do it in the years to come.

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    britneybeatrice FIRST-TIMER '17

    The Pittsburgh half has some major hills, but the energy from the crowd the ENTIRE course keeps you going. It is unreal how much energy the crowd had for the … MORE

    The Pittsburgh half has some major hills, but the energy from the crowd the ENTIRE course keeps you going. It is unreal how much energy the crowd had for the full 13.1 miles, you have to do this race once.

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    mjenn66 FIRST-TIMER '16

    I really enjoyed my weekend in Pittsburgh. Did the 5k and Half. I'm bias because I love the sports teams in Pittsburgh, even though I'm not from the area. A … MORE

    I really enjoyed my weekend in Pittsburgh. Did the 5k and Half. I’m bias because I love the sports teams in Pittsburgh, even though I’m not from the area. A beautiful city with the rivers, bridges, hills, tunnels, parks, and nice architecture. The course crossed the 3 big rivers in Pittsburgh a total of 5 times. Some bridges were a little tougher than others. 1 fairly tough hill near mile 11 cost me a PR for the half marathon distance. Overall a fun weekend, good course and overall event. Bonus was sitting in a sportbar watching Playoff Hockey, Penguins beating Capitals, on their way to another Stanley Cup Championship!

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    klucht FIRST-TIMER '16

    First off this race had the best pre-race communication I have ever received. They sent me a free mileage pod so I could train virtually and they had weekly challenges … MORE

    First off this race had the best pre-race communication I have ever received. They sent me a free mileage pod so I could train virtually and they had weekly challenges leveraging the miles run using those pods. Very cool and unique.
    The course was deceptively challenging. There are a number of bridges with long low grade inclines that just killed my legs. The true hills of Pittsburgh can be seen when the marathon and half split (marathon runs up a huge hill). Race also had one of the most organized finish areas with an alphabetic family relocation area.
    Swag was good.
    Exceptional well planned event!!

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    rungitchrun FIRST-TIMER '17

    This was my first ever attempt at the marathon Distance and WOW was it challenging. I praticipated with TEAM JDRF a charity team for the Pittsburgh Marathon. Was such a … MORE

    This was my first ever attempt at the marathon Distance and WOW was it challenging. I praticipated with TEAM JDRF a charity team for the Pittsburgh Marathon. Was such a great experience and I trained really Hard for this distance and through all the training that I put in nothing prepared me for the ascent onto oakland. SWAG and EXPO Amazing

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    lchristensen44 FIRST-TIMER '17

    The half course (also miles 1-11'ish of the full) was relatively flat and went over three bridges, past the baseball and football stadium, along a river and through different neighborhoods. … MORE

    The half course (also miles 1-11’ish of the full) was relatively flat and went over three bridges, past the baseball and football stadium, along a river and through different neighborhoods. The course had a lot of cheering spectators and some bands. The finish area was a big grassy field with different booths to buy stuff like shirts and food and different props for post race photos. There was also a small, fenced-in beer garden area selling Sierra Nevada beer. The proceeds went towards an animal charity. The expo had a big selection of running gear, races, and other items. The long sleeve tech shirt and medal were nice too. We had never been to Pittsburgh before and had a great time.

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    fchaogay FIRST-TIMER '15

    Excellent neighborhood support (wow!!!) with each one putting on their own production! Official race support was amazing too - on the day I ran it was crazy hot and sunny … MORE

    Excellent neighborhood support (wow!!!) with each one putting on their own production! Official race support was amazing too – on the day I ran it was crazy hot and sunny and water stops had wet cold towels handed out for us to cool down.

    Overall an excellently put together race (with a seriously awesome medal) –

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    jujubike1 FIRST-TIMER '17

    Nothing at all to complain about. This is a well run race. The medal is gorgeous and VERY heavy. Nice sized expo. There was actually some swag in my bag … MORE

    Nothing at all to complain about. This is a well run race. The medal is gorgeous and VERY heavy. Nice sized expo. There was actually some swag in my bag and not just advertisement postcards. Plenty of crowd support the entire way. A few hills here and there and a lovely downhill towards the end although it was into a headwind.

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    newtoracing REPEAT RUNNER '17

    Great race to run.! Course is relatively flat, wonderful supporters along the race course, terrific pre- and post-race events. Some rain and wind but it was just a minor inconvenience. MORE

    Great race to run.! Course is relatively flat, wonderful supporters along the race course, terrific pre- and post-race events. Some rain and wind but it was just a minor inconvenience.

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    newtoracing FIRST-TIMER '16

    Was excited to run this race because we're originally from the Pittsburgh area. The race was almost 15 minutes late starting because all the roads weren't closed down. Loved running … MORE

    Was excited to run this race because we’re originally from the Pittsburgh area. The race was almost 15 minutes late starting because all the roads weren’t closed down. Loved running across the bridge and finishing in downtown Pittsburgh. We got finisher medals, but I was disappointed they didn’t give out divisional awards on site. (They will be sent.) I finished first in my age group. The after-race activities were ok. I heard locals say the 5K did not get much pre-race hype. Would run this race again.

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