Relay Guide

Last updated: Monday, April 15, 2019FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay Guidebook

The FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay splits the 26.2 mile course into five legs of varying distances. This guidebook will provide everything you need to know about the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay for a fun and exciting race day experience - relay race numbers, exchange zones, process and transportation. 

2019 Relay Handbook


General Marathon Relay Info

Find out more about the basics of the Marathon Relay from packet pick up to timing, scoring and awards.
Race numbers, timing-tags, shirts and runner goody bags can be picked up at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
  • Expo hours:
    • Friday, May 3 from 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM
    • Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM.
  • There is no packet pickup on race day.
  • One relay team member can pick up packets for their entire team, individuals can pick up themselves, or any combination of the above. 
All FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay participants will receive a FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay race number that must be worn on the front of the runner’s shirt, and a FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay designation that must be worn on the runner’s back.

Please note, each bib  is designated with a number 1-5 after the team number. These numbers are assigned at random and do not represent what leg of the race you are running, that is up to the Team Captain to decide. You do not need to notify us of who is running which leg.
Each team member will wear an individual timing-tag, which will be fastened to his/her shoe. Once a relay member has crossed the timing mat and finished his/her leg of the race, he/she should remove the timing tag from his/her shoe to avoid any potential timing issues while passing near a timing mat at the relay exchange or near the finish line.

Each team’s total elapsed time will be used to determine the winners. In the event of a tie for first place, the time of the runner of the first leg of the relay will determine the winner. Awards will be given to the top three overall Male, Female and Mixed teams.

All results released on race day are unofficial until verified. Upon completion of competition, each Relay Exchange Coordinator will return the results to the overall timing/scoring service. All results will be compiled and reviewed. Official results will be posted online.

Any protests of irregularity or fouls taking place during the competition must be made in writing and received by 5:00 PM Monday, May 7, 2018. We recommend that you fax any protest to the Marathon Office at 412-202-3494 or email our office at Decisions of the race director are final.
Runners participating in the first leg of the relay who will continue on to run the Marathon or Half Marathon will also receive a second runner race number for the Marathon or Half Marathon. Pin your Relay race number over the Marathon/Half Marathon race number. When you complete the first leg of the Relay, volunteers will assist you in removing your Relay race numbers from the front and back of your shirt. You will also need to remove your Relay timing-tag from your shoe so you can continue on as a Marathon or Half Marathon runner. Do not continue running until your shoe timing-tag and Relay race numbers are removed. 

Marathon Relay Course

Take a tour of Pittsburgh across three rivers and bridges each with their own distinct architecture and incredible views of the city. Pass the homes of the legendary Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers and through 14 different and unique neighborhoods featuring festivals, bands, and cheerathoners that will keep you motivated and smiling all the way to the finish line! 

USA Track & Field certified course 
  • Boston qualifier 
  • Fluid and medical aid stations are positioned along the course 
  • Water and Nuun will be offered at every fluid station 
  • Honey Stinger Energy Gels will be available at locations along the course 
  • Herr's salty snacks will be available at locations along the course 
Course map can be found here and turn by turn directions for the course can be found here.

Marathon Relay 101

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