Bands On the Course

Let's get ready to rock! Showcase your band to tens of thousands of runners and spectators on May 3, 2015. We're looking for Pittsburgh's best musical talent to help runners ROCK their way to the finish line!

Tune into the heart and “sole” of the City of Champions. Live bands and entertainers from all ages and genres will take to the stage that sprawls the entire 26.2 mile course. Set the tempo for 30,000 competitors and make it a show no one will forget. 

Each participating group has a chance to win great prizes. Click here to register your band to rock the runners on race day!


  • Showcase your band to over 30,000 participants and even more spectators on race day
  • Band websites, bios,and pictures will be posted on and featured on our mobile app
  • Free limited edition 2015 DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon band shirt for each band member
  • Promote your group at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, 2015 – booth time slots will be available to registered groups
  • Opportunity to win great prizes
  • It's an incredible experience that you won't want to miss!


Anyone -- whether it be a church choir, DJ, rock-n-roll band, jazz quartette or high school marching band – all musical groups can enter!

Contest Types

We welcome all types of musical performers to participate along the course so we have three contest categories to choose from! 

  • Battle of the Marching Bands – School-aged marching bands compete head-to-head as the fan favorite on Liberty Avenue and $500 grant to their school band program 
  • Mixing Master – DJs turn up the noise to be chosen as top energy booster and win a gig at the 2015 Volunteer Appreciation Party and #GameOnPgh gift package
  • Course Entertainment Champions – All performers play their way to see which groups have what it takes to be crowned the ultimate crowd pleaser. Performers are divided into two and categories – First Half (of the course) and Second Half (of the course)
    • Year's worth of bragging rights and Course Entertainment Champion trophy 
    • Featured spotlight in DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon monthly e-newsletter 
    • Performance opportunity at the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Volunteer Appreciation Party
    • Performance opportunity at 2015 GNC Liberty Mile or 2015 EQT 10 Miler 
    • #GameOnPgh gift package

Contest Guidelines

  • Bands will report to their designated course location between 5:30 AM and 8:00 AM on Sunday, May 3, 2015 depending on their assigned area
  • Bands will likely perform for two (2) to four (4) hours depending on their assigned area
  • Runners and spectators vote for their favorite groups 
  • Prizes are award to the groups with the most votes in their category
  • Voting will begin post-race, specific voting times to be announced
  • Winners will be announced post race - TBD

Participation is Easy

Follow the quick steps below and be on your way to fun, excitement and your chance to win:

  • Click here to complete a registration form for your musical group
  • Plan your performance 
  • Practice
  • Promote your band and gather fans at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 1 and Saturday, May 2, 2015 – booth time slots will be available to registered bands
  • Rock'em to the finish line and have fun!

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