FAQs

Find the answers to your questions for the 2015 race here.

Join us for the seventh running of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events! The weekend kicks-offs on Friday, May 1, 2015 with the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo. On Saturday, May 2, we’ll host the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon and Purina Pro Plan Pittsburgh Pet Walk. The weekend will close on Sunday, May 3 with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, and FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay.

Registration for 2015 events is open! Click here to register. Please note that registration for Marathon wheelchair and hand crank participants will open in December 2015. Please visit event pages for specific event pricing.

 

Registration Questions

Are there age restrictions for registering for a particular race distance?
Who determines the age minimums for each race?
I do not meet the age requirement but I believe I am qualified to participate. Can I participate?
Can I get a refund or defer to the next year if I am unable to participate in a Race Weekend event?
Once I register, can I make edits to my registration (i.e. bib name, mailing address, pace time)?
I was registered by someone else or sent in a paper registration form. Do I need to claim my registration?
I was registered by someone else, how do I sign my waiver?
Can I switch to a different event (i.e. from the Marathon to the Half Marathon)?
Can I transfer my registration to another person?
How can I make a claim for the race insurance I purchased with my registration?
I registered for an event, but my name isn’t appearing in the search results.

Marathon/Half Marathon Questions

I've never run a marathon or a half marathon. Do you offer training?
How long do I have to complete the race?
Do you offer pace leaders?

Relay Questions

Does my relay team need to have 5 runners?
I am a team captain. Do I still need to register as a team member?
Can I participate in the Marathon/Half Marathon and the Marathon Relay?
How long does our team have to complete the course?
I am registered for the Marathon Relay. Can I switch to another race weekend event?

 

​​Are there age restrictions for registering for a particular race distance?
Yes, runner must be 18 years old on May 3, 2015 to run the Marathon; 16 years old on May 3, 2015 to run the Half Marathon and 14 years old on May 3, 2015 to run the Marathon Relay. 

 ​Who determines the age minimums for each race?
Age requirements are based on regulations by IMMDA– International Marathon Medical Directors Association. For further information and background, see: IMMDA Advisory Statement on Children and Marathoning.

 I do not meet the age requirement but I believe I am qualified to participate. Can I participate?
Each case is reviewed individually by the race medical director. Click here to send us an email. Type “Age Waiver” in the subject line and include your name, address, email, age on race day, race distance in which you would like to participate, he reasons why you believe that you are qualified to participate and if you will be participating with a parent/guardian. The information will be provided to the race medical director. You will be notified via email if you have been approved and the steps necessary to participate

​Can I get a refund or defer to the next year if I am unable to participate in a Race Weekend event? 
We do not offer refunds or deferments. If you are unable to participate and do not wish to pick-up your race shirt and goody bag, you may transfer your registration to another runner. Many unregistered participants search Facebook when looking for a registration. Once you have an interested participant, please see the transfer registration information below.

 Once I register, can I make edits to my registration (i.e. bib name, mailing address, pace time)?
Yes, participants that completed their own registration form online can use the self-edit feature through their Active account. Simply login to MyEvents.Active.com and select “Edit registration information.” If you need to update your name, email address or shirt size, please email info@pittsburghmarathon.com. 

 I was registered by someone else or sent in a paper registration form. Do I need to claim my registration?
Yes, in order to be able to view, edit and/or transfer your registration, you must first claim your registration. To claim your registration, visit MyEvents.Active.com and login or create a new account if you don’t have one. Once you are logged in, a “Claim Registration” box will appear on the right-hand side of the screen. Here, you will need to enter the registration number that was included in your event confirmation email. This will give you access to update your registration (bib name, mailing address, pace time, switch event categories or transfer your registration to another person); if you need to update your name, email address or shirt size, please email info@pittsburghmarathon.com. 

 I was registered by someone else, how do I sign my waiver?
You will first need to claim your registration (see above). Once in your Active account you will click on the Sign Waiver link in the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon event box.

 Can I switch to a different event (i.e. from the Marathon to the Half Marathon)?
You can switch event categories, as long as the event you are switching into is not sold out. There is a $15 fee to switch categories (plus processing fee). You will not receive a refund if the category you are switching into is less than the category in which you originally registered. Also, if the category you are switching into is more expensive than the category in which you originally registered, you will be charged the difference between the current category rate and the rate that you originally paid. 
To switch event categories:
1.    Login to your Active account at MyEvents.Active.com.
2.    On the My Events page you will choose “Change event category” in the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon event block.
3.    Choose the category in which you would like to switch.
*Due to the team registration functionality, race switching is not available for the Marathon Relay. You cannot switch from the Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K into the Marathon Relay and vice versa. 
**Only the Marathon Office can switch participants that registered with a coupon code. 

 Can I transfer my registration to another person?
Yes, you can transfer your registration to another person. The fee to transfer your registration is $15. You will receive a refund of your original registration rate, minus the race transfer fee, once the person you are transferring the registration to accepts the invitation (to eliminate confusion and prevent the new runners registering independently from the transfer). The new runner will have to pay the current registration rate when they register. Please follow the steps below to transfer your registration to another person:
1.    Login to your Active account at MyEvents.Active.com.
2.    On the My Events page you will choose “Transfer my registration" in the DICK’SSporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon event block. 
3.    Enter the email address of the person you are transferring your registration to. 
4.    The person you are transferring to will receive an email from Active with directions on how they register. 
5.    All online registration transferring closes at 11:59 PM EST on 3/31/15.
*Due to the team registration functionality, registration transferring is not available for the Marathon Relay through MyEvents.Active.com – relay participants must transfer through the Marathon Office.
** If a participant registered via a paper registration form; paid with cash, check or coupon code; or were registered by another person, they c
an only transfer through the Marathon Office. 
***Kids Marathon registrations are not transferrable. 

 How can I make a claim for the race insurance I purchased with my registration?
Our organization does not provide the insurance you purchased. The insurance provided by Active is through a third-party insurance company, Allianz Travel Insurance. You will need to contact ATI directly to process any claims:
Customer Service:  888-497-6987
Claims: 888-497-6989

 I registered for an event, but my name isn’t appearing in the search results.
If you registered yourself, you most likely didn't click the box to include your name in the Active search. If that's the case, you can login to your account at MyEvents.Active.com and update your profile. If you were registered by someone else, Active automatically keeps names from appearing in the search results. If you were registered by someone else, you'll need to claim your registration at MyEvents.Active.com to edit your profile. See the claiming registration instructions above for more information. Please note that those under 18 will not appear in the searchable results regardless of how they were registered. Also, charity runners will not appear in the searchable results. Please contact your charity to confirm your registration. 

 I've never run a marathon or a half marathon. Do you offer training?
Please visit our Training webpage. Training programs and a listing of training seminars will be available soon.

 How long do I have to complete the race?
The Half Marathon course will be open for 3.5 hours and the Marathon course will be open for 6 hours. There will be two checkpoints along the course that will require participants to meet at least a 14:00 minute/mile pace. Any participants that do not meet these requirements must board a sweep vehicle, which will drop off near the finish line.

 Do you offer pace leaders?
Yes, participants can join a pace team at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo on either Friday, May 1 or Saturday, May 2. Please visit the pace team page for more information. 
 

Relay Questions

 Does my relay team need to have 5 runners?
No, a relay team can have anywhere from 2-5 team members.

 I am a team captain. Do I still need to register as a team member?
Team captains will automatically be registered as a team member when they register, pay and create a Relay team. Team Captains do not have to register a second time as a team member. If you are not participating on the relay team that you are creating, you should not create the team as you will automatically be registering yourself to run and will count toward your team maximum of 5 members.

 Can I participate in the Marathon/Half Marathon and the Marathon Relay?
Yes, participants who are registered for the Marathon or Half Marathon, can also participate on a Relay team; however, the participant must officially register for both events. Runners that will continue on to run the Marathon or Half Marathon must run the first leg of the relay. On race day, pin your Relay race number over the Marathon/Half Marathon race number on the front of your shirt and the white Relay designation on your back. 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 D-Tag from your shoe so you can continue on as a Marathon or Half Marathon runner. Do not continue running until your Relay D-Tag and Relay race numbers are removed.

 How long does our team have to complete the course?
The Marathon Relay course will be open for 6 hours. There will be two checkpoints along the course that will require participants to meet at least a 14:00 minute/mile pace. Any participants that do not meet these requirements must board a sweep vehicle, which will drop off near the finish line.

 I am registered for the Marathon Relay. Can I switch to another race weekend event?
Due to the team registration functionality, race switching is not available for the Marathon Relay. You cannot switch from the Marathon, Half Marathon or 5K into the Marathon Relay and vice versa. Please email kpavlich@pittsburghmarathon.com for additional information.

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