Join us for the sixth running of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events! The weekend kicks-offs on Friday, May 2, 2014 with the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo. On Saturday, May 3, we’ll host the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon and Pittsburgh Pet Walk. The weekend will close on Sunday, May 4 with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, and FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay.
Registration for 2014 events is open! Click here to register. Please note that registration for Marathon wheelchair and hand crank participants will open in December 2013. Please visit event pages for specific event pricing.
Are there age restrictions for registering for a particular race distance?
Yes, runner must be 18 years old on May 4, 2014 to run the Marathon; 16 years old on May 4, 2014 to run the Half Marathon and 14 years old on May 4, 2014 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, how you plan to train/prepare for the event and the reasons why you believe that you are qualified to participate. 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 the Marathon, Half Marathon, Marathon Relay, 5K or Kids Marathon?
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, see the transfer registration information below. Please note that only Marathon and Half Marathon participants can transfer a registration.
Can I register another person when I complete my own registration?
Yes, click here to view detailed instructions to register another participant.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
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:
- Login to your Active account at MyEvents.Active.com.
- On the My Events page you will choose “Change event category” in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon event block.
- 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:
- Login to your Active account at MyEvents.Active.com
- On the My Events page you will choose “Transfer my registration" in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon event block.
- Enter the email address of the person you are transferring your registration to.
- The person you are transferring to will receive an email from Active with directions on how they register.
- All online registration transferring closes at 11:59 PM EST on 3/31/13.
*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 can only switch through the Marathon Office.
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 is 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
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.
I've never run a marathon or a half marathon. Do you offer training?
Please visit our Training page. 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 meet the pace team at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo on either Friday, May 2 or Saturday, May 3. Please check back for more information regarding our pace team.
Does my relay team need to have 5 runners?
No, a relay team can have anywhere from 2-5 team members. Please note that all relay team members must be registered on a team before online registration closes on March 31, 2014. Any individual team member not registered by March 31, 2014 will incur a $50.00 fee to be added to a relay team race weekend at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo.
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.
Where is packet pick up located?
Packet pick up is located at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo in Halls D and E at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center - 1000 Ft. Duquesne Blvd in downtown Pittsburgh on Friday, May 2, 2014 and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
How do I pick up my packet?
All participants will be mailed a confirmation ticket 1-2 weeks prior to the race weekend. Participants will bring the confirmation ticket to the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo to receive their race number, race bag and race shirt.
What if I am unable to pick up my packet?
If you are unable to pick up your participant packet in person during regular GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo hours, someone else may pick it up for you. The person picking up your packet is required to present your confirmation ticket and provide his/her contact information. One person is limited to picking up 3 participant packets including his/her own. Relay team members are permitted to pick up their entire team's packets. The person must be a relay team member and follow the procedure for picking up another participant's packet.
Do you offer race day packet pick up?
There is no race day packet pick-up.
What are the dates and hours of the Health and Fitness Expo?
The GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo will be held Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 2014.
Where will the Health and Fitness Expo be held?
The Expo will take place at the David Lawrence Convention Center which is located in downtown Pittsburgh, 1000 Fort Duquesne Blvd, Pittsburgh, PA 15222.
Where and when can I pick up my runner packet?
Packet pickup will be held at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo during all regular Expo hours on Friday, May 2 and Saturday, May 3, 2014. There will be no packet pick-up on Sunday, May 4, 2014 or at Dick’s Sporting Goods Stores.
Is your course hilly?
Our course is fairly level for the first 12 miles. At that point it climbs 200 feet, over the next 2 miles, before it levels off. The last 4.5 miles of the course area is a net downgrade. Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon elevation charts are available on each event page.
What is the course like?
The course is closed to automobile traffic. It is a scenic tour of the bridges and neighborhoods of the city of Pittsburgh. Many of the neighborhoods hold festivals on race day. The crowd support is excellent, and music by the mile will add to the festivities. There are many points at which the crowd can view the participants.
Can you tell me about your water and aid stations?
There will be 20 fluid stations and 16 aid stations along the route. The aid stations are staffed by the UPMC Sports Medicine medical personnel and trainers. Medical aid stations will also be available at the start and finish lines. Click here for more information about fluid/aid station locations and amenities.
Is the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon a “Boston Qualifier”?
Yes, it is a sanctioned, certified course.
May I use a baby jogger, MP3 player or I-Pod, roller blades, scooter, headphones or ear buds?
Baby joggers, roller blades and scooters are prohibited. MP3 players, iPods, headphones or ear buds are strongly discouraged.
Is there a time limit for 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. The 5K course will close at 9:20 AM. Participants must meet at least a 14:00 minute/mile pace.
I would like my charitable organization to participant with the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and listed on the website. What should I do?
Our Run for a Reason Charity Program Presented by Guardian Storage Solutions is closed for the 2013 race. If you would like your organization to be placed on a wait list for 2014, please email your contact information to Mara Spisso at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How can I register as a charity runner?
Click on a charity's logo on our charity page. Select the event you want to participate in and complete the registration form/fundraising page. Please note that registering through CrowdRise will register you for the event of your choice and create your fundraising page; you will not need to register for an event through Active.com. Once you submit your CrowdRise form, you will receive a confirmation email within one week.
I'm already registered fro an event, but I would like to run for a charity. Can I still participate?
Yes, if you are already registered, you should email the participating charity directly. Please note, you will NOT be refunded for your registration fee; your fee will be applied towards your charity fundraising minimum.