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 and the exciting weekend of events! Activities begin 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 culminate on Sunday, May 3, 2015 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 mid-January 2015. Please visit event pages for specific event pricing.

Registration Questions

How can I confirm my registration?
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.
Will there be packet pick up after the expo has closed?

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?
What are the requirements to compete in the Clydesdale/Athena division?

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?

Charity Questions

How do I confirm my race entry as a charity runner?
How do I fundraise for a charity not listed on the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon?
How do I receive a free race entry through the charity program?
How much do I need to fundraise to qualify for a free entry?
What is the difference between and Run for a Reason charity and a contributing charity?
How can my organization be a part of the charity community?

Kids of STEEL Questions

What is the difference between Kids of STEEL and Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon?
How can I double check which program/event I registered my child?
I made a mistake when registering. What do I do now?
I have at least one child attending a Kids of STEEL school/organization that my other children don’t attend. Can we list them at the same school/organization so they can run together?
What do I do with my child’s completed Kids of STEEL training log?
Where do I pick up my child's race number, t-shirt and goody bag?
Can I race with my child?

Kids Marathon Questions

What is the difference between Kids of STEEL and Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon?
How can I double check which program/event I registered my child?
I made a mistake when registering. What do I do now?
I have at least one child attending a Kids of STEEL school/organization that my other children don’t attend. Can we list them at the same school/organization so they can run together?
What do I do with my child’s completed Kids of STEEL training log?
Where do I pick up my child's race number, t-shirt and goody bag?
Where do we park on race day?
When should we arrive?
What should we bring race morning?
Can I race with my child?
How does your Family Reunion Area operate?
Is the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon a timed race?
What fun stuff is available after the race?
What is your cancellation policy?
Are strollers, bikes or animals permitted on the course?
What if I have questions about the program that aren't answered on this site?

How can I confirm my registration? 
Please visit this link to confirm your registration in ActiveWorks. If you forgot to include yourself in the search during the registration process, please login to your Active account through myevents.active.com and update your registration. If you were registered by someone else, you will first need to claim your registration and then update your registration information. Participants under 18 are not able to be included in the confirmation search.

*Charity runners, please check back to confirm your registration. 

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 complete the Age Waiver Request Form. 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. 
***If event switching is available race weekend, there will be a flat $50 fee to switch events. You will not receive a refund even if the event you are switching into is less expensive than the rate you paid when you originally registered. Please note that there is no guarantee that event switching will be available race weekend.

 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; were registered by another person; registered at the Great Race Expo; or during the one-day SCRR sale, they can only transfer through the Marathon Office.
***Kids Marathon registrations are not transferrable. 
****The transfer fee will increase to $30 race weekend.

 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. 

 Will packet pick up after the expo has closed?

Late packet pick up location will be designated at a later date and will be available on Saturday, May 2, 2015 from 7:00-9:00 PM ONLY. Packets will only be moved to late packet pick-up if participants complete this online form prior to race weekend. Once the form has been submitted, participants will only be able to pick-up their packet at late packet pick up; items will NOT be available at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo. There is no race day packet pick up.

Marathon/Half Marathon Answers

 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 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. 

What are the requirements to compete in the Clydesdale/Athena division? 

The Clydesdale/Athena division is a weight division for male and female runners competing the marathon or half marathon. To be eligible, male and female competitors must weigh-in at the GNC Live Well Health and Fitness Expo during operating hours race weekend. Clydesdale division is open to men over 200 lbs. and the Athena division is open to women over 150 lbs. Awards will be given to the top two males and female in both the “Over 40” and “Under 40” categories in the marathon and half marathon event. 

 

Relay Answers

 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.

 

Charity Answers

How do I confirm my race entry as a charity runner?
Charity runners receive a guaranteed entry to the race of their choice when they commit to fundraising for an official Run for a Reason charity through CrowdRise. Charity runners fundraising for an official Run for a Reason charity receive a confirmation email from CrowdRise following the completion of their race registration and fundraising page. Please contact your specific Run for a Reason charity for questions on your registration and fundraising status. 

Charity runners will not appear in online confirmation searches until results are posted after the race. All race participants will receive their race number ticket 2-3 weeks prior to race weekend notifying you of your race number in preparation for packet pick-up at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness expo on race weekend (May 1-2, 2015).

How do I fundraise for a charity not listed on the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon website?
Our event offers the ability for anyone to be a charity runner, no matter your cause. To fundraise for a non-participating charity, please see the steps below:
1.    Click here to visit our 2015 event CrowdRise page
2.    Select “RUN FOR CHARITY”
3.    Select “FUNDRAISE ONLY”
4.    Select “START YOUR OWN FUNDRAISER” or “JOIN A FUNDRAISER” to join any existing fundraiser
5.    Create your fundraising page
6.    Search for your charity to choose them as your beneficiary
7.    Let the fundraising fun begin! 

How do I receive a free race entry through the charity program?
Runners that commit to fundraise for one of the official Run for a Reason charities will receive a free race entry into their choice of 2015 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon race weekend (pending a fundraising minimum). Runners fundraising for organizations outside of the Run for a Reason charity program must secure their own race entry via purchase. 

How much do I need to fundraise to qualify for a free entry?
Each charitable organization facilitates their own fundraising efforts and sets their own fundraising threshold. Please contact the individual charity for specific answers to fundraising questions. On average runners can anticipate to raise the following amounts per event:
•    Marathon - $500
•    Half Marathon - $350
•    Marathon Relay Team - $750 per team
•    5K - $150
•    Kids Marathon - $50

What is the difference between a Run for a Reason charity and a contributing charity?
A charity must apply and meet qualifying program standards to be accepted into the Run for a Reason program. Currently, 37 charities are part of the Run for a Reason program. Run for a Reason charities provide their runners with a free race entry with a fundraising commitment. 

Other charities who wish to use the event as a fundraiser but are not part of the Run for a Reason program can become contributing charities. Contributing charities are recognized for their efforts and are a crucial part of the giving community. Runners who run for a contributing charities must purchase their own race entry.

How can my organization be a part of the charity community?
We support all charitable organizations by offering new charities the opportunity to participate as a contributing charity and recognize each organization for their efforts. We welcome new organizations to be a part of the action by participating as a contributing charity. There is no cost involved and participation is easy. Organizations simply apply, recruit participants and raise money! Please email runforareason@pittsburghmarathon.com for more details. 

Kids of STEEL Answers

What is the difference between Kids of STEEL and Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon?
The Kids of STEEL program is the overall youth exercise and nutrition program where during a four month period children earn miles to run the equivalent of a full marathon (26.2 miles) and taste new fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts along the way. There is NO COST to participate in the program. The Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon is the suggested (but not required) event to complete the Kids of STEEL program. Children can run their final mile at the Kids Marathon with family and friends. There is a $20 per child registration fee for the Kids Marathon.

How can I double check which program/event I registered my child?

Check the confirmation email you received when you registered online.  You can also ask your school/organization’s Kids of STEEL coordinator or contact Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) at kidsofsteel@pittsburghmarathon.com or 412-586-7785.

I made a mistake when registering.  What do I do now?

Contact Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. at kidsofsteel@pittsburghmarathon.com or 412-586-7785 and we will help you out.

I have at least one child attending a Kids of STEEL school/organization that my other children don’t attend.  Can we list them at the same school/organization so they can run together?

Yes!  However, we suggest you check with the KOS coordinator first to make sure they are ok with listing the other siblings as students. Coordinators receive a roster of their participants from P3R.  If they don’t know/recognize the names of your other children, they may ask our office to remove these names from the list.  Listing all of your children with a KOS school ensures their race items are sent together to the school (if the KOS school decides to take advantage of the option to pick up race items ahead of time).

What do I do with my child’s completed Kids of STEEL training log?

You must turn in your child’s completed training log to receive his/her finisher prize.  If you are attending a race on Saturday, May 2, 2015, please bring the completed log to the Kids of STEEL tent in Point State Park.  If you are not attending a race, please turn your child’s log in to your Kids of STEEL coordinator for your finisher prize.

Where do I pick up my child's race number, t-shirt and goody bag?

Kids of STEEL schools/organizations have the option to receive their students' race numbers and t-shirts ahead of time so that they can distribute these items. If your child attends a KOS school/organization, please check with their coordinator to see if they will be taking advantage of this option. 
If your KOS school/organization is not distributing items or you do not attend a KOS school/organization, you have two options.

1) Visit the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 1 between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Look for the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon booth at the Expo.

2) Pick up your child’s race number and t-shirt on race morning, Saturday, May 2, near the start line. Further details will be added as we get closer to race day. Please note that kids will receive their goody bags at the finish line.

Can I race with my child?

Yes, you are allowed to run with your child. On the online Active registration form there is a question about participating with your child on race day. Simply fill in your name. A matching race number will be distributed with your child's race number. Please don’t pay and register for yourself.  Only children need to be paid and registered in the database.

NEW THIS YEAR for the Kids Marathon – each registered child will receive one race number for themselves and one race number for an adult.  Additional adults wishing to run with a child at the Kids Marathon will need to purchase a race number for $10.  These numbers can be purchased at the 5K/Kids Marathon booth at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 1 or at the 5K/Kids Marathon packet pick-up booth near the start line on Saturday, May 2. 

Kids Marathon Answers

What is the difference between Kids of STEEL and Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon?
The Kids of STEEL program is the overall youth exercise and nutrition program where during a four month period children earn miles to run the equivalent of a full marathon (26.2 miles) and taste new fruits, vegetables, beans and nuts along the way.  There is NO COST to participate in the program.

The Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon is the suggested (but not required) event to complete the Kids of STEEL program.  Children can run their final mile at the Kids Marathon with family and friends. There is a $20 per child registration fee for the Kids Marathon.

How can I double check which program/event I registered my child?
Check the confirmation email you received when you registered online.  You can also ask your school/organization’s Kids of STEEL coordinator or contact Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) at kidsofsteel@pittsburghmarathon.com or 412-586-7785.

I made a mistake when registering.  What do I do now?
Contact Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. at kidsofsteel@pittsburghmarathon.com or 412-586-7785 and we will help you out.

I have children attending a Kids of STEEL school that my other children don’t attend.  Can we list them at the same school?
Yes!  We suggest you check with your school’s KOS coordinator first to make sure they are ok with listing siblings as students.  Coordinators receive a roster of participants from P3R.  If they don’t know your other children, they may ask our office to remove these names from the list.  Listing all of your children with a KOS school ensures their race items are sent together to the school (if the KOS school decides to take advantage of the option to pick up race items ahead of time).

What do I do with my child’s completed Kids of STEEL training log?
You must turn in your completed training log to receive your finisher prize.  If you are attending a race on Saturday, May 2, 2015, please bring your completed log to the Kids of STEEL tent in Point State Park. If you are not attending a race, please turn your log in to your Kids of STEEL coordinator for your finisher prize.

Where do I pick up my child's race number, t-shirt and goody bag?
Kids of STEEL schools/organizations have the option to receive their students' race numbers and t-shirts ahead of time so that they can distribute these items. If your child attends a KOS school/organization, please check with their coordinator to see if they will be taking advantage of this option. 
If your KOS school/organization is not distributing items or you do not attend a KOS school/organization, you have two options.

1) Visit the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 1 between 11:00 AM and 8:00 PM. Look for the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon booth at the Expo.

2) Pick up your child’s race number and t-shirt on race morning, Saturday, May 2, near the start line. Further details will be added as we get closer to race day. Please note that kids will receive their goody bags at the finish line.

Where do we park on race day?
Information on parking can be found on the Race Day page on our website.  We will update information as we get closer to race weekend.

When should we arrive?
We suggest you arrive 30 minutes before their assigned wave start time.  Start times will be announced closer to race day.  Those enrolled in the Kids of STEEL program will line up with their school/organization on West General Robinson Street.  All others will line up by grade level.  If you miss your corral you can always jump into the next available one. 

What should we bring on race morning?
•    Race number for you and your child – Please complete the parent/guardian contact information on the back of your child’s race number before race day.  Race numbers need to be pinned to the front of the shirt.  The white race number should be pinned to the child.  The red race number should be pinned to the adult running with the child.

•    Kids of STEEL training log – Bring the completed log to the Kids of STEEL tent at the Finish Line Festival in Point State Park to receive your child’s finisher prize.  The Finisher Certificate can be printed at home this year.  Check out the Kids of STEEL and Kids Marathon webpages after the race to print your child’s finisher certificate.

•    Hydration – There are no water stops on the Kids Marathon course.   We will have water available for runners in the Finish Line area.  If you think you’ll need something to drink on the course you are welcome to bring it. 

Can I race with my child?
Yes, you are allowed to run with your child. On the online Active registration form there is a question about participating with your child on race day. Simply fill in your name. A matching race number will be distributed with your child's race number. Please don’t pay and register for yourself.  Only children need to be paid and registered in the database.

NEW THIS YEAR for the Kids Marathon – each registered child will receive one race number for themselves and one race number for an adult.  Additional adults wishing to run with a child at the Kids Marathon will need to purchase a race number for $10.  These numbers can be purchased at the 5K/Kids Marathon booth at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 1 or at the 5K/Kids Marathon packet pick-up booth near the start line on Saturday, May 2. 

How does your Family Reunion Area operate?
Children will be held in our family reunion area at the end of the finish line chute.  Below are two options for claiming your child:
1.    If you are running with your child, you will be able to exit through the ‘Parent with Child’ exit area. Those who are running with more than one child will need the ‘Kids Claim’ tag for each child in order to exit the Family Reunion Area.
2.    If you are not running with your child, please be sure to detach the ‘Kid Claim’ tag from the bottom of their race number before the start of the race.  You will need to provide this claim tag to our volunteer in order for your child to exit the Family Reunion Area.  Those who are reuniting with more than one child will need the ‘Kids Claim’ tag for each child in order to exit the Family Reunion Area.  

YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY IS OUR PRIORITY.  PLEASE BE PATIENT WITH OUR CHILD CLAIM PROCESS AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE FAMILY REUNION VOLUNTEERS.

Is the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon a timed race?
Our race is designed to be a "fun run" where everyone is a winner! Therefore, this is not a timed race. If your child’s time is important to him or her, please use a watch or a phone app to keep track of your child’s running time.  

What fun stuff is available after the race?
Join us after the race for the Finish Line Festival in Point State Park.  This family-friendly festival is loaded with fun activities – like an inflatable obstacle course and sports games, refreshments, special guests and more!

What is your cancellation policy?
Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. does not offer refunds or deferments.

Are strollers, bikes or animals permitted on the course?
No, for safety reasons, strollers, bikes and animals are not allowed on the course.

What if I have questions about the program that aren't answered on this site?
Send your question to kidsofsteel@pittsburghmarathon.com and we will be glad to help you.   

 

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