RacesHalf Marathon

The UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon has been a runner favorite since it's inception in 2009. Run over Pittsburgh's three rivers, across bridges with amazing views of the city skyline, and travel through unique neighborhoods lined with spectators and entertainment that showcases Pittsburgh's history and diversity.

Course Description

Pittsburgh is known for its rivers and bridges and the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon course will not disappoint. You’ll cross Pittsburgh’s three rivers over three different bridges each with their own distinct architecture and incredible views of the city.

Your tour of the city will take you through different and unique neighborhoods featuring festivals, bands, and cheerathoners that will keep you motivated and smiling all the way to the finish line. PLUS, the course will take you past the stadiums of legendary Pittsburgh sports teams - the Steelers, Pirates and Penguins.

  • USA Track & Field certified course 
  • There are eight medical aid stations positioned along the course 
  • Water and Nuun Hydration carbohydrate + electrolyte pre-mixed drinks will be offered at eight fluid stations along the course
  • Honey Stinger gels will be available at one location along the course.

Get Ready to Move

Steel Challenge
Are you planning on a warm-up run Saturday, May 2?  Then join us for the annual STEEL CHALLENGE. Run the 5K on Saturday and the marathon, half marathon or marathon relay on Sunday to earn a special bonus medal!
Run for a Reason
Connect your passion with purpose and commit to fundraise for a meaningful cause close to your heart. You can select the charity that you want to run for in the registration process.

Additional Race Information

Packet pickup is located at the Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 1, 2020, and Saturday, May 2, 2020.

Race packet confirmation tickets will NOT be mailed. Participants are required to provide the following items in order to retrieve their race packet:

  1. Race Number* 
  2. Photo ID

*All marathon, half marathon and marathon relay participants will be able to look up their race number prior to race weekend. Race numbers are also available for look-up via the P3R mobile app under the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon race OR by visiting the Race Number Look-Up kiosks located within the Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on race weekend. 

Pick Up For Another Participant

Participants may authorize another individual to retrieve the race packet on their behalf. The individual picking up the packet is required to show (their own) photo ID along with providing the following items. 

  1. Packet pickup slip - Slips will also be available onsite at the Expo to complete in person
  2. Participant race number - Available for lookup in the mobile app, on the website or at the Expo
Registration Rules
  • No refunds or deferments of entry fees 
  • Minimum age for Half Marathon: 16 on May 3, 2020
  • Paper/mail-in registrations will not be accepted after January 1, 2020
Course Rules
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates and roller blades are not permitted on the course 
  • Headphones (iPods, mp3 players, CDs, tape walkmans, radios, etc.) are discouraged 
  • Push rim and hand crank wheelchairs are permitted on the Marathon course ONLY; no wheelchairs are permitted on the Half Marathon course.
Course Time Limits

City streets, police officers and support are contracted for specific times and cannot be extended. Some easy points to remember: all runners must be to the 16th Street Bridge by 8:20 AM, the West End Bridge by 9:15 AM and the Birmingham Bridge by 10:20 AM.

The overall course pace is 16:00 minutes per mile. If you are unable to adhere to the permitted pace per mile, you may be asked to board a sweep vehicle that will take you to the marathon relay shuttle drop off area at Centre Avenue and 6th Avenue, which is several blocks from the finish line. If you refuse to board the vehicle, you must move to the sidewalk so traffic can resume.

If you choose to continue after the roads have reopened, there will be no medical support, fluid stations or course marshals at intersections, and the course will no longer be marked. Participants after that time will not be guaranteed a time or medal.

Drug Policy

The DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon has a zero-tolerance drug policy.

Athletes who participate in DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon events may be subject to drug testing. Athletes with positive drug test results will forfeit any prize money and will be disqualified from the event in which such athlete participated. 

Elite and Seeded Runners Division 

To qualify as a seeded runner, a URL must be provided with race results meeting the following requirements:

Seeded Male = 6:30 minute mile or under 
Seeded Female = 7:29 minute mile or under 

Results must be for half marathon or greater and in the 2019 or 2020 calendar year.

If you would like to be considered for a seeded position, please include your qualifying URL when you register. If you do not provide a qualifying URL (as stated above) or the link does not work, you will not receive a seeded position. The seeding deadline is March 15, 2020. You will be notified via email near race week if you have been approved for a seeded position. There are a limited number of seeded spots available. Decisions will be made based on finish times and then registration date.

Please email questions to info@P3R.org with the subject line “Seeded Runner.” 

Elite Athlete Program

The 2020 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon elite field is by invitation only. Acceptance into the program is not based solely on time. Entry is based on recent performance, potential finish and the discretion of the Elite Athlete Committee.

Please contact ryan.hogan@p3r.org if you would like to be considered for the 2020 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon elite field. 

P3R Anti-Doping Policy

To be eligible for elite entry or prize purse at any P3R Event, an athlete must:

  • Not be currently serving a suspension for use of a banned substance*
  • Not have ever served a ban for use of performance-enhancing drugs*+
  • Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who have had 2 or more athletes receive such suspensions in the previous 4 years (from the current year’s race date)*
  • Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9, W-8ECI or W-8BEN)
  • Consent to random drug testing according to the standards and procedures of USATF, USADA and WADA

*A list of athletes who have received a sanction for a doping violation under the athlete’s international federation rules and/or the USOC Anti-Doping Policies can be found here: http://www.usada.org/ and https://www.iaaf.org/athletes/athlete-representatives/directory

+ Unless otherwise agreed by the P3R Games Committee

All participants who finish the race within the established time limits will receive a finisher medal.

Cash Awards

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top U.S. male and female finishers. To view the 2020 prize purse, click here.

Age Category Awards

Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers for the Marathon in the following age categories for men and women: 19 & Under, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79 and 80+

Other Awards

Clydesdale (men over 200 pounds) and Athena Divisions (women over 150 pounds) winners will be awarded in the following categories: Marathon Top 2 Men Over 40, Marathon Top 2 Men Under 40, Marathon Top 2 Women Over 40, Marathon Top 2 Women Under 40.

To be eligible, competitors must weigh in at the Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 1, 2020 from 11:00 AM – 8:00 PM or Saturday, May 2, 2020 from 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM. 

Award Rules
  • Age category and Clydesdale/Athena awards are based on chip time, not gun time.
  • Awards will be mailed once official race results have been submitted. Please allow three to four weeks post-race for awards to be distributed.
  • Overall and Masters category winners are not eligible for age group awards.
  • Pennsylvania resident and Steel City Road Runners (SCRR) member are bonus categories and are eligible for overall prize money and age group awards.
  • Steel City Road Runner members must be registered for the basic membership by April 1, 2020 to be eligible for the Steel City Road Runners member prize money. You must indicate that you are an SCRR member when asked during registration.


Race Results

Congratulations to all of the 2019 participants! Click here to view results for Sunday, May 5, 2019.  

Questions about your results? Contact Lakeshore Athletic Services at eric.yates@lakeshoreathleticservices.com.


Click here to see the official photos from the 2019 event from our official photography partner MarathonFoto. 

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