Marathon Relay

Date:    Sunday, May 3, 2015
Time:    7:00 AM Runners

Register

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 member max of 5 people. Please contact our office at 412-586-7785 if you have any questions regarding the new registration process.

Registration Rules

  • No refunds or deferments of entry fees
  • Minimum age for Half Marathon: 16 on May 3, 2015 
  • Paper/mail-in registrations will not be accepted after January 1, 2015

Packet Pick Up

Packet pick up is located at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo on Friday, May 1, 2015 and Saturday, May 2, 2015. Click here for Expo hours and location.

All participants will be emailed a race packet confirmation ticket 1-2 weeks prior to the race weekend. Participants will need to show their email (either an electronic or hard copy) AND photo ID to pick up your participant packet - which includes the race number, participant shirt and goody bag - at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo. Please note that race packet confirmation tickets will NOT be mailed to participants.

Any participant that does not receive a race packet confirmation ticket email, will be able to look up their race number online. Please note that participants will also need to show photo ID to pick up their participant packets.

If a participant is unable to pick up a packet in person during regular GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo hours, someone else may pick up on the participant's behalf. The person picking up the packet is required to provide their contact information, the participant’s race packet confirmation ticket and a copy of the participant’s photo ID.

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.

Course Description

Click here to view the half marathon course. An elevation chart of the marathon course is available here.

The FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay course winds through the wonderfully unique and historic neighborhoods of this beautiful city. Community celebrations, cheering spectators and music throughout the course will welcome runners from all over the world. 

Leg From To Relay Exchange Location Distance
1 Start Line Exchange 1 Ridge Avenue and Merchant Street 5.5 miles
2 Exchange 1 Exchange 2 Carson Street at Smithfield Street Bridge 3.5 miles
3 Exchange 2 Exchange 3 5th Avenue and Beechwood Boulevard 6.4 miles
4 Exchange 3 Exchange 4 Baum Boulevard at S. Graham Street 6.1 miles
5 Exchange 4 Finish Line Boulevard of the Allies 4.7 miles
  • USA Track and Field certified course
  • 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 
  • Fluid and medical aid stations are positioned along the course 
  • Water and Gatorade will be offered at every fluid station 
  • Power gels will be available at locations along the course 
  • Salty snacks such as potato chips or pretzels will be available at locations along the course 

Relay Exchange Process

The FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay course is the same as the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon course. The 2-5 person relay offers a distance for everyone, regardless of their fitness level.

Each relay participant is encouraged to read the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay Handbook, which explains the relay process from picking up race numbers at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo to reaching the finish line at the Relay Exchange Zone.

Click here to read the 2014 Relay Handbook.

Travel To Relay Exchanges

Because of race day traffic and road closures, it is recommended most FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay participants walk to exchange zones one and two from the Downtown area. 

Shuttle buses will be available on race day for exchange zones three and four ONLY. Shuttles will depart from Downtown on Centre Avenue, between 6th Avenue and Chatham Square starting at 6:00 AM. Click here to view the Pick-up/Drop-off Area map. Plan to arrive at your Relay Exchange at least 30 minutes before your teammates expected arrival. If you are taking shuttles, plan on a 30-minute bus ride. Shuttles will operate until the Relay Exchange Zone closes. There are no shuttles between relay exchanges.

Click here to learn more about getting to each relay exchange zone on race day. 

Course Time Limits

City streets, police offices and support are contracted for specific times and cannot be extended. The following chart indicates road closure times per sector/mile and time limits per mile based on the time available for runners before the roads re-open. Some easy points to remember - all runners must be to the Birmingham Bridge by 10:20 AM and Half Marathoners must be at Mile 12, Forbes Avenue at Jumonville, by 11:00 AM.

If you cannot adhere to the scheduled time/pace per mile listed on the schedule, you will be asked to board a sweep vehicle that will take you to relay shuttle drop off area on Grant Street which is several blocks from the finish line. If you refuse to get on the vehicle, you must move to the sidewalk so traffic can resume. If you choose to continue after the course has 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. 

Click here for more information on course time limits. 

Award Rules

All finishing participants will receive a finisher medal.

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+

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

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

  • 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 3-4 weeks post-race for awards to be mailed out.
  • Overall and Master category winners are not eligible for age group awards.
  • U.S. and PA are bonus categories and are eligible for overall prize money and age group awards.

Click here to view the 2015 prize 

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 = 7:00 minute mile or under 
Seeded Female = 7:50 minute mile or under 
*Results must be for half marathon or greater and in the 2013 or 2014 calendar year.

If you would like to be considered for a seeded position, please email your qualifying URL to kpavlich@pittsburghmarathon.com. The seeding deadline is March 31, 2015. You will be notified via email the week of April 22, 2015 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.

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 conducted by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA). Athletes with positive drug test results will forfeit any prize money and will be disqualified from the event in which such athlete participated. 

Training

We want to help you successfully meet your race goals this May! Whether it's completing the Marathon under 4 hours or beating the course time limits, we're offering training support to meet your needs. Check out the options below and find the one that's best for you.

  • The Steel City Road Runners is Pittsburgh's largest running club. RRCA and USATF certified coaches offer customized training plans for marathon and half marathon participants as well as for beginners. The group meets three times a week for speed workouts, tempo training and long runs. Click here for more information on the Steel City Road Runners
  • The Galloway Training Program is open to anyone who is interested in running a marathon, half marathon, 5K or just getting started. The training group welcomes all levels, from beginners to Boston qualifiers. Participants will follow a customized training plan and join the Steel City Road Runners for Saturday morning group runs. 

Race Results

Congratulations to all of the 2014 participants! Click here to view results for Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, 2014.

For timing related issues ONLY, please email gracemgt@aol.com. 

Click on any event below to download your 2014 finisher certificate: 

For results from previous years, please click here. 

Graphic Results

Relive all the race fun with graphic results from RunPix. DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon and FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay participants can see a visual of each runner's pace, speed and place in race.

Click here to view your graphic results now.

 

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