Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

April 17, 2012


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The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, commonly referred to as the Pittsburgh Marathon, is an annual footrace held in May in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in the United States. From 1985 to 2003, the race was held annually and named the UPMC/City of Pittsburgh Marathon, although serious financial difficulty within the City of Pittsburgh municipal budget and UPMC’s withdraw from title sponsor led to suspension of the race from 2004 to 2008. In 2009, the event was revived with a new title sponsor, Dick’s Sporting Goods, and renewed interest in the race.

Aside from the marathon, several races occur including a half marathon, five-person marathon relay, 5k race and kids marathon. The 2012 race had the largest field in the history of the race. Registration for 2012 closed with roughly 25,000 participants between all races, with 6,000 entrants in the full marathon, 13,000 entrants in the half marathon, and 800 teams in the marathon relay, with the remaining entrants distributed in the 5K.

Website: Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon | May 5, 2013


  • Marathon
  • Half Marathon
  • Marathon Relay
  • 5K
  • Kid’s Marathon

Start Times

  • Wheelchair Race – 6:50 AM
  • Runners & Walkers Marathon, Half Marathon & Relay – 7:00 AM
  • 5K Run – 8:00 AM, May 4
  • Kids Marathon – 10:00 AM, May 4


Early bird registration fees is $90 for the Marathon and $80 for the Half Marathon. You can register on the official website of Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. Paper/mail-in registrations will not be accepted after January 1, 2013.

Course / Route Map




The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon will start on Liberty Avenue between Sixth Street and Seventh Street. This is the city’s widest, undivided downtown street. The new finish line is located on the Boulevard of the Allies, between Stanwix Street and Commonwealth Place. The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon 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.

Runners will race on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, cross each of the three rivers in Pittsburgh and travel through the South Side, Oakland, Shadyside and Bloomfield neighborhoods – just to name a few. The course runs along the rivers of the City and challenges you on a hill that takes you into the University area of Pittsburgh. The last five miles are downhill as you return into the downtown area.

The 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.

Time Limits and Cutoffs

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.

Water Stops

  • There will be 20 fluid stations along the route where Water/Gatorade will be available.
  • GU 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

Prize Money/ Awards

Cash prizes will be awarded to the top male and female finishers. The 2013 prize awards are listed below:

1st – $8,000, 2nd – $6,000, 3rd – $4,000, 4th – $2,500, 5th  – $1,500, 6th  – $1,000, 7th – $500
1st – $1,000, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $250
Marathon U.S. Men (2:25 or faster)
1st – $1,000, 2nd – $700, 3rd- $500, 4th – $350, 5th – $100
Marathon U.S. Women (2:50 or faster)
1st – $1,000, 2nd – $700, 3rd – $500, 4th – $350, 5th – $100
Marathon Pennsylvania Resident:  1st – $1,000
Marathon Pittsburgh Resident: 1st – $500
Marathon Wheelchair Athletes (Rim and Hand Crank):
1st – $1,000, 2nd – $500, 3rd – $250 – Each Division
Half Marathon:
1st – $6,500 2nd – $4,000 3rd – $3,000 4th – $2,000 5th – $1,000 6th – $500 7th – $250

Prizes will be awarded for the top three finishers for the Marathon and the Half 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 lbs) and Athena Divisions (Women over 150 lbs)
Winners will be awarded in the following categories:
Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Top 2 Male & Female Over 40, Top 2 Male & Female Under 40

Course Records

Men: John Kagwe (KEN)2:10:24 (1995)
Women: Margaret Groos (USA) 2:29:50 (1998)

T-Shirts, Medals, Certificates

  • All participants receive a race shirt
  • All finishing participants will receive a finishers medal

Race Day Weather

The temperature typically varies from 49°F to 65°F and is rarely below 38°F or above 79°F.

Results & Past Winners

Results of past years of the event are available on our Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Results page, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half-Marathon Results page and Pittsburgh Marathon 5K Results page.

Race Date

May 4, 2014

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{ 1 comment… read it below or add one }

Alan Henderson August 10, 2012 at 11:20 pm

When does registration open for the 2013 Pittsburgh marathon? Thanks


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