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Pittsburgh Marathon

Pittsburgh, PA

Race Dates

2017: Sunday, May 7, 2017
2016: Sunday, May 1, 2016

Course Information

Profile: Rolling Hills
Type: Loop
Surface: Road/Pavement
Certified?: Yes

Race Day Weather

Mean Temp.: 55°F (12°C)
Average High: 66°F (18°C)
Average Low: 44° F (6°C)

Historical Weather

PR Score & Course Score

PR Score: 98.15
Course Score: 98.15

Race Size

2016: 3,604 Finishers
2015: 4,214 Finishers
2014: 4,507 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2017: N/A
2016: 5.9%
2015: 6.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

**New Course for 2017**

Marathon Rankings

The Pittsburgh Marathon was the 22nd largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 19th largest in 2015.

Last year 5.9% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 6.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2015.

This gives the Pittsburgh Marathon the 355th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 306th highest percentage in 2015.

Its Course Score of 98.15 ranks it as the 290th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 12th fastest course in Pennsylvania.

The typical race time temperature and humidity levels are within the ideal range for optimal marathon performance. This, coupled with the Course Score, gives the Pittsburgh Marathon a PR Score of 98.15. This PR Score ranks it as the 240th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 11th fastest in Pennsylvania.

Learn more about PR Scores and Course Scores on the FAQ page.

Elevation Chart

Max Elevation: 985 feet (300m)
Min Elevation: 724 feet (220m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Pittsburgh Marathon

4.7 Stars from 3 Reviews

review of 2015 Pittsburgh Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


An extremely well-organized event from (pre) start to (post) finish! A great course that is challenging yet showcases the city of Pittsburgh. Good crowd support, excellent on-course amenities, a popular expo before and fun post-race atmosphere.

Race Tips

The course may have changed (is supposedly much flatter), but was rather hilly in 2015 which is great for providing variation but can also slow potential times. Be prepared for the hills (some of which come while crossing bridges). Train specifically for both up and downhills. It can also be warm this time of year so proper hydration and fueling are also key.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

The start and finish are conveniently located right downtown which is a small(ish) and very walkable area.

review of 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


The race organization was great. The crowd and live bands along the course were a nice treat for runners.

Race Tips

There are some intense climbs. The first half I found to be more challenging that the second. Running over the bridges was a cool experience, but they provided for some of those inclines I was speaking of before.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

Do not park downtown. Park on the outskirts (Station Square) and walk into town.

review of 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


I've run the Pittsburgh marathon in 2002, 2009, 2013. Each time it has been well organized. The course is challenging but pretty flat for Pittsburgh. In 2013 I qualified for Boston at Pittsburgh with 5 minutes to spare so it is certainly doable on this course. Weather is usually good that time of year. One year was a bit warm, and light rain one year. But nothing you wouldn't expect on any race. The expo and organization have always been good. Good entertainment, good support from the crowds. Nice finishing area with the last few miles a gradual downhill which is always a plus. A big marathon but not huge.

Race Tips

You can run pretty even pace and effort at Pittsburgh. Get there early because the downtown is confusing to drive and lots of roads will be closed. Best parking areas are across the river by the football and baseball stadiums on the north shore. An easy mile walk or jog to the start from there. Mile 12 to 13 up Forbes Avenue into the Oakland area is the tough bit, a long gradual uphill.

Logistical Tips (Hotels, Restaurants, Parking, Discounts, etc.)

You can stay at many downtown hotels. There are also a lot of hotels and restaurants in the Cranberry area (north on I-279/I-79). On a weekend morning that's a 20-25 minute drive to downtown. Best parking areas are across the river by the football and baseball stadiums on the north shore. An easy mile walk or jog to the start from there.

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