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Race Dates

2019: TBD
2018: Friday, May 6, 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

2018: No Results
2017: 3,439 Finishers
2016: 3,604 Finishers

BQ Percentages

2018: N/A
2017: 7.7%
2016: 5.9%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

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Marathon Rankings

The Pittsburgh Marathon was the 19th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 23rd largest in 2016.

Last year 7.7% of finishers qualified for the Boston Marathon and 5.9% of runners qualified for Boston in 2016.

This gives the Pittsburgh Marathon the 264th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 348th highest percentage in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.15 ranks it as the 301st fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 15th 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 244th fastest marathon in the U.S. and the 12th 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)


Recent Pittsburgh Marathon Reviews

4.4 Stars from 7 Reviews
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review of 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


Great crowd support, supplies still plentiful even at the back of the pack. It was hilly but not nearly as bad as I had feared based on other reviews and the elevation chart. Diversity of the different neighborhoods was great. There were volunteer hill runners at the Oakland hill (around mile 12) which was really nice.

Race Tips

I'm slow anyway but I kept a pretty easy pace until after about mile 17. There is a fairly steep down hill section that lasts a mile .. around mile 23 which was far harder on my body than the up hills.

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

I stayed at Cambria hotel about .7 of a mile away from the start and .9 from the finish so that was helpful. Ate with a friend at the restaurant at the DoubleTree (about .4 from my hotel). We didn't partake but they had a pasta special going on for runners.

review of 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon.   

3 / 5 Stars


I am from Pittsburgh so this was a must-run for me at some point in my life. However, I do not live here anymore and was not able to train as well as I would have liked to for the hills. If you are not from Pittsburgh, this race might not be on your bucket list. The second 13 miles are all hills. It is a very scenic and beautiful race, but it is definitely rough on your legs and I cannot imagine anyone getting a PR on this course. The volunteers are wonderful and so are all of the people who come out into the streets to watch and help the runners. If you are a Pittsburgh native, it is definitely a very special experience!!! But if you are from another city, you can probably find a different race somewhere else which will allow you to get a PR.

Race Tips

The second half is extremely hilly starting at mile 12 going up into Oakland. It is all hilly until Mile 24 aprox. when there is a sharp downhill. Then it is more or less flat the last two miles going into the downtown area of Pittsburgh. Weather could be just about anything during early May in Pittsburgh. They were calling for snow flurries the days leading up to the race this year, but on the day of the race, it ended up being about 40 in the morning and then warming up to about a perfect 50 something while running. It ended up being a gorgeous race day.

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

We are from Pittsburgh, but to make things easier, we ended up staying at a hotel right in Market Square the night before the race. It made things sooooo much easier.

review of 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon.   

4 / 5 Stars


Great to run through city
Nice size (not too small and not to big) Crowd support most of the way

Hard course (don't expect a PR)
post race traffic

Race Tips

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

Stay downtown for easier in and out.

review of 2017 Pittsburgh Marathon.   

5 / 5 Stars


You get to see so many different neighborhoods of Pittsburgh that you might not normally see. There is decent crowd support throughout, but definitely more around the relay handoffs. Don't skimp on the hill training, the back half is very challenging, but fair. Make sure to pace yourself correctly after the halfway point or your quads will be chewed up going into the last downhill around mile 24.

Race Tips

Aim for even effort and maybe look to bank a little bit of time early in the race. Don't be too aggressive, but take advantage of some sections in the first half. Definitely incorporate hill training since this is not a flat course.

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

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.

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