Marathon Sunday: Where to watch, cheer, eat and where not to drive


This Sunday’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh will go through Deuschtown and Allegheny West. Click on the map to visit the Marathon’s offical website to see the full version of the course map. (Map courtesy Pittsburgh Marathon).

The Northside’s finest business districts will be highlighted this weekend when the Dick’s Sporting Good’s Pittsburgh Marathon kicks off.

More than 22,000 participants will weave through the city, running to the beat of some 60 bands and 40 cheer groups.

In total, the marathon goes through 13 different neighborhoods and across four of the city’s bridges, but the Northside is highlighted from miles 4 through 6 and again at the finish on the North Shore.

Miles 4-5

Come rain or shine, the portion of the course that includes East Ohio Street is known for its welcoming, enthusiastic crowds.

Spectators can join cheer groups from Spring Hill Elementary School and Urban Impact to cheer on runners in Deutschtown. Participants can also stop by the Trib Total Media booth in West Park to make a sign to support runners.

Barbara Burns, owner of Sweet Time Café, is one of the establishments open Sunday on East Ohio Street, along with Bistro-to-Go, which will feature a special brunch.

“I think anytime that people highlight our streets and see the improvement we made it’s a positive thing,” Burns said. “You can see runners when they’re fresh and you can see them at the end from here!”

Sunday will also coincide with the debut of Sundae Market, a monthly flea and craft market that will be held in East Park from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., which will bring extra traffic to the East Ohio Street and Commons area.

“The Market will be adding to the running festivities,” said Benjamin Falvo organizer of the event and past Northside resident. “It will create a full day to accompany the marathon.”

Miles 5-6

After making the turns in Allegheny Commons, runner will make their way up Ridge Avenue and onto Western Avenue. This is where the first relay exchange point is for runners who are part of a marathon relay team.

Here, runners will be encouraged by “cheerathoners” from Pittsburgh Allegheny Middle School, Brown Chapel Outreach Committee and the Western PA Humane Society.

Having runners and spectators run through Allegheny West is a move that will spotlight all of the changes that have occurred in his business district, said Kerry Kennedy. Kennedy, owner of KS Kennedy Distinctive Floral, said his business will be open early on Sunday, along with the Modern Café and Little Deli a few doors down.

“The folks that aren’t normally coming to the neighborhood are certainly going to come now to watch on race day,” he said.” It’s a really great meeting place. It shows Western Renewed.”

The rest of the course

After runners pass through the Northside, they’ll make their way across the West End Bridge, where for the first time ever, the West End neighborhoods will be highlighted. Pittsburgh Schiller Middle School will be cheering on runners here.

Runners will head through the West End, the South Side, Oakland, Shadyside and several other neighborhoods before entering the Strip District and Downtown again for their final stretch into the North Shore area.

Street closures

Motorists and pedestrians should be aware of numerous street closures on the Northside, and the rest of the city, on Sunday.

Effectively, the portion of the course that includes the 16th Street Bridge, East Ohio Street, Allegheny Commons, Ridge Avenue, Western Avenue and the West End Bridge will be closed from 6:30 – 9:30 a.m. For a full list of road closures in the city, see the Marathon’s official road closures guide. 

Approximately 50 Port Authority bus routes will be detoured for several hours as well. Detours will begin with start of service Sunday and are expected to last until the end of the marathon, approximately 2 p.m. All routes will remain on detour until this time regardless of local street reopening, Port Authority says. Information on route detours can be found at the Port Authority’s website.



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