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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: 98.12
Course Score: 98.12

Race Size

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

BQ Percentages

2016: 5.9%
2015: 6.9%
2014: 7%

Miscellaneous Information

Pace Groups?: Yes

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Course Description

The Pittsburgh Marathon starts on the North Shore of Pittsburgh, crosses each of the three rivers in Pittsburgh and winds through the South Side, Oakland, Shadyside and Bloomfield neighborhoods.

The last five miles are downhill or flat as you return into the downtown area.

Marathon Rankings

The Pittsburgh Marathon was the 19th largest marathon in the U.S. last year and was the 19th largest in 2014.

This 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 316th highest percentage of Boston Marathon qualifiers in the U.S. last year and the 233rd highest percentage so far in 2016.

Its Course Score of 98.12 ranks it as the 288th fastest marathon course in the U.S. and the 13th 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 98.12. This PR Score ranks it as the 238th 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: 729 feet (222m)


Ratings & Reviews for the Pittsburgh Marathon

4 Stars from 1 Reviews

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.

Finish Time Equivalent

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