Runners of Steel!
I have to admit, the Pittsburgh Half Marathon is arguably my favorite race. Partially because of hometown pride, partially because it is a challenging course, and mostly because it’s a community-supported event. Initially, I was going to type out another mile-by-mile recap of the race, but I decided to post the highlights instead:
- Cheer teams featuring pit bulls in tutus (the Human Society), greyhounds, Native American dance troops, a lone bongo drummer, and a drum line
- A full choir performing on the steps of its church
- Local businesses handing out gummy worms and oranges to runners
- Food trucks offering free food for race spectators
- Neighborhood parties with beer
- A pastor giving pre-race blessings and allowing runners to use the church’s bathrooms
- Bands/musicians every one or two miles and plentiful water stops
- Eat ‘n Park Smiley cookies for post-race snacks
- A finisher’s medal made from steel
- Restaurants offering runners free beer
- Unintentionally messing up my bib name (again), and hearing people cheer – “Go CP!”
- Giving a high-five at the finish line to a marathoner who qualified for Boston by 24 seconds
- WE ARE – PENN STATE chants from other runners and spectators alike
- Crisscrossing the city over 6 different bridges
- Owning the mile-long climb from miles 11 – 12
- Getting to run and catch up with one of my best friends from college!
- Seeing friends and family at the finish line!
Race time: 2:58:54.