Monday, October 3

Pittsburgh Marathoners prepare for race day, crews block streets


The Pittsburgh Marathon is officially back in business after COVID-19 forced a two-year hiatus.“I did want to do it both years, and just because of COVID and everything going on, it was a bummer to miss out,” Hannah Collier said. “It feels nice to be back this year and really get back into the swing of running and the events and things opening up.”As marathon participants are resting up for the race, organizers are pulling some late-night hours to block streets and set up detours meant to keep thousands of marathon, half marathon, and relay runners safe.“The whole group, the whole downtown atmosphere — it’s an amazing day,” Danial Lampmann said.Marathoners picked up their packets Saturday evening in preparation for the starting line .“Living here for a few years and seeing other people do it, it’ll be cool to finally get to do it myself,” Zach Snedeker said.It’s the main event in a weekend that attracts roughly 40,000 runners to the city.“ It’s always exciting to run a race,” Anthony Thompson said. “It’s a great community to be around, everyone cheering for each other.” Some of the bridges and main streets throughout the city will be closed. Downtown road closures will start at 1:30 am and last until 2:30 pm That means the Port Authority will have to make some detours. Most Port Authority detours will start at the beginning of service and last until 3:30 pm, but some could remain in place as late as 7 pmThe extra service typically offered on previous marathon days is not guaranteed this year. The Port Authority said in a statement it’s due to “staffing and hiring challenges.”The deadline for getting cars off the race route was 11 pm Saturday night, which means any car left on the 26.2-mile course leading up to the finish line is at risk of being towed. Parking along the route will be restricted until 2 pm on Sunday,

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The Pittsburgh Marathon is officially back in business after COVID-19 forced a two-year hiatus.

“I did want to do it both years, and just because of COVID and everything going on, it was a bummer to miss out,” Hannah Collier said. “It feels nice to be back this year and really get back into the swing of running and the events and things opening up.”

As marathon participants are resting up for the race, organizers are pulling some late-night hours to block streets and set up detours meant to keep thousands of marathon, half marathon, and relay runners safe.

“The whole group, the whole downtown atmosphere — it’s an amazing day,” Danial Lampmann said.

Marathoners picked up their packets Saturday evening in preparation for the starting line.

“Living here for a few years and seeing other people do it, it’ll be cool to finally get to do it myself,” Zach Snedeker said.

It’s the main event in a weekend that attracts roughly 40,000 runners to the city.

“It’s always exciting to run a race,” Anthony Thompson said. “It’s a great community to be around, everyone cheering for each other.”

Some of the bridges and main streets throughout the city will be closed. Downtown road closures will start at 1:30 am and last until 2:30 pm That means the Port Authority will have to make some detours.

Most Port Authority detours will start at the beginning of service and last until 3:30 pm, but some could remain in place as late as 7 pm

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The extra service typically offered on previous marathon days is not guaranteed this year. The Port Authority said in a statement it’s due to “staffing and hiring challenges.”

The deadline for getting cars off the race route was 11 pm Saturday night, which means any car left on the 26.2-mile course leading up to the finish line is at risk of being towed. Parking along the route will be restricted until 2 pm on Sunday,


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