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5 races for non-runners

All right, Pittsburghers! Running races and events are popular in the Steel City these days, with a wide variety of distances and difficulty levels to choose from. But some of you feel left out because you are not “runners,” right? Basically, what I am hearing is that you want a challenge without so much running.  I searched high and low to find the best non- or minimal running challenges in Pittsburgh!

These upcoming challenges will test you both physically and mentally in a fun, supportive environment.

1. Harmony Polar Plunge on January 1, 2015

polar plunge
Want a challenge that involves a little swimming and a whole lot of mental toughness? Look no further than the Polar Plunge. Brave the cold and join others by plunging into the Connoquenessing Creek to raise money for a great cause! Be sure to dress warm and stay safe.

2.GoRuck Challenge on January 9, 2015

go ruck challenge
Go Ruck events are based on special operations training and focused around teamwork, leadership, and communication. They strive to teach people what it feels like to be a part of a team that operates together and focus on pushing your limits. The location of these events is usually top secret until 24 hours before the event. They are sure to challenge you in new ways!

3. Race to Any Place on February 21, 2015

race to any place
Race to Any Place is a six-hour bike race benefitting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Individuals of all fitness levels gear up in teams of up to 12 and race as many miles as they can in intervals of fifteen minutes. All fitness levels are welcomed; just bring your positive attitude and come ready to work hard!

4. Fight for Air Climb on March 28, 2015

fight for air climb
In the Fight for Air Climb, teams and individuals participate in a race up skyscrapers, stadiums, and arenas. This climb is a great way to be active, challenge yourself, and meet new friends interested in fitness like you!

5. The Great Amazing Race Pittsburgh on April 19, 2015

the great amazing race
The Great Amazing Race is a national race series for adults and kids grades K-12. The race is a one-mile loop with obstacles and challenges testing all ranges of abilities. How well you work and communicate with your partner are the most essential skills to winning the race. The great part is that the course includes varying levels of difficulty (easy, intermediate, difficult) based on the age and fitness level of the participants doing the challenge.

Do you know of any other challenges in the area? Perhaps you know of a CrossFit competition or another event? Leave your events in the comments below to share with the entire community!