After being cooped up all winter, it’s time to go out and enjoy the weather before it gets too hot! The Pittsburgh area is home to many great races each year. These range from marathons to 5Ks, Tough Mudders, and even cycling races. Many of these races are charity events for causes in and around Pittsburgh. Check out some of the races around Pittsburgh below; they are great ways to get active and support great charities at the same time.
Date: April 18 at 8 a.m.
Location: PNC Park
About: This race includes both a 5K run and walk, as well as a one-mile family fun run. Proceeds benefit Pirates Charities, which is committed to strengthening the community by supporting organizations and programs aimed at improving the lives of children and adults in the Pittsburgh region.
Date: April 25 at 8 a.m.
Location: North Park Swimming Pool
About: The Superhero Run includes a 5K run, 5K walk, and a 1K family fun run. Proceeds from the race benefit CASA of Allegheny County, which helps abused and neglected children. Costumes are encouraged!
Date: April 26 at 8 a.m.
Location: Heinz Field
About: The March of Dimes March for Babies and Run for Babies raise funds and awareness to help moms have healthy, full-term pregnancies.
Date: May 3 at 7 a.m.
Location: Downtown Pittsburgh
About: The annual Pittsburgh Marathon consists of a full marathon, half-marathon, marathon relay, 5K, kids’ marathon, and a pet walk. More than 30,000 participants run in the races each year, with 4,000+ volunteers assisting throughout the races. In 2014, the marathon supported 52 different charities.
Date: May 9 at 8 a.m.
Location: Seven Springs Mountain Resort
About: This seven-mile mud run has participants going over, under, and through various obstacles. Seven Springs has helped partner with more than 1,100 community organizations since 2006.
Date: May 10 at 6:30 a.m.
Location: Flagstaff Hill, Schenley Park
About: This race includes a 5K run, 5K walk, as well as a kids’ dash. Proceeds go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, which supports breast cancer research, treatment, and awareness.
Date: May 17 at 10 a.m.
Location: Stage AE
About: The Color me Rad 5K is a new twist on runs: along the course, volunteers coat you with colorful liquids, powders, and gels — turning your body and clothes into a tie-dyed canvas of sorts. The local charity associated with the race is Ronald McDonald House Charities of Pittsburgh, which helps to provide temporary housing for families in need of medical treatment in the Pittsburgh area.
Date: June 6 at 8:30 a.m.
Location: Kennywood Park
About: This event includes both a 5K run and walk, as well as a 10K run. Registration includes a ticket for the rest of the day at the park. Roller Coaster Races supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh, which helps to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one relationships that change their lives for the better, forever.
Date: June 13 and 14 at 7:30 a.m.
Location: Moraine State Park
About: Bike MS is a two-day bike tour through scenic western Pennsylvania and eastern Ohio. The race includes one- and two-day options, with routes ranging from 64 to 100 miles long. The race benefits the National MS Society, which helps to educate, inspire, and empower those affected by multiple sclerosis. Bike MS helps to raise money for research and other services.
Date: June 21 at 8 a.m.
Location: Heinz Field
About: The Man Up Father’s Day race includes a 5K run, 5k walk, and a 10K run. The race helps to benefit the Obediah Cole Foundation for prostate cancer. The main goals of the Obediah Cole Foundation are early detection, education, and awareness.
Which races you will be participating in this spring?