May Deemed Too Early for Marathon-Sized Event
January 28, 2021
City of Pittsburgh anticipates smaller, regional events returning this summer
PITTSBURGH (January 29, 2021) — The City of Pittsburgh has shared that it would not grant a permit for the 2021 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events, effectively cancelling this year’s event. City officials and P3R have worked closely over the past several months to develop plans to ensure the safety of all participants, volunteers and spectators. Ultimately, the City determined that, due to the size of the Pittsburgh Marathon, safely hosting several thousand participants along with hundreds of thousands of spectators from all over the country and the world would not be possible.
“All of us at the City of Pittsburgh are optimistic that we will be able to host in-person events as soon as it is safe to do so,” said Mayor William Peduto. “We will continue to work closely with P3R in the coming weeks and months to host in-person races and other events starting this summer.”
“We have worked for months right alongside our partners at the City of Pittsburgh to plan for this event, and we are so grateful for all of their help and support,” said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO. “We understand the difficult position they are in, and we know that our partners with the City are just as excited as all of us at P3R to get back to a live start line this summer at the Fleet Feet Liberty Mile and the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race.”
All registered participants will have the option to continue to train and race virtually, and, in doing so, they will earn a finisher medal, event shirt, and running jacket (for qualifying events). If the virtual race option doesn’t work for someone, they can choose to receive a refund of their registration fee.
For more information about the event and registrant options, please visit: www.ThePittsburghMarathon.com.
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About the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
The Pittsburgh Marathon was held annually from 1985-2003. After a five-year hiatus, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon was relaunched in 2009 and debuted with a sold-out field of 10,000 participants. It has grown each year since, evolving from a single race day into a weekend of events for the whole family that annually attracts almost 40,000 runners. Read more at: ThePittsburghMarathon.com
P3R is the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races. We strive to inspire any and all to run with us. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, P3R runs a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. Anyone and everyone is invited to #RUNwithP3R! Read more at: P3R.org