Whether you dream of running a marathon but are not quite ready, you’ve already made the 5K rounds, or you love cheering along the sidelines on race day, then the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler is for you.
Debuted in 2013 by P3R (Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc.), the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler has become Pittsburgh’s premier fall road race. This Sunday, some 5,000 participants from 32 different states—including Olympians and U.S. National Champions—are expected to toe the starting line.
Starting at 8 a.m. on Sunday, November 6, the event takes runners on a scenic tour of Pittsburgh’s charming and authentic neighborhoods—such as the West End, Northside, Lawrenceville, and the Strip District—and ends in the heart of Downtown.
The race start line is located near Station Square between the Monongahela River and the historic Duquesne Incline. The first handcycle is expected to finish on Liberty Avenue Downtown at 8:30 a.m., and the first runner is expected to break the finishers tape at 8:45 a.m.
This year, there’s a lot to celebrate, because the 10 Miler also kicks off the 2016-17 PRRO Circuit—an international competition series of five classic and prestigious road race events that are shorter than the marathon distance. In 2017, the 10 Miler is slated to host the PRRO Championship race.
For its momentous fourth edition, the 10 Miler boasts a $26,200 prize purse, including $4,000 for each race champion and American-only bonuses totaling $5,200.
Race day wouldn’t be complete without lively course entertainment and enthusiastic community engagement, which will include energetic cheer groups, neighborhood activities and live music by Father Flamethrower, Mo Nelson, DJ Spidey and The Sidewinder Band. NEXTpittsburgh is proud to be a sponsor of the race.
Check out the many post-race festivities, such as finish line snacks, music and sponsor tents, a family reunion area, and more. Over in Market Square, The Yard will host a special Barefoot Bubbly Post-Race Celebration.
Not to miss around noon is the stupendous Houdini 100 event taking place at the corner of Wood St. and Liberty Ave. Watch in awe as Pittsburgh-based, nationally touring magician and comedian Lee Terbosic attempts to reenact Harry Houdini’s world-famous upside-down straight jacket escape exactly 100 years after the Hungarian illusionist performed the death-defying stunt high above the same exact Pittsburgh corner. You’ll have to be there to believe it.
Looking for more events? Check out our 10 Pittsburgh events not to miss in November and 10 great family adventures in Pittsburgh this November feature stories.