P3R

Downtown Pittsburgh
July 28
7 p.m.

It’s a bird . . . it’s a plane . . . it’s the one-miler! Whether you’re a seasoned marathoner or lacing up those running shoes for the first time, The GNC Live Well Liberty Mile is for you.

Come Friday night, 1,000-plus participants will toe the start line for Pittsburgh’s favorite one-mile timed race. A unique nighttime road race, the Liberty Mile is accessible to a variety of fitness levels. It’s short, fast and fun for the entire family.

From Olympic athletes and the country’s fastest runners attempting to run a mile in under four minutes—to newbies and energetic canines—the event will activate the heart of Downtown.

Featuring a USA Track & Field record-standard certified course, the race starts on Penn Ave. between Fifth Ave. and 6th St. and ends on at 6th and Liberty.

More of a spectator? Cheer on champions Heather “Queen of the Road Mile” Kampf and 2016 Olympian Ben Blankenship, who are returning to defend their titles.

New to running? Opt for the recreational “One for Fun” mile, where participants ages 5 to 76 will have 20 minutes to complete the course.

After crossing the finish line, check your time online and help yourself to a race t-shirt, goody bag and refreshments.

Celebrate with post-race activities in Market Square and parties (plus free beer!) hosted by participating Downtown restaurants.

Register here.

Jennifer Baron

Jennifer has worked at the Mattress Factory, Brooklyn Museum of Art and Dahesh Museum of Art and is co-author of Pittsburgh Signs Project: 250 Signs of Western Pennsylvania. She also is co-coordinator...