2014 Pittsburgh Marathon - Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon
2014 Pittsburgh Marathon - Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon
Chuck LeClaire, P3R Photography.

North Shore & Downtown Pittsburgh

May 2
Start time: 9:30 a.m.

Photo by Jared Wickerham.

Ready, set, run! Before you and your family and friends cheer on the 30,000-plus runners who will take to the streets on Sunday, May 3rd to compete in the highly anticipated 26th Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, your kids can join their own exciting race as part of the weekend’s festivities.

Kicking off at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd, the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon is a wonderful way for kids to welcome spring, stay fit and active, meet new friends and enjoy the city outdoors.

The one-mile Kids Marathon starts on West General Robinson Street near PNC Park on the scenic North Shore. The course continues across the Andy Warhol Bridge and then ends at the official marathon finish line downtown on the Boulevard of the Allies. All kids will receive goody bags at the finish line. Each child may have one adult run with them on race day at no additional charge. Registration is $20.

Chuck LeClaire, P3R Photography.

Ready to get started? On Friday, May 1st, stop by the packet pickup booth at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center between 11 a.m. and 8 p.m. While at the Expo, kids can test their climbing skills at the Venture Outdoors climbing wall. Or pick up your race number and shirt on race morning, Saturday, May 2nd, at the packet pickup tent in Gold Lot 4 (corner of West General Robinson Street and Mazeroski Way).  The tent will open at 6:30 a.m.

After the race, join all of the fun at the Eat’n Park Finish Line Festival in Point State Park, featuring E.L.F. Entertainment, inflatables, midway games and an obstacle course for all ages.

View the 2015 Kids Marathon course here. See a map of the start line waves here.

Have a toddler in tow? The marathon’s Toddler Trot starts at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 2nd. Held in downtown’s Point State Park, the Toddler Trot is recommended for children ages 2 to 4 years old. Each child must have one adult run with them on race day, and children must be able to walk with minimal assistance.

Already a Kid of STEEL? Kids of STEEL schools and organizations have the option to receive their students’ race numbers and shirts ahead of time so that they can distribute these items at their participating school or site. Serving more than 6,000 kids from 10 different counties in 120 schools and organizations, Kids of STEEL is a unique exercise and nutrition program that inspires and educates children to incorporate quality nutrition, an active lifestyle, regular exercise and healthy eating habits into their daily routines.

On Sunday, May 3rd, be sure to check out all of the Pittsburgh Marathon festivities, including entertainment, live bands, neighborhood festivals, cheerathoners, spectator zones and more.

Please note: bicycles, skateboards, scooters, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates, roller blades and animals are not permitted on the course.

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...