The 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon

In a list of The World’s 25 Best Marathons, Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon ranked number 8.

The Active Times reports that several indicators make for a marathon worth running, including a “great course, enthusiastic fans, and a race that’s well-organized.” They also factored in votes from their readers, as well as runner reviews, course quality, and fan ratings.

“Pittsburgh gets rowdy for their annual marathon. Participants boast of the incredible crowd support. One runner commented, “The spectators were enthusiastic and the neighborhood cheering groups–bands, cheerleaders, step dancers, percussion groups, choirs, etc. gave it a lot of personality. Though Pittsburgh has a particularly hilly landscape, the course winds through, and most of the race is flat,” says the Active Times.

The New York City Marathon snatched the #1 spot, with Chicago and Boston taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. Pittsburgh did manage, however, to beat out Philadelphia’s race, the Berlin Marathon, and the marathon held in Walt Disney World.

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Rebekah Zook is a Duquesne grad and all-around story-telling enthusiast. A former fellow at WESA, she worked as a production assistant for their daily talk show. Most recently, she taught in the Propel Charter School system as a visiting artist. When she isn’t writing, Rebekah is a trip leader for the local non-profit organization Venture Outdoors. You can usually find her in a bright yellow kayak.