To say that I was pumped to run Pittsburgh was a total understatement. While you can take the girl out of the 'Burgh, you can't take the 'Burgh out of the girl. Let's face it, as a girl who proudly bleeds black and gold, having a start line in front of PNC Park is quite amazing and finishing near Point State Park where you can see Heinz Field?!?! EPIC!
My parents and I all ran the 5K. Never in their lives did they think that they would run in Pittsburgh, so this is very special for them. We got to the race fairly early, so Momma K and I went wondering around town and took some fun pictures along the way.
My friend Steffany at Run Steff Run hosted a meet-up/Tweet-up before the race. Since I came in from out of town for the weekend, this was a great opportunity for me to meet some bloggers and friends I have made on social media over the past few years. It was also great to help everyone shake any pre-race jitters. With a lot of us taking part in the Steel Challenge and running either the relay, 1/2 marathon, or full marathon the following day, a number of us had conservative race goals.
There was a different type of pre-race hype hitting me today. This wasn't just any race - I was about to run PITTSBURGH! I have waited for this weekend for several months and the first race of the weekend was about to take off!
The first part of the course was a little congested which is expected at races of this size (about 2500 runners). Once you got to the mile 1 marker, things really spread out a bit. The 2nd mile you do a small loop inside of West Park before heading back towards the Andy Warhol Bridge and finishing near Point State Park.
The Pittsburgh 5K course was absolutely fantastic. It was everything that I hoped it would be and even a little more. By far, my favorite part was running over the bridge, so I am glad that this was at the very end of the race.
After I finished, I waited for mom, dad, and a few friends to finish. A shout-out to my dad who ran his fastest 5K in quite some time at this race! Once we were finished we headed towards the finish festival area and Point State Park for some pictures.
No matter if you are looking for a 5K or if you are going for the Steel Challenge, I highly recommend this Pittsburgh 5K. It was super organized, a great course, and a great time for sure!
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