What a perfect morning for this race! Although it was a little humid, it was nice and sunny. When we arrived downtown, we parked in the Gold Lot next to Stage AE and walked to the tent area. Since hubs and I were pacing, our bibs were at the volunteer tent and my Dad’s bib was at registration. They had shirts with the signature Yinzer 5K logo and PGH marathon bags with all the goodies in them.
This event was organized as a charity event to raise funds for the Light of Life Rescue Mission located on the North Shore. This organization offers food, shelter, woman’s programs, and a recovery program to support the homeless population in Pittsburgh. Today, they were able to raise $12,000 for this great charity.
The start line was on the road between the Great Lawn on the North Shore and the entrance to Stage AE. Jim Krenn was on hand to do all of the pre-race announcements in his best yinzer accent. The gun went off and we ran past PNC Park towards river avenue. We went straight past the P3R Marathon Office before hitting the water stop. We made a right turn at the water stop to pick up the river front trail running back towards the stadiums. It was so nice running next to the river, the breeze was a welcome break! We ran straight down the path to the Science Center and made the right back on to the road. Just about 200 meters left to the finish line! As you crossed the finish line, you were cheered on by the Pitt Cheerleading team and mascot.
I love the course! It was basically flat (except for the tiny hill leading up to the Science Center) which is great for PR’s. Since we were running in that area, we also had support from some of the SCRR members that hung around after their morning run. The runners were great! I had the chance to chat with many of the people in my group about their training and their goals for today. Just about every one of them pushed themselves to cross the finish line before me.
The After Party
After the race, you were greeted with yinzer treats like pierogis, sausage hoagies, meatballs, smiley cookies, ice cream from Isaly’s and Turner’s Ice Tea. Core life eatery was also on hand with yummy drinks like beet lemonade. And they had a bounce house for the kids. They gave out awards for overall, age groups and of course the best dressed yinzer. It was such a fun event! If you are local you should put it on your race calendar for next year!
Run for A Reason
And, what I’m most excited about is joining the fundraising team for Light of Life at the Pittsburgh Marathon. This year, I’ll be running for a reason with a goal to raise more than $350 for the charity. Since it is the 10 year anniversary running of the Pittsburgh marathon, I’ve been looking for a way to celebrate. At first, I thought that might be running the full marathon but I’m enjoying half marathon training so much that I think I’m just going to stick with the half.
To help me reach this fundraising goal, I am asking for 50 of my friends to donate $5. When I reach this goal, I will raffle off two $25 gift cards to two winners. If you would like to donate more than $5, I’ll give you an extra raffle entry for every $5 you donate! Click here to donate > Let’s do this together!
I’ll keep track of the donations as they come in and as soon as I get 50 donors, I’ll announce the raffle time and do a live feed drawing for the winners!