This morning hundreds of runners met on North Shore to kick off their 4-month training for the 2022 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, scheduled for April 29-May 1


PITTSBURGH (Jan. 8, 2022) –After two years of crossing virtual finishers tapes, runners are thrilled for the opportunity to toe the start line of an in-person DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend of Events. This morning more than 300 runners met outdoors at P3R headquarters on the North Shore for the annual Pittsburgh Marathon Kickoff Training Run and started their 4-month training for the 2022 race weekend, which is scheduled for April 29-May 1.

“The entire running community is so excited to be back together again,” said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO. “Today we were thrilled to see first-timers who took up running during the pandemic, as well as welcome back our dedicated runners who stuck with us and ran virtually the past two years. The energy and excitement we felt today is a small preview of what the start line on Liberty Avenue is going to feel like on May 1. Our running community is going to be bigger and better than ever before.”

Steel City Road Runners, along with pace leaders from City of Bridges Run Club and Pittsburgh Rogue Runners, led runners on 5K and 10K training runs at various pace options to accommodate runners with all levels of experience. The freezing temperatures did not stop participants from enjoying the camaraderie of the Pittsburgh running community that many runners have missed the past two years.

“I’ve been waiting since 2020 to run the new UPMC Health Plan BACK Half Marathon, and I’m so excited that I’m finally going to be able to run it in-person this year,” said P3Runner Cara Group.

Attracting nearly 40,000 runners annually, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend of Events is Pittsburgh’s largest sporting event. The 2022 event will inspire the entire family to MOVE with something for everyone including the Pittsburgh Pet Walk, Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot, Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, UPMC Health Plan / UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, FedEx Pittsburgh Marathon Relay, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon and DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. For more information or to register, visit

About the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend of Events

The Pittsburgh Marathon was held annually from 1985-2003. After a five-year hiatus, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon was relaunched in 2009 and debuted with a sold-out field of 10,000 participants. It has grown each year since, evolving from a single race day into a weekend of events for the whole family that annually attracts nearly 40,000 runners. Read more at:

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About P3R

P3R is the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races. We strive to inspire any and all to MOVE with us. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, P3R runs a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. Anyone and everyone is invited to #RUNwithP3R! Read more at: