FAQs | The Great Race

Frequently Asked Questions

Important information for all registered race participants

WHEN IS THE 2019 GREAT RACE?
The Great Race will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2019. The 5K Run & Fitness Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Ave. and Atwood St. in Oakland, and the 10K Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. by the corner of Beechwood Blvd. and S. Dallas Ave. in Frick Park (Squirrel Hill).


HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE GREAT RACE?
You can register online here until Friday, September 27 at 11:59 p.m. After online registration closes, you can register in person at the Expo on Friday, September 27 and Saturday, September 28. Race day registration is available starting at 6 a.m. on race morning in the Lobby of Three Gateway Center.

WHEN CAN I PICK UP MY PACKET?
Packet pick up takes place at the Great Race Expo on Friday, September 27 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Further Great Race Expo details are listed below. If you are not able to pick up your packet at the Expo, you can visit late packet pick up on race morning from 6 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. in the Lobby of Three Gateway Center.

WHEN IS THE GREAT RACE EXPO?
The Great Race Expo presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield will be held on Friday, September 27 from 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. and on Saturday, September 28 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. The Expo will be held in Hall E of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.

DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RACE I SIGN UP FOR OR CAN I SWITCH DISTANCES IF I DESIRE?
If you would like to transfer your registration to another sub-event, you can do so online up until September 22 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to be taken to our registration page. From our registration page click on “Transfer” from the left or right side navigation bars. Once logged into your Race Roster account, click “To a New Sub-Event” in the blue box and complete the steps as directed. If necessary, click here for detailed directions on how to transfer from one sub-event to another from Race Roster. Please note there will be a $5 fee to transfer to a new sub-event + any applicable change in registration fees. 

If you wish to switch distances after September 22, you will need to visit the Runner Services booth at the Expo. Please pick up your bib before visiting the Runner Services booth to change races. There will be a transfer fee associated with switching races.

CAN I TRANSFER MY BIB TO A FRIEND?
If you would like to transfer your registration to a new participant, you can do so online up until September 22 at 11:59 p.m. Click here to be taken to our registration page. From our registration page click on “Transfer” from the left or right side navigation bars. Once logged into your Race Roster account, click “Transfer to a New Participant” in the blue box and complete the steps as directed. If necessary, click here for detailed directions on how to transfer your registration to a new participant from Race Roster. Please note the new participant will pay a $5 transfer fee. The original participant will not receive a refund. The exchange of monies is between the original participant and the new participant.   

If you wish to transfer your registration to someone else after September 22, you can transfer your registration at the Runner Services booth at the Expo. Both parties do not need to be present for the transfer. Only the new runner (the person receiving the bib) needs to be. The new runner can pick up your bib and shirt and then go to the Runner Services booth to fill out a bib exchange form. Please note, there will be a transfer fee.

DOES THE RACE COURSE FEATURE A LOT OF HILLS?
The Great Race course does contain hills, but it is predominately downhill. Miles 1 and 5 contain the most uphill sections, while miles 2, 3, 4, and 6 contain light rolling hills and downhill stretches. Click here to view the course map, with elevation.

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN IN THEIR STROLLER?
Baby joggers, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, strollers, roller skates and roller blades are NOT permitted on the course.

DOES THE COURSE HAVE A TIME LIMIT?
Due to public safety reasons, we ask that all participants maintain a 12 minute-per-mile pace. If you cannot adhere to the permitted pace per mile, there is a possibility that you will be asked to board a sweep vehicle that will take you to the shuttle drop off area. 

If you do not want to get on the sweep vehicle, you will need to move to the sidewalk, so traffic can resume. If you choose to continue after the course has reopened, we cannot guarantee that there will be medical support, fluid stations, or course marshals at intersections, and the course will no longer be marked. Participants after that time will not be guaranteed a time or medal.

IS SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE?
Yes. Shuttle service is available to those who wish to park Downtown by the finish line and ride to the 5K and 10K start lines. Shuttles will leave from Stanwix St. between Penn Ave. and Liberty Ave. (in front of Gateway T Station) from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. for the 5K start line and from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. for the 10K start line.

The shuttle fare is included in the registration price! Participants do not need to purchase a special pass to board the shuttles. Simply show your bib when you board and you are all set! Shuttles will leave from the same location from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for individuals who parked at the 5K and 10K start lines and wish to return to their vehicles. Please visit the Transportation page for complete shuttle details as well as complete parking information.

WHAT ARE THE ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE GREAT RACE?
Street closings for both the 10K and the 5K are divided into four separate zones. Zones C & D will be closed at 6:30 a.m. Zones A & B will close at 8:30 a.m. Each zone will re-open at different times.