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Frequently Asked Questions

» WHEN IS THE 2014 GREAT RACE?

» WHAT IS THE CAP FOR THE 2014 GREAT RACE?

» DO I HAVE TO RUN THE RACE I SIGN UP FOR, OR CAN I
» SWITCH DISTANCES IF I WANT TO?

» WHEN AND WHERE IS GREAT RACE EXPO?

» DOES THE RACE COURSE FEATURE A LOT OF HILLS?

» IS SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE?

» WHAT ARE THE ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE GREAT RACE?

» I CAN'T REMEMBER IF I HAVE REGISTERED. IS THERE ANY WAY
» TO VERIFY MY REGISTRATION?

» I WOULD LIKE TO BE SEEDED.
» HOW DO I REQUEST A SEEDED POSITION?

» HOW DOES A 10K TEAM REGISTER?

» I CAN NO LONGER PARTICIPATE IN THE GREAT RACE.
»CAN I TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION TO A FRIEND?

» HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR THE GREAT RACE?

» SUBMIT A QUESTION

 

WHEN IS THE 2014 GREAT RACE?
The Great Race will take place on Sunday, September 28, 2014. The 5K Run & Fitness Walk will begin at 8:00 am at the corner of Fifth Ave. and Atwood St. in Oakland, and the 10K Run will begin at 9:30 am by the corner of Beechwood Blvd. and S. Dallas Ave. in Frick Park.
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WHAT IS THE CAP FOR THE 2014 GREAT RACE?
The Great Race 5K and 10K will be capped separately again in 2014, for a total of 16,000 runners:
• 10,500 in 10K run
• 5,500 in 5K run/fitness walk
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DO I HAVE TO RUN THE RACE I SIGN UP FOR OR CAN I SWITCH DISTANCES IF I WANT TO?
Given that the 10K and 5K races are capped individually, it is important that you select the race you intend to run when registering. While we are able to allow runners who register for the 10K to switch down to the 5K, we can no longer allow runners who registered for the 5K to switch up to the 10K. If you select the 5K when you register, you cannot switch to the 10K. Registrants who wish to switch down from the 10K to the 5K must do so in writing, and the requests can only be granted if 5K spots are still available. Requests submitted via the “submit a question” feature below are acceptable.
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WHEN AND WHERE IS GREAT RACE EXPO?
The Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Great Race Expo will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh on Friday & Saturday, September 26 & 27. Please visit the expo page for more information.
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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 elevation map.
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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 Fifth Avenue Place) from 6:15 am to 7:15 am for 5K runners and from 7:15 am to 8:45 am for 10K runners.

There is no fee to ride the shuttles for registered runners. Just as in 2013, the shuttle fare is included in the registration price! Runners 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 am to 12:30 pm for runners who parked at the start lines and wish to return to their vehicles. Please visit the Transportation page for complete shuttle details as well as complete parking information.
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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. The schedule is as follows:

        closed
to traffic
  open
to traffic
Zone A   Start Line on Beechwood Blvd. to Forbes and Morewood Aves.  
8:30 am
  approx.
10:00 am
 
Zone B   Forbes and Morewood to Fifth Ave and Bigelow Blvd.  
8:30 am
  approx.
10:30 am
 
Zone C   Fifth Ave and Bigelow Blvd. to Fifth Ave & the newly constructed Oakland ramp to Blvd. of the Allies  
6:30 am
  approx.
10:45 am
 
Zone D   Fifth Ave & the Oakland slip ramp to Blvd. of the Allies to Liberty Ave.  
6:30 am
  approx.
11:00 am

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I CAN'T REMEMBER IF I HAVE REGISTERED. IS THERE ANY WAY
TO VERIFY MY REGISTRATION?

Yes. Please click here to verify your registration. If you cannot find your registration but feel you have registered, please call 412-255-2493 to have a staff member check for you before registering again. Registrations are non-refundable so we cannot refund duplicate registrations.
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I WOULD LIKE TO BE SEEDED.
HOW DO I REQUEST A SEEDED POSITION?

To request a seeded position, simply compose a brief letter to the Race Director stating your request for a seeded position. Include with the letter a copy of 10K results from the past 12 months. The letter can be mailed to:

Race Director
Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race
459 City County Building
414 Grant Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15219

Once the request is received it will be reviewed and if the 10K times you provided are good enough to be included in our seeded runner pool, then you will receive a seeded number when you pick up your packet and number at the Great Race Expo. When checking your race number prior to picking it up at the expo, if your number is below 625, then you have been seeded.
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HOW DOES A 10K TEAM REGISTER?
To register as a team for the 10K, a team captain must fill out a team declaration form either online or on paper. A team must consist of a minimum of three (3) to a maximum of five (5) runners, and each runner must be individually registered as a runner.

New for 2014: Teams can register online! Team registration will be available via the REGISTER page once our Early Bird registration has sold out. Team captains can enter their contact info, team name, and team category online and pay with a credit card.

Once a team has been entered, team members can add themselves to the team by simply selecting the team they wish to join from the drop down menu on the 10K registration page while registering themselves for the race.

Please note: if a team member registers before the team is created, then it will not be available to select from the drop down menu. In this case, submit the team name and any team members that need to be added to it via the “Submit a question” feature at the bottom of the page and we will add them retroactively.

Paper Team Declaration Forms will still be available for download on the TEAMS page for those who wish to submit their team forms via mail.

The fee for a team registration is $25.00, and team declaration forms can be turned in up to the close of The Great Race Expo on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Any forms received after the close of the Expo will not be accepted. Click here for a team form.
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I CAN NO LONGER PARTICIPATE IN THE GREAT RACE. CAN I TRANSFER MY REGISTRATION TO A FRIEND?
Yes. Transfer forms will be available on the REGISTER page of this site once both the 5K and 10K events have reached their cap. Both the original runner and new runner must sign the form, and the new runner must fill out all of the information on the second page. Incomplete transfer forms cannot be processed. A $5.00 processing fee (check or money order, no cash) must be included with the transfer form. Also, the new runner must participate in the distance (5k or 10k) that the original runner registered for.
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HOW CAN I VOLUNTEER FOR THE GREAT RACE?
To sign up to become a Great Race volunteer as an individual or as a group, please visit the volunteer page. Simply fill out the form for yourself or your group, and select your preferred shift(s). Some shifts or areas require more volunteers than others, so the availability of some shifts may be limited.
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SUBMIT A QUESTION
Don’t see your question listed above? Enter your email address and question below, and a Great Race staff member will respond to your question in a timely manner.
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