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Frequently Asked Questions


» WHEN IS THE 2016 GREAT RACE?

» WHAT IS THE CAP FOR THE 2016 GREAT RACE?

» DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RACE I SIGN UP FOR,
» OR CAN I SWITCH DISTANCES?

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

» SUBMIT A QUESTION


WHEN IS THE 2016 GREAT RACE?
The Great Race will take place on Sunday, September 25, 2016. 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).

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WHAT IS THE CAP FOR THE 2016 GREAT RACE?
In 20016, The Great Race 5K and 10K again will be capped separately for a total of 16,500 participants: 

• 11,000 in 10K run
• 5,500 in 5K run/fitness walk


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DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RACE I SIGN UP FOR OR CAN I SWITCH DISTANCES IF I DESIRE?
Given that the 10K and 5K races are capped individually, it is important that you select your chosen race when registering. While we are able to allow individuals who register for the 10K to switch down to the 5K, we can no longer allow participants 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 THE 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 23 & 24. 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 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. for 5K participants and from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. for 10K participants.

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 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 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.

Send the letter via email to: info@rungreatrace.com

Or mail the letter to:

Race Director
Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race
462 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, 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, you’ll know that you have been seeded if your number is below 625.

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