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Frequently Asked Questions

 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR ALL REGISTERED RACE PARTICIPANTS
Read about transportation, late bib pick up and much more.

» Click here for the 2016 handbook


» 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?

» WHEN & WHERE CAN I PICK UP MY BIB?

» CAN SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY BIB & SHIRT?

» CAN I TRANSFER MY BIB TO A FRIEND?

» DOES THE RACE COURSE FEATURE A LOT OF HILLS?

» IS SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE?

» WHAT ARE THE ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE GREAT RACE?

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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?
Yes, you can make the switch at The Great Race Expo. Pick up your bib before visiting the Runner Services booth to change races.

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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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WHEN & WHERE CAN I PICK UP MY BIB?
Registered runners and walkers can pick up their shirts and race numbers at The Great Race Expo on Friday, September 23, and Saturday, September 24.
New Limit in 2016: Individuals can pick up a total of 4 packets (your own bib/shirt plus as many as 3 other participants’ bibs/shirts) when visiting the Expo.
Late Bib/Shirt Pick Up on Race Morning: Late bib/shirt pick up on September 25 will take place at the Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown (Benedum Room, ground floor) near the shuttle bus loading area beginning at 6 a.m.

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CAN SOMEONE ELSE PICK UP MY BIB & SHIRT?
Yes, another runner or friend can pick up your packet. He/she will simply need to know information about you such as your bib number, name, age, phone number and address..

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CAN I TRANSFER MY BIB TO A FRIEND?
Yes, you can complete the transaction at The Great Race Expo on Friday and Saturday.
Download the Registration Transfer Form »

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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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