More than 10,000 participants expected for One Great Weekend, scheduled for Sept. 24-25
PITTSBURGH, PA – Registration is now open for the 45th annual Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield and 27th annual Dollar Bank Junior Great Race. More than 10,000 are expected to cross the finish line in historic Point State Park during this year’s One Great Weekend, scheduled for Sept. 24-25. The weekend of events includes a 10K and 5K on Sunday preceded by a Family Fun Run, Tot Trot and Diaper Dash on Saturday.
“Since the first edition in 1977, the Great Race and Junior Great Race have become cherished fall traditions for runners of all ages and abilities,” said Brian Katze, race director. “Each year, One Great Weekend inspires our community to be active and reach new fitness goals. We love seeing those who are walking their first 5K at the start line, as well as welcoming back our Perfect Great Racers, who have run every 10K since the beginning. This event truly is for everyone.”
Registration for the 5K and 10K opens at $30 while the Junior Great Race events are $10. All participants will receive a race shirt and medal for their accomplishments. The event will once again offer the One Great Challenge, which is an opportunity for runners to complete both the 5K and 10K races while earning a bonus medal in addition to the 5K and 10K medals. The first 500 registrants in both the 5K and 10K can register for just $25, and early bird pricing of $30 will continue through February 16.
“Each year the Great Race reflects the vibrancy of the Pittsburgh region and the importance of maintaining one's fitness even in later stages of life,” said Ken Balkey, one of the 21 Perfect Great Racers. “Each year, the Pittsburgh Great Race is a celebration of life for me. I suffered sudden cardiac arrest 10 weeks prior to the 1998 event, but was most fortunate to recover to be one of the last finishers that year. Thus, each year when the Great Race is held, I am deeply grateful to join my family and friends for this wonderful event.”
Proceeds from the popular fall fitness classic will continue to support amyloidosis research and advocacy. Each year, the Great Race donates $1 from every Great Race and Junior Great Race registration to the Richard S. Caliguiri Amyloidosis Fund, a fund held by the Pittsburgh Foundation that is dedicated to supporting medical research.
For the sixth year in a row, the City of Pittsburgh will partner with P3R, the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races including the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, to produce the 2022 Weekend of Events. For more information or to register, visit: www.RunGreatRace.com