Frequently Asked Questions | 2021 Great Race - Pittsburgh

Frequently Asked Questions

Important information for all registered race participants

WHEN IS THE 2021 GREAT RACE?
The Great Race will take place on Sunday, September 26, 2021. 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?
Online registration is open. You can register here.

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR ONE GREAT CHALLENGE?
In 2020, we introduced One GREAT Challenge, and more than 600 runners completed both the 5K and 10K events as part of their virtual One GREAT September. At the in-person event, One GREAT Challenge poses an even greater undertaking for participants: you’ll run the 5K (which you’ll need to do within 40 minutes of the start of the race), jump on a bus to the 10K start line, and then run the 10K. For the in-person event, the 2021 One GREAT Challenge is limited to the first 250 registrants. To sign up, register for the 10K and add One GREAT Challenge to your registration in the products and merchandise section of the registration form.

IF YOU HAVE TO CANCEL THE EVENT BECAUSE OF COVID-19, WILL I GET A REFUND?
If COVID-19 forces the in-person event to be canceled in 2021, we will shift to a virtual format and provide options for registered runners regarding their participation.

I CAN NO LONGER ATTEND. CAN I GET A REFUND?
The Great Race does not offer refunds or deferrals but you may tra nsfer your registration to another runner. 

WILL THERE BE A VIRTUAL OPTION?
Yes, there is a virtual option for all events.

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 20 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 20, 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 20 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 20, 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.  

HOW DO I REQUEST A SEEDED POSITION FOR THE 10K?
Seeded positions are only available for the 10K. In the registration process, you will be asked to enter a link to a qualifying result from one of your past races. Results must be for a 5K or longer race, in the 2019/2020 calendar year and 6:45 minute mile or faster for men or 7:42 minute mile or faster for women. If you were a seeded runner for the 2020 Great Race prior to the virtual change, you are automatically qualified for 2021.


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. To view the 2019 course map with elevation, click here. The 2021 course map will be posted soon.

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.