Race Day Information | 2023 Great Race

Race Day Info

Sunday, September 24, 2023

Bib Lookup:

Bib Lookup is now available! If you are participating in the 5K, 10K, or One GREAT Challenge, you will need to know your bib number to pick up your race packet. One GREAT Challenge participants will see a number for the 10K only - that will be your race number for both events (and you will see that you are also confirmed for the 5K).

Early Packet Pickup at Point State Park:

To avoid lines on race morning holding you up, we highly recommend you pick up your packet during the early pickup opportunities:
  • Friday, September 22 from 11 AM - 7 PM
  • Saturday, September 23 from 11 AM - 5 PM

Race Day Packet Pickup at Point State Park:

  • Sunday, September 24 from 6-8:45 AM

Race Start Times:

  • 5K: 8 AM (in Oakland at Fifth Avenue and Atwood Street)
  • 10K: 9:30 AM (in Frick Park at Beechwood Blvd.)

Parking & Shuttles:

Unfortunately we can’t tell you exactly where to park, as we won’t know ahead of time whether certain lots/garages will have capacity on race day. You can use the ParkPGH app to see which parking garages have space available. Use these links to see all of the parking garages and lots in the corresponding area:
If you choose to park downtown, you can take a shuttle to either the 5K or 10K start lines before the race (be sure to give yourself plenty of time!):
  • Shuttles will board at Gateway Plaza across from Point State Park (at the intersection of Penn Avenue and Stanwix Street)
  • From 6-7:45 AM, shuttles will run only to the 5K start line
  • From 7:45-9:15 AM, shuttles will run to both the 5K and 10K start lines
  • Please note that the last shuttle to the 10K start line will leave downtown no later than 9:15 AM!
If you park at either start line area, you can take a shuttle back to your vehicle after the race. Shuttles will board at the intersection of Ft. Duquesne and Stanwix Street. The last shuttle will depart at noon.

Public Transportation:

If you don’t want to drive and park downtown, you can take the T to Gateway Center Station and use the race shuttles to go to the start lines!

Course Map:

Make sure you’re familiar with the course map so there are no surprises during your race! You’ll want to make note of the start line and finish line locations, as well as where you can expect to find fluid stations!

Road Closures:

Road closures begin as early as 6:30 AM, so be sure that you are where you need to be before then! 
  • Fifth Avenue, ramp to Blvd. of the Allies to Commonwealth Blvd., and Liberty Avenue - roads will be closed from 6:30-11 AM
  • Fifth Avenue, Bigelow Blvd. to Fifth Avenue, and ramp to Blvd. of the Allies - roads will be closed from 6:30-10:45 AM
  • Forbes and Morewood Avenue to Fifth Avenue and Bigelow Blvd. - roads will be closed from 8:30-10:30 AM
  • 10K start line at Beechwood Blvd. to Forbes and Morewood Avenue - roads will be closed from 8:30-10 AM

Gear Check:

Gear check is only available for seeded runners. If you are not a seeded runner, you will need to keep your belongings with you or in your vehicle or give them to a family member or friend who is not participating in the race.

Seeded Runners:

  • If you qualified as a seeded runner for the 10K, your bib will have SEEDED printed above your race number and there will be a gear check tag attached to the bottom of your bib.
  • Your gear check is located at the 10K start line. Gear must be checked by 9:15 AM and will be available for pick up in Point State Park beginning at 10:15 AM.
  • Seeded positions are available only for the 10K. If you qualified for a seeded position and your bib does not have SEEDED on it when you pick up your packet, please come to the Registration Tent in Point State Park.

One GREAT Challenge:

  • If you are participating in One GREAT Challenge, you will pick up one bib for both of your events (and your bib will have two timing tags on the back).
  • You will receive your 5K, 10K, and One GREAT Challenge medals at the finish line after you complete both of your races.
  • If you have any questions, please visit the registration tent in Point State Park.


Safety is our top priority. To help ensure a safe race experience, we encourage all participants, volunteers and spectators to be aware of their surroundings. Please adhere to the following guidelines on race day:
  • Participants agree to follow the instructions of race, medical and police officials.
  • If you see a suspicious person, object, or vehicle along or near the race course, please report the sighting to emergency services by calling 9-1-1 or notify nearby law enforcement personnel.
  • Do not store, hide or leave any personal items, backpacks, packages, or clothes along or near the race route, including the start and finish line areas and Point State Park.
  • No backpacks, duffel bags, bags (paper, plastic, etc.), hard or soft coolers, or purses larger than 8.5"x11" will be allowed inside the start line or finish line runner-only areas.
    • Camelbacks and/or fuel belts are permitted but will be subject to inspection at the entrances to the start and finish line perimeters.
    • Military runners carrying Rucksacks must contact the P3R office to register the bag's contents prior to race day. All bags are subject to inspection.
  • Runners will NOT be allowed to bring or carry bags into the start line corrals.
  • Only registered runners and walkers with official race/bib numbers will be permitted inside the start line corrals. You must clearly display your race bib to gain entry into the start line corrals through designated entrances.
  • Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, baby joggers, strollers, roller skates and rollerblades are not permitted on the course.
  • Headphones (iPods, mp3 players, CDs, tape walkmans, radios, etc.) are strongly discouraged.
  • Animals are not permitted unless they are a registered service animal. If you plan to participate with a service animal, you will need to have that exception approved by P3R by Monday, September 18.

Zero Tolerance Policy

P3R is committed to fostering a diverse and inclusive environment for all who attend and/or participate in our events. There is a unifying bond among people who love running that transcends social, cultural, political, and economic barriers that typically divide us. P3R takes a stand for inclusion of all individuals regardless of race, religion/religious creed, color, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age, national origin, ancestry or place of birth, disability, marital status, familial status or genetic information. P3R is committed to promoting diversity and inclusion and has a zero-tolerance stance regarding any form of infringement on the inclusive environment that has been created at our events. Acts of discrimination, racism, sexism or harassment toward any participant, spectator or event employee will not be tolerated by our organization and will result in the removal of responsible parties from the premises of the event.

During the registration process, all participants in the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race accept and agree to abide by this policy during the event.

Race Bibs and Timing Devices

At the beginning of race week, you will receive an email with your bib number - you will need to know this number to pick up your 5K, 10K, or One GREAT Challenge bib at packet pickup! Once you receive your bib, be sure to confirm all of the information on your bib is correct before you leave - if it's not, please go to the Registration Tent to have everything corrected.

You must wear your race bibs at all times on race day. Your race bib must be visible to gain entry into the start and finish areas on race day. Additionally, race bibs show that you have permission to be on the course. (AND they’re how photographers will identify you to share photos after the event!)


Timing Device

The Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race uses Chronotrack B-tag timing. It is an all-weather disposable tag that is attached to your bib and transmits a unique signal to enable a computer to record the official time. In order to receive an accurate time, make sure that your bib is:
  • Clearly visible on the front of the torso
  • Unaltered and unmodified (do not fold or wrinkle)
  • Pinned on all four corners
  • Not covered by jackets, runner belts, water bottles, etc.

If it's your first race, you might be wondering what everything on your bib means. Here's what you need to know: