If you love to run and support a great cause at the same time, then Pittsburgh has the race for you. There are several 5K races and Family Fun Runs located throughout the city from July through September. Some Pittsburgh races even have a walking component, for those who aren’t ready to run. The walking is also perfect for families of different ages and ability levels who want to participate together. Many of the races offer prizes, entertainment and more, making it a fun day for the whole family. Whether you have a favorite charity you want to support or a favorite spot in which you’d like to run, come to Pittsburgh, PA for your next 5K or Family Fun Run.
Brentwood Firecracker 5K
July 4, 2011
Brentwood is a lovely town just outside of Pittsburgh, PA known for its Main Street appeal and community spirit. Every year, they host a 4th of July Parade, which is a regional favorite, but before the parade is the Brentwood Firecracker 5K run. An average of 1,500 runners participate to run the route which begins and ends at the Brentwood Towne Square and down Brownsville Road, following the parade route. This year’s 5K will be held on July 4th at 9am. The details have yet to be announced for 2011, but in 2010 runners paid $15 for preregistration and $20 on race day; family group discounts were also available. Trophies and a cash grand prize are awarded, and fees go to benefit the community’s 4th of July celebration fund, as well as a rotating list of community charities, such as the Brentwood Food Pantry, Brentwood EMS and Disabled Veterans organization. This race is fun for the whole family; if you’re not running, stake out your spot along the parade route to watch the race and relax together afterward by enjoying the parade. More information is available here.
Run For Roch 5K
July 30, 2011
Roch (Rocky) Furguiele grew up in Pittsburgh’s Mt. Washington neighborhood and honed his skills as a runner while attending Pittsburgh’s public schools. This race is run in his honor and proceeds benefit a scholarship fund for Pittsburgh’s youth. The 5K is run entirely atop beautiful Mt. Washington, and is mostly flat with a few slopes in the middle. A flat, one-mile walk is also held on the same day, for those who wish to participate in a less strenuous event. Because both events are offered, the whole family can get involved to support a wonderful cause in the most scenic spot in Pittsburgh, PA.
Kids Triathlon Series
July 16, 2011; South Park Wave Pool; Ages 7-12
August 6, 2011; North Park Pool; Ages 7-15
$30 Registration Fee; Helmet and Bike Required
The Kids Triathlon Series has become the major annual fundraising effort for Habitat for Humanity in the Pittsburgh area. Kids swim, bike and run in a fun race tailored to their age group. This has become a favorite for kids and families in the Pittsburgh area, and it’s all for a great cause. The registration fee only covers the cost of the race, so kids are asked to raise pledges from friends and family to benefit Habitat for Humanity. Participants will also receive a t-shirt and race bag. There are two dates and locations so that everyone who wishes can participate. Not only is this a wonderful fundraiser for a great cause, it’s a really fun day for kids, allowing them to burn some energy in the middle of summer.
Run Around the Square
August 27, 2011
This popular community race includes live entertainment, a beer stop and a beautiful race route through Regent Square and Frick Park. Participants can choose between a 1.5-mile Fun Run and Walk and the 5K Race. This year, the 5K race will be capped at 1,500 participants and only online registrations will be accepted; there will be no cap for the Fun Run. Enjoy a fun day with the family in a beautiful section of Pittsburgh. More information can be found here.
Sue’s Run 4 Kids
September 18, 2011
Come to Riverview Park for this lovely 5K race, 5K fitness walk and 1 mile family walk. Everyone can participate, and food, drinks, music, games and activities can all be found at the finish line. There will also be a prize raffle, including two tickets to a Pittsburgh Steelers game. Race fees range from $5 to $20, depending on the age and event (children 5 and under are free with a paying adult), and if you register by August 28th, you’re guaranteed a t-shirt and race bag. This race benefits KidsVoice, a nonprofit organization which provides a full range of services for abused and neglected children. The event is named in memory of Sue Lipman, a former elementary school teacher and then social worker at Children’s Hospital, who was a strong supporter of KidsVoice and had a passion for underprivileged children and their needs. This race is perfect for families, offering a wide range of participation for every fitness level, as well as lots of fun. More information and a registration link can be found here.