On The Road: A (Track and) Field Guide To Pittsburgh

pittsI’m in Pittsburgh to speak/read and since I’m in (as per usual) in full training mode for the St. Jude’s race in Memphis in a few weeks, I scouted out some running options. Luckily, a back-issue (May) of Runner’s World hooked me up.

Pittsburgh Routes:

3.75 mile run: Start at 11th and Smallman Streets and head east on Smallman. Make a right on 21st Street. Turn left on Penn Ave and continue to the fork at 34th street. Turn around and return to the start. You’ll see a statue of a WWI soldier near the turnaround.

4.7 mile run: Head east on the path north of the Allegheny River and east of the 6th Street bridge. Turn right on the footbridge ramp. Follow the trail around the island. Make left turns after the railroad bridge, after the parking lot, and at Waterfront Circle. Turn right to pick up the trail and return to the start.

5.5 mile run: Start at the northeast corner of Carson and Smithfield Streets. Make right turns on the Smithfield St. Bridge, Fort Pitt Blvd., and the Eliza Furnace Trail (the “Jail Trail”). Turn right on the Hot Metal Bridge. Make right turns on Water Street and the dirt path. Make left turns on the South Side Trail and 4th Street Turn right on McKean Street and turn left on 1st St. Take a right on Carson and return to the start.

Local Bonkfighters: People Who Run Pittsburgh


TriZilla, 15 Freeport Rd; Fleet Feet Sports, 1751 N. Highland Road

Elite Runners and Walkers, 5992 Steubenville Pike

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