10 places to cheer on the Pittsburgh Marathon runners

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While the remaining days to train for the Pittsburgh Marathon are shrinking, there’s plenty of time left to decide where to go as a spectator.

The 10th annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Three Rivers Marathon starts at 7:05 a.m. on Sunday, May 6 and winds throughout the city. It includes 14 neighborhood festivals, most with live music. See the exact path of the runners with these maps of the half marathon and the full marathon. Before you go, check out this guide to getting around town.

To narrow down the options, here are 10 ways to watch and cheer, no matter your race day priorities.

If you want to … Pancakes on the North Side during last year’s marathon. Photo by Jason Cohn / courtesy of P3R Easily get to multiple points on the race route

Hang out on the North Side, advised Kristin Long, merchandise and community relations coordinator for the marathon. Allegheny Center Alliance Church and Urban Impact will host a high-energy neighborhood party at East Ohio Street and East Commons, which includes first-come-first-serve breakfast for spectators, she said.

Plus, it’s a short walk to see runners jog past PNC Park and Heinz Field or to the Strip District and Downtown to see runners tackle their last few miles.

Signs in the South Side during the 2017 marathon Jasmine Goldband / The Incline Turn the marathon into a marathon-length party

If marathon day = an all-day party, then head to South Side, where the crowds will be out cheering and the bands will be playing, Long said. And it doesn’t end when the race does.

The South Side is also full of funny signs, which are a good distraction, added Liz Kennon, who leads the Pittsburgh Sports League running group. This will be her seventh year running the marathon.

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