After taking a 2-0 lead early Pittsburgh stumbled in last night’s Stanley Cup Game 3. Can they get back on track and win their second consecutive Stanley Cup? In honor of the Penguins and the Stanley Cup, we will be heading to Pittsburgh for this week’s edition of Runner’s Weekend to check out some of the top races and attractions that Steel City has to offer.
Pittsburgh is a city filled with sports legacy with a combined 15 championships among their 3 major sports teams including a record 6 Super Bowl Championships. So, it is no surprise that their running scene is filled with great races to compete in including the Penguins 6.6k run. The two biggest races in Pittsburgh are the Pittsburgh Great Race and the Pittsburgh Marathon and Half. The Great Race is an annual 10k race that will be celebrating the 40th running of the event this September. The Pittsburgh Marathon takes place every May and takes runners through several neighborhoods in Pittsburgh and crosses over all three rivers. This race also served as the USA Olympic Trials in 1988 and 2000. Runners who complete either the Full or Half Marathon distance on Sunday and the 5k distance on Saturday will earn the Steel Challenge medal. Speedy runners may want to run the Liberty Mile, Pittsburgh’s fastest race.
If you are looking for a fun raceto run in then the best choice for you is the Superhero Run in Allison Park. This race brings out the hero in everybody as all proceeds benefit CASA, an advocacy for abused and neglected youth of Alleghany County. In addition to the great cause, this race welcomes participants to wear their underwear on the outside and rock a cape, some even choose to wear a mask to conceal their true identity. Whether you run as a masked vigilante or caped crusader all will love this fun 5k that takes place every April.
After running your race of choice, make sure to see all the sites of Steel City.
As mentioned earlier, Pittsburgh is a city of sports legacy so why not visit some of the best sports sites the city has to offer. If the timing works out you can catch a game or tour the stadiums of the Steelers (Heinz Field), Penguins (PPG Paints Arena) or Pirates (PNC Park). You can even visit a piece of the old Forbes Field Wall where Bill Mazeroski hit his famed game winning homerun in Game 7 of the 1960 World Series. But stadiums aren’t all Pittsburgh sports has to offer. You can also visit the Immaculate Reception Monument which commemorates the controversial catch in the final seconds of the 1972 AFC divisional playoff game that helped the Steelers defeat the Raiders and go on to win their first Super Bowl. Baseball fans should also check out the Roberto Clemente Museum which features thousands of items representing the life and legend of Roberto Clemente.
Outside of sports, Pittsburgh is full of historic sites such as Fort Pitt, used during the French & Indian War and Revolutionary war, and the Alleghany Arsenal, inside Arsenal Park, which was a Civil War supply and manufacturing center for the Union Army and the site of an explosion which killed 78 civilian workers. Two sites worth visiting about an hour outside the city are Fort Ligonier, used during the French & Indian War, and the Flight 93 National Memorial which is located at the site of the crash of United Airlines Flight 93 during the attacks of 9/11.
Pittsburgh also has many great museums throughout the city like the Heinz History Center, Andy Warhol Museum and the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Check out the lifestyles of the rich with a tour of Hartwood Acres Park and the Tudor Mansion or the downright weird at the Trundle Manor House of Oddities. Art lovers should go to the Mattress Factory, which despite the name does not have beds, to see some room-sized installation art on display or stop by Randyland to see the most painted house you will ever see. Randyland is the home of artist Randy Gilson and he has turned his entire home into an artistic masterpiece. Also make sure to check out the many pieces of art in the yard as well.
TV and movie enthusiasts will love what Pittsburgh has to offer. Check out the Robot Hall of Fame where the most popular robots have been inducted since 2004. Some noteworthy inductees include R2-D2, C3PO, the Terminator T-800, Robby the Robot, HAL 9000, and WALL-E. You should also head over to production home of Mr. Rogers Neighborhood at WQED Station or walk through the Evans City Cemetery where the modern zombie first appeared on film in George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Have a cartoon fan in the family? Make sure to check out the ToonSeum, one of the only museums dedicated to cartoon art.
More of the outdoors type of traveler? Pittsburgh has you covered. Visitors can hike to the top of Mount Washington or take one of the two funiculars, Duquesne Incline and Monongahela Incline, which are two of the oldest continuously operated funiculars in the United States. Mount Washington also has a zip line for the thrillseekers. Adventurers looking to test their fitness should take on Canton Avenue. Canton Avenue is the steepest residential street in the United States with an elevation grade of 37% and runners and bikers from all around head to Canton Avenue and attempt to make the climb as fast as possible.
If Mount Washington isn’t enough of a hike for you then drive 1.5 hours to the southeast of Pittsburgh to Ohiopyle State Park along the Youghiogheny River. Located in the park is Meadow Run Trail, a 2.9 mile trail that ends at Cucumber Falls and includes two natural waterslides. Closeby Meadow Run Trail is the Kaufmann Residence, a home built over Fallingwater on Bear Run. While in the area make sure to make time to take the three hour tour of Laurel Caverns, the deepest cave in Pennsylvania.
Beer drinkers rejoice, we have now come to the drinking scene of Pittsburgh and what better way to rejoice than to have a beer in church. That’s right, Church Brew Works is a brewery in Pittsburgh that was formerly a church. Don’t worry, the church is no longer in operation so go ahead and enjoy your Pipe Organ Pale Ale guilt free. Another brewery in Pittsburgh is just as popular for their clock face on the building as they are for their great beer. The clock face on the side of the Duquesne Brewing Company building was the largest in the world when first installed in 1933 and is nearly twice the size of Big Ben in London. If you want a true German feel then head over to Hofbrauhaus where the building and the brews will make you feel like you’re in Munich. If you want to have a crazy, fun time then the place to go is Casey’s Draft House, well known because of the ManBoy who comes out to pour shots in the mouth of guests who purchase a shot for the bar for just $10 on Monday nights. Even if you aren’t in town on a Monday, Casey’s is always serving up good times and great drinks every day of the week.
Another great way to spend your night is by going to Games N’At. This arcade offers unlimited free play to several arcade games, air hockey, and pool included in the low admission price. The best part of Games N’At is that is a BYOB arcade that even offers fridge space for your drinks. Pittsburgh also has an adult arcade available on the Ohio River, aptly called the Rivers Casino. This casino has over 2900 slots, 100+ table games, 30+ poker tables, and 5 restaurants for you to enjoy.