I absolutely loved this race and have no idea why I never ran it sooner! The course was fast (for Pittsburgh that's unheard of) and every mile was full of Pittsburghness to keep you smiling.
The race was on a Saturday this year which isn't typical. Because of this the expo was Friday night. I had to work until 4:00 and I was afraid I'd be cutting it close to get there before it closed so I had my friend Nikki pick up my packet.
My favorite part of the race swag was the gloves. I wound up wearing them for the entire race. You were also given a half zip as a race shirt which was a pretty nice touch.
Race morning we were told to park in Station Square where the start was located. Post race there shuttles that took us back since this was a point to point race. At the start they had plenty of bathrooms and gear check was very efficient.
I'd been told the course was basically the half run backward and I'd say that's pretty accurate. What's nice about that is there were a lot of downhills early and the last few miles of the race through the Strip District were basically flat.
Each mile had it's own unique Pittsburgh theme such as Mr. Rogers, cookie tables, pickles, city of bridges, parking chairs and my personal favorite Pittsburghese which had the Pittsburgh dad yelling at us on a megaphone.
Aid stations were ample on course and stocked with Nuun!
The finisher medal features the race's logo and a very prominent "10" indicating the distance.
At the finish there was plenty of food including my personal favorite, Eat'n Park cookies. I wasn't feeling well so I didn't hang around long unfortunately.
Overall this race was fantastic. I would absolutely run it again and I plan on making it a tradition.