Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Getting to Marathon May Be Almost as Tough as Running It

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Getting to Marathon May Be Almost as Tough as Running It

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For runners in Sunday's Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, pasta might be on the menu. For everyone coming to the city, patience and planning should be in the training regimen.

Visitors will face street closures, transit detours, road construction and likely delays.

Streets will close Downtown and on the North Side from 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday for the marathon's 5K and kids events. On Sunday, the citywide progression of closures for the 26.2-mile gallop begins in earnest at 6:30 a.m. But streets around the starting line at Liberty Avenue and Seventh Street may start to close as early as late Saturday.

Race officials have urged runners to pretend they're catching a flight and arrive two hours before the scheduled 7:30 a.m. start of the race. They cautioned that driving and finding parking in the Golden Triangle will be difficult and have suggested fringe parking and/or public transit. They also recommended that everyone have a backup plan.

A new option this year will be to park on the North Shore and ride the T into Downtown. The North Shore Connector, which opened in March, serves stations near PNC Park and Heinz Field. But there's also a Pirates home game at 1:35 p.m. Sunday to complicate matters.

Merrill Stabile, president of Alco Parking, said the lots will try to accommodate those going to either event. The West General Robinson Street Garage, atop the T's new North Side Station, will open at 4:30 a.m. with a $4 rate for those entering before 8:30 a.m. After that, the $15 game-day rate will apply. Gold Lot 1 will open at 5 a.m. with a $5 rate until 8:30, when the $12 game rate takes effect. The North Shore Garage will open at 5 a.m. with the $15 event rate in place all day.

T service from the North Shore to Downtown begins about 6 a.m. Sunday. Regular Sunday service will run until later in the day, when two-car trains and some extra trips will be added, Port Authority spokeswoman Heather Pharo said.

More than 50 bus routes will be detoured on Saturday and Sunday, with some shortened to drop riders off at T stations for access to Downtown. Details will be posted at www. …

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