FAQs | The Great Race

Frequently Asked Questions

Important information for all registered race participants

Read about transportation, late bib pick up and much more.


WHEN IS THE 2019 GREAT RACE?
The Great Race will take place on Sunday, September 29, 2019. The 5K Run & Fitness Walk will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Ave. and Atwood St. in Oakland, and the 10K Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. by the corner of Beechwood Blvd. and S. Dallas Ave. in Frick Park (Squirrel Hill).

WHAT IS THE CAP FOR THE 2019 GREAT RACE?
In 2019, the Great Race 5K and 10K again will be capped separately for a total of 16,500 participants (11,000 in 10K run and 5,500 in 5K run/fitness walk).

HOW DO I REGISTER FOR THE GREAT RACE?
Online registration will open on Tuesday, January 22 at 9 AM. 

DO I HAVE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE RACE I SIGN UP FOR OR CAN I SWITCH DISTANCES IF I DESIRE?
You can switch distances at the Runner Services booth at the Expo. Please pick up your bib before visiting the Runner Services booth to change races. There will be a transfer fee associated with switching races.

No race day switches will be accepted.

CAN I TRANSFER MY BIB TO A FRIEND?
You can transfer your registration at the Runner Services booth at the Expo. Both parties do not need to be present for the transfer. Only the new runner (the person receiving the bib) needs to be. The new runner can pick up your bib and shirt and then go to the Runner Services booth to fill out a bib exchange form. Please note, there will be a transfer fee.

No race day transfers will be accepted.

DOES THE RACE COURSE FEATURE A LOT OF HILLS?
The Great Race course does contain hills, but it is predominately downhill. Miles 1 and 5 contain the most uphill sections, while miles 2, 3, 4, and 6 contain light rolling hills and downhill stretches. Click here to view the course map, with elevation.

CAN I BRING MY CHILDREN IN THEIR STROLLER?
Baby joggers, bicycles, skateboards, scooters, strollers, roller skates and roller blades are NOT permitted on the course.

DOES THE COURSE HAVE A TIME LIMIT?
Due to public safety reasons, we ask that all participants maintain a 12 minute-per-mile pace. If you cannot adhere to the permitted pace per mile, there is a possibility that you will be asked to board a sweep vehicle that will take you to the shuttle drop off area. 

If you do not want to get on the sweep vehicle, you will need to move to the sidewalk, so traffic can resume. If you choose to continue after the course has reopened, we cannot guarantee that there will be medical support, fluid stations, or course marshals at intersections, and the course will no longer be marked. Participants after that time will not be guaranteed a time or medal.

IS SHUTTLE BUS SERVICE AVAILABLE?
Yes. Shuttle service is available to those who wish to park Downtown by the finish line and ride to the 5K and 10K start lines. Shuttles will leave from Stanwix St. between Penn Ave. and Liberty Ave. (in front of Gateway T Station) from 6:15 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. for the 5K start line and from 7:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. for the 10K start line.

The shuttle fare is included in the registration price! Participants do not need to purchase a special pass to board the shuttles. Simply show your bib when you board and you are all set! Shuttles will leave from the same location from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for individuals who parked at the 5K and 10K start lines and wish to return to their vehicles. Please visit the Transportation page for complete shuttle details as well as complete parking information.

WHAT ARE THE ROAD CLOSURES FOR THE GREAT RACE?
Street closings for both the 10K and the 5K are divided into four separate zones. Zones C & D will be closed at 6:30 a.m. Zones A & B will close at 8:30 a.m. Each zone will re-open at different times.