Dozens of groups will line the course of the Pittsburgh Marathon

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The Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon will start Sunday morning with a moment of silence to commemorate the tragic events in Boston during its marathon on April 15.

And then it's off, with the 27,000-plus runners taking on the Pittsburgh course and being greeted along the way by community celebrations, cheering spectators, live music and increased security.

The 26.2-mile course crosses each of the three rivers and travels through such areas as the North Shore, South Side, Oakland, Shadyside, Homewood and Bloomfield.

Take a five-minute trip along the Pittsburgh Marathon course

Luke Mohamed offers a runner's perspective of the 26.2-mile course for this year's Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. (Video by Steve Mellon; 4/24/2013)

This marks the fifth year since the race's return in 2009 after a six-year hiatus. The number of runners has grown by more than 10,000 since then. The full weekend includes the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Half Marathon, FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay, UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Plan Pittsburgh 5K Run and Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon.

Participants will be able to show support for the Boston Marathon by purchasing a blue wristband inscribed with "Boston Strong," benefiting One Fund Boston (, which raises money to help those families most affected by the tragic events.

Along the way there will be music by a lot of bands you've never heard of, and a few you likely have, such as The Damaged Pies, The Academy School of Rock, Ray Ryan New Orleans Riverside Band, School of Athens and Code Whiskey.

In Bloomfield, the last band on the course, The Inconsiderate Few, will play a small tribute to Boston.

"It's weird, because my brother John suggested we play 'Dirty Water' by the Standells a few months ago, but we never learned it," Ryan McElroy says of the Boston garage-rock anthem. "Then everything happened and we immediately started talking about what we could do to show our support. It's the perfect song to play.

"The neat thing about playing the marathon is the sense of community and support you have with the runners," he adds. "That's truer now than ever before. I can't imagine what the Boston community has had to endure. Making a gesture to them fits right in with the spirit of the event."



• GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 11 a.m.-8 p.m.


• GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo

David L. Lawrence Convention Center, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.

• UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run

North Shore, 8 a.m.

• Eat'n Park Kids Marathon Festival

North Shore, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

• Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon

North Shore, 10 a.m.

• Purina Pro Plan Pittsburgh Pet Walk

Point State Park, noon

• Pasta Dinner

BRAVO! restaurants, Vallozzi's (Downtown) and Del's (Bloomfield), various times.


• Pre-Race VIP presented by Sheetz

Heinz Hall, 5:30-7:30 a.m.

• Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

6:50 a.m.: Wheelchair participants

7 a.m.: Runners and walkers

Liberty Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets, Downtown

• UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon

7 a.m.: Runners and walkers

Liberty Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets, Downtown

• FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay

7 a.m.: Runners and Walkers

Liberty Avenue between Sixth and Seventh streets, Downtown

• Green Light Wireless Finish Line Festival

Point State Park, 7 a.m.-2 p.m.

• Post Race VIP presented by Sheetz

Wyndham Grand Pittsburgh Downtown Hotel, Kings Garden, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.



Liberty Avenue and Grant Street

• Code Whiskey (classic rock)

• For Those About to Rock Academy (young classic rockers)

• ReCover (cover and originals from all eras)

Boulevard of the Allies and Wood Street

• Mr. Munster (former members of The Businessmen, Broken Bone)

Boulevard of the Allies and Grant Street

• The Delaneys (rock)

Liberty and Herron avenues, Strip District

• Adelaide in Autumn (alternative rock)

Fort Duquesne Boulevard and Ninth Street

Marcus Meston & Kenny Sukitch (acoustic and electronic pop)


2300 Liberty Ave.

• River Blackwater Band (Celtic rock)

Liberty Avenue and 14th Street

• Slingshot Genius (rock)

Liberty Avenue and 21st Street

• The Blues Devils (blues rock)

Liberty Avenue and 29th Street

• The Turbosonics (surf rock instrumentals)

2600 Liberty Ave.

The Sidewinder Band (rock)


Western Avenue and Fulton Street, North Side

• Colorblind (rock)

Sandusky and East Lacock streets, North Side

• The Options (high school rock band)

Anderson and Isabella streets, North Side

• Basement Party (melodic instrumentals to heavier garage rock)

550 Chestnut St., North Side

• Chess Club and a Chick (hard rock/blues to indie rock)

North Commons and Federal Street, North Side

• My Captain My Sea (post-rock)

415 East Ohio St., North Side

• Nightly Standard (R&B, neo-soul and jazz)

Western Avenue and Brighton Road, North Side

• The Brighton Boys (rock)

32 Steuben St., West End

• Father Flamethrower (punk)

S. Main and Sanctus streets, West End

• The Damaged Pies (rock)

283 South Main St., West End

• The Irish Pretenders (Irish pub band)

South Main and Alexander streets, West End

• The Split (country rock)


West Carson Street and Station Square Drive West

• Full Moon Revival (classic rock)

East Carson Street and Station Square Drive East

• Tembo Sounds (international DJs)

500 West Carson St.

• Timbeleza (samba)

East Carson and 24th streets

• Gone South (Southern rock)

75 Birmingham Bridge

• Ray Ryan New Orleans Riverside Band (traditional New Orleans music)

East Carson Street and Terminal Way

• Sam Louderback and Them Blue Cats (blues)

1514 East Carson St.

• School of Athens (rock)

East Carson and 13th streets

• The Kalob Griffin Band (rock)

East Carson and 10th streets

• The Unemployed (rock)


Forbes and Oakland avenues, Oakland

• Bad Acid (rock)

Forbes Avenue and McKee Place, Oakland

• Pluto's Fall (rock covers)

Boulevard of the Allies and Mittenberger Street, Uptown

• Round Two (pop-punk)

Forbes Avenue and Jumonville Street, Uptown

• The Semi-SuperVillians (rock)


Fifth and South Aiken avenues

• Aaron the Uke Slinger (singer/songwriter and ukulele player)

Fifth and Shady avenues

• Guy Franklin (rock)

Walnut and Bellefonte streets

• Jupiter Vinyl (alt/indie folk)

Fifth and Amberson avenues

• RichPatrick Celtic Music

Walnut Street and Highland Avenue

• Sweet T's (acoustic country duo)

5608 Walnut St.

• The Grifters (folk, old-time, blues)


Penn and South Linden avenues, Point Breeze

• Ron and the Rumpshakers (blues, R&B, funk)

Frankstown and North Homewood avenues, Homewood

• DJ Spidey (pop)

Penn and North Lang avenues, Homewood

• Kung Fu Radio (rock covers)

North Braddock Avenue and Kelly Street, Homewood

• Modern Nature (eclectic)

Penn Avenue and Carnegie Place, Homewood

• Speakeasy Alley (alt-rock to classic rock)

6935 Frankstown Ave., Homewood

• Steve Macevic (singer-songwriter)

North Braddock Avenue and Thomas Boulevard, Homewood

• The Umbrella Corporation (punk)

Frankstown and Fifth avenues, Homewood

• Working Saturdays (rock/alternative)


North Negley Avenue and Black Street, East Liberty

• Fire and Sex (eclectic rock)

East Liberty Boulevard and North Highland Avenue, East Liberty

• Half Dozen Krackerz (rock covers)

North Highland Avenue and Stanton Avenue, East Liberty

• Ishtar Vintage Bellydance Band (Middle Eastern and Mediterranean folk)

Frankstown Avenue and East Liberty Boulevard, East Liberty

• JWP (rock, blues, funk)

North Negley Avenue and Rural Street, East Liberty

• One South East (classic hard rock)

Bryant and North Saint Clair streets, Highland Park

• Hill Jordan & Slide Worldwide (jazz and world music)

North Negley and Stanton avenues, Highland Park

• Nacho Blues (rock)

Bryant Street and Negley Avenue, Highland Park

• Sounds of Steel (steel drum band)

Bryant and Mellon streets, Highland Park

• Stillhouse Pickers (old time songs, bluegrass, new-grass)


North Negley and Friendship avenues, Friendship

• Lane 5 (rock)

Liberty Avenue and Baum Boulevard, Friendship

• The Brass Staff (community band)

Liberty Avenue and Pearl Street, Bloomfield

• The Great Boges (eclectic)

Liberty Avenue and Ella Street, Bloomfield

• The Inconsiderate Few (power-pop)

More information on the race is available at

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First Published May 2, 2013 4:00 AM


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