For some runners, 26.2 miles is too long, but a 5K is not challenging enough. This fall, these runners will have another option in Pittsburgh --a 10-miler.
A new 10-mile race will be run Nov. 3, a Pittsburgh marathon executive announced Wednesday.
"For people who love to run a marathon but can't quite get it done, this will be a nice sweet spot," said Charlene Petrelli, president of the EQT Foundation.
The EQT Pittsburgh 10-Miler will begin at Station Square, continue through the West End, North Side, Strip District, Lawrenceville and turn down Liberty Avenue, ending in EQT Plaza, said Patrice Matamoros, executive director of Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon Inc.
"I am looking forward to the distance," she said. "It is just a classic distance and it is a bookend to the marathon. We have a nice spring event and now we have a fall event."
Philadelphia has had a 10-mile race for at least 20 years, Matamoros said, but the Pittsburgh race is not modeled on that race. "It is our own race and Pittsburgh only."
Race officials are hoping to have 3,000 runners participate in the first year.
Steel City Road Runners, part of the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, will provide additional training opportunities for runners interested in the 10-mile race, said Katie Pavlick, event program director for the marathon.
The training will begin July 15 and end before race day in November. For the runners participating in the spring marathon and half-marathon, the 10-mile race will be incorporated into the training for the longer races, Pavlick said.
"Steel City Road Runners is really excited and can't wait to get our members training for the new distance," she said.
The organization, Pittsburgh's largest running club with more than 800 members, already has seen a positive response to the new race.
"Everyone is really excited and a lot of members have been posting on social media accounts and a lot have already registered actually," Pavlick said.
Race officials are hoping the 10-mile race also will attract runners from outside Pittsburgh, Matamoros said, as well as those who run in the marathon.
Race registration starts at $40. For more information or to register, go to Pittsburgh10miler.org.neigh_city - breaking - sportsother
Claire Aronson: firstname.lastname@example.org, 412-263-1964 or on Twitter @Claire_Aronson. First Published June 26, 2013 11:45 AM