Watch out for those hills! (General Comments)|
A Runner from Bethlehem, PA, USA (5/16/00)
My husband and I ran Pittsburgh the past two years (with temperatures much hotter than usual for the time of year
both years). The people, both organizers and crowds, are fantastic, with special recognition going to the medical volunteers, who watch every person passing by very carefully for signs of any problems and are quick with any needed aid. The course winds through many of the neighborhoods and isn't too proud to include the working class part of town (something the spectators seem to appreciate, as every neighborhood has folks out cheering).
We chose this marathon partly by reading the description in 'The Ultimate Guide to Marathons' where the elevation chart shows essentially one monster hill and a matching downhill miles later (they also wrote that it was a good place to improve your time). Indeed, there is a monster hill at 10 to 11 miles, but what doesn't show on the chart are the nearly constant rolling small hills after that until mile 21 (a real shock for us the first time). If you train wisely, it's not a problem, but beware of those hills!!