Sunday is the big day.
Notices are already posted on part of Boulevard of the Allies that no parking will be allowed starting at 6 a.m Friday. Those restrictions will continue until after the race.
“If you are heading out Saturday night, Downtown, to the South Side, to Oakland, and you see a sign that says “No Parking 11 p.m.”, and think ‘I’m only going to be here for a little bit longer, enjoy my night,” that’s not true. You might not have your car there when you get back,” Brian Schmidt, operations director, Pittsburgh Marathon, told Pittsburgh’s Action News 4.
The first full road closings started at noon Friday on a few blocks of the Boulevard of the Allies downtown, between Wood Street and Stanwix Street.
“First off, we don’t want to tow anyone’s car that we don’t have to. But for safety for all, we need to make sure the route is clear for the runners for, again, like I said, the safety. So no parking begins Friday with our closure (on part of Boulevard of the Allies),” Schmidt said.
On Saturday was the next phase of road closings. Those are happening on the North Shore as well as Downtown, to accommodate the 5K and kids marathon races.
The new 5K course will allow North Shore parking lots to remain open and accessible.
Sunday’s the big day.
Road closings will affect lots of neighborhood streets, as the 26.2 mile marathon makes its way across the North Side, the West End, the South Side, the East End, and back Downtown.
Closures along the course route begin as early as 1:30 a.m. Sunday.
“Overall, the route is the same that we used back in 2019 and 2018. The only difference we have this year is a slight detour off our original route out in the Homewood section of the city, due to the Fern Hollow Bridge collapse,” Schmidt said.