General Questions

Registration Questions

Packet Pick-Up Questions

Course Questions

Who is on the Steering Committee?







What time does the 5K Run/Walk start?
The Take A Step For Your Heroes Run/Walk begins at 8:00am. 



I've never run a 5K. Do you offer training? 
Please visit the website under Training. There you will find many training options.


Will there be a bag check at the Take A Step For Your Heroes Run/Walk?
There will not be a bag check or lockers at the Graffiti Run. You will need to store your change of clothes/towel/other belongings in your car or with a spectator who is not participating in the race. 


What happens if it rains?
The Take A Step For Your Heroes Run/Walk will take place rain or shine, barring any extreme weather conditions that would put the safety of our participants at risk. In the event of severe weather, modifications to the route may be made to ensure everyone’s safety. 


If I am unable to make it to the Take A Step For Your Heroes Run/Walk can I get a refund?
Unfortunately, we cannot issue refunds for the Take A Step For Your Heroes Run/Walk. The logistics of setting up and planning the event make it impossible. Please just make sure you are good to go before signing up!  



My plans have changed and I will not be able to run/walk in the 5K. Can I get a refund?
We do not offer refunds.


Can I register on race day?
Yes, you can register the day of the race, pending we have room.

I did not get an email confirmation when I registered. How can I find out if I am registered?
Click here to verify your registration.


Are TEAMS allowed?
Yes, you can register and enter a team for the 5K portion only.  Click here for more Team Rules and Registration Information.




How do I pick up my race packet?
To verify race information and avoid race day problems, runners are highly encouraged to make every effort to pick up their own race packets at the Galleria at Pittsburgh Mills Mall - outside of Dick's Sporting Goods near the Steeler Store.  A photo ID is required to pick up your race packet.



Where is packet pick up located? 
Packet pick up is located at the Galleria at the Pittsburgh Mills Mall - outside of Dick's Sporting Goods near the Steeler Store.. 

Can my friend pick up my race packet for me? 
Yes, runners who are not able to pick up their packets in person must make arrangements for a representative to pick up their packets. Your representative must present a copy of your photo ID and a signed Authorization Form from you in order to claim your race packet. One person is limited to picking up a total of two race packets including their own. 


Do you offer race day packet pick-up?
Yes.   However, you are encouraged to pick up your packet early.





Is your course hilly?
Our course is fairly level. Elevation Info: Min: 994 ft, Max: 1220 ft, Ascent: 387 ft, Descent: -374 ft


What is the course like?
The course is closed to automobile traffic.


Will there be medical personnel?
There will be emergency medical crews on site during the event. In case of emergency, volunteers along the route can assist you, and will be able to communicate with emergency personnel.


Can you tell me about your water stations?
Water Stations will be located at mile 1 and 2 along the route. A Medical Aid stations will also be available at the start and finish lines.


May I use a baby jogger, MP3 player or iPod, roller blades, scooter, headphones or ear buds?
Baby joggers, roller blades and scooters are prohibited. MP3 players, iPod, headphones or ear buds are strongly discouraged.






Who is on the race steering committee?


Michele Lishack
Graphic Designer

Dave DiDesiderio
EMS Charts

Jack Glass
Pittsburgh Emergency Medical Services & EMS National Memorial

Kate Hodgdon
Allegheny County EMS, Public I&E Chairperson

Greg Howard

EMS Charts


Richard Lippert GetYouThinking, LLC

Patrice Matamoros
Race Director of the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon

Robert McLafferty GetYouThinking, LLC

Tracy Petras
Forbes Regional Hospital

Brian Shaw
Emergency Medical Service Institute


Rachael Zolinas

Mr. John of Pittsburgh





When: Saturday June 13, 2015
Where: The Pittsburgh Mills Mall

Early Registration Fee

Before May 25, 2014

$25 per Runner / Walker

includes registration fees


Late Registration Fee

After May 25, 2014

$30 per Runner / Walker

includes registration fees


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