15,000 runners, walkers hit streets for Pittsburgh Great Race
Gail Klingensmith, owner of four Pamela's restaurants in the city, doesn't worry about the army of runners and walkers, and street closings that are part of Sunday's 36th Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race.
“We don't mind that at all, because it's part of Squirrel Hill,” said Klingensmith, 59, of Hampton. “It's a tradition. The only thing that's a little bit of a problem is finding a way to work, including me. The buses are all different.”
A record 15,500 runners and walkers are expected to take part in the race.
The event, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield, consists of a 5-kilometer run and walk starting at 8 a.m. and a 10-kilometer run beginning at Beechwood Boulevard in Frick Park. The 10K-run will follow a mostly downhill course along Fifth Avenue and the Boulevard of the Allies to Point State Park, Downtown. The 5K run and walk will start at Fifth Avenue and Atwood Street in Oakland and follow the same route as the 10K race to the finish line.
Klingensmith has restaurants in Squirrel Hill, Shadyside, Oakland and the Strip District in the city and two more in Mt. Lebanon and Millvale. The ones in Oakland and Squirrel Hill are most affected by the race. The Squirrel Hill location is in a section of Murray Avenue that will be closed to traffic on Sunday morning; the Oakland location is a block from Fifth Avenue, another street that will be closed.
“Before and after the race, we're very busy, but during the race, it enables everyone that's in there eating or working to go out and get a feel for the race, to be part of it,” Klingensmith said.
Bill Zlatos is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7828 or firstname.lastname@example.org.