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15,000 runners, walkers hit streets for Pittsburgh Great Race

| Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, 12:06 a.m.
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Runners run along the Boulevard of Allies through Uptown as they approach the finish line at Point State Park during The 36th Great Race on in 2013.
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Runners pack the street along Beechwood Boulevard in Squirrel Hill at the start of the Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
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Jim Spisak of Arlington wins the Richard S. Caliguri Great Race with a time of 28.53 on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
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Clara Santucci was the women's winner of the Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
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Jim Spisak of Arlington takes a commanding lead in the Richard S. Caliguiri Great Race on Sunday, Sept. 29, 2013.
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Members of the Duquesne University marching band cheer and play songs for runners passing by from a median along the Boulevard of Allies in Uptown during The Great Race on Sunday. In the front in red are Dan Hilty (left), 21, of Greenfield and Caitlyn Stratman, 19, of Uptown.
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People watch runners pass by from a hillside in Squirrel Hill as The Great Race starts off on Sunday.
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Runners run along the Boulevard of Allies through Uptown as they approach the finish line at Point State Park during The Great Race on Sunday.
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Barry Goldmeier, 37, of Rockville, MD, juggles as he runs along the Boulevard of Allies through Uptown during The Great Race on Sunday. Goldmeier juggled as he ran the whole 10K route through Pittsburgh. 'I've been doing this for a couple years,' said Goldmeier.
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The Pitt Marching Band does a dance as they chant and cheer along the course of The Great Race in Oakland on Sunday.
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Barry Goldmeier, 37, of Rockville, Md., juggles as he runs along the Boulevard of Allies through Uptown during The Great Race on Sunday. Goldmeier juggled as he ran the whole 10K route through Pittsburgh. 'I've been doing this for a couple years,' said Goldmeier.
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Duquesne University student Adalee Smith, 23, of Bethel Park watches from Duquesne's campus in Uptown as runners run below along the Boulevard of Allies during The Great Race on Sunday.
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Runners make their way up Beechwood Boulevard in Squirrel Hill as The Great Race starts off on Sunday.
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Tom Murphy, 34, of Shadyside, runs through Oakland wearing a full Penguins uniform, skates included, during the Great Race on Sunday. 'I like to challenge myself,' he said. 'People notice that I'm wearing the hockey gear and then they do a double take when they see I have the skates on.'
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People line the sidewalk along Forbes Avenue in Squirrel Hill to watch runners pass by as The Great Race starts off on Sunday.
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Runners make their way down Fifth Avenue through Oakland during the Great Race on Sunday.
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A crowd and tents great runners beyond the finish line for the Great Race at Point State Park on Sunday.

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 bzlatos@tribweb.com.

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