September is here and with it comes cooler running weather, pumpkins, and plenty of opportunities to stay fit and active as the beginning of fall rolls into the Burgh. From Yoga at PNC Park to a Donut Dash and an Underwear Bike Ride there’s an event for everyone in the Steel City this month.
Yoga at PNC Park
Morning OMs, PNC Park, and a Pirates game after. Could this be the best day ever? We vote yes! Because every yoga-loving Pirates fan is invited to bring their downward dog to the outfield. Yoga Day at the ballpark is back by popular demand for a second session on September 3rd.
Start your Labor Day off on the right foot (pun definitely intended) with a 5K run or walk at Heinz Field. Wanna get competitive? The winning male and female in the 5K race each win a trip to the Steelers-Browns game in Cleveland. Proceeds benefit the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to local students in need.
One Love Flow at Amazing Yoga
Head to Amazing Yoga’s Shadyside studio to flow, breathe, sweat, laugh, and sing along to some of the biggest hits of the last 30 years—from Bob Dylan to Beyoncé. You’ll be serenaded by Kevin Paris, a yoga musician who tours the world playing at the coolest of festivals and retreats (like Wanderlust!).
Big Free Yoga by the Boulders (@ASCEND)
It’s exactly what it sounds like: a big, FREE yoga class in ASCEND’s bouldering area. Since you’re saving some coin on the class, consider bringing a donation for one of ASCEND’s worthy charity partners. Bonus: Stay and climb for only ten bucks! Plus, rental shoes and chalk are free for first-time visitors.
Tough Mudder PGH
Prepare to feel the burn on the Tough Mudder course at Cooper’s Lake Campground in Slippery Rock. You’ll hit over 20 obstacles in ten miles, all while making some very muddy memories and some new fit friends. It’s no joke. But it’s so worth it.
NMR Bike Tour and Block Party
Join the folks of Nine Mile Run for a leisurely nine-mile guided bike tour through the watershed communities of Wilkinsburg, Regent Square, Swissvale, Homewood, Edgewood, and lower Frick Park. You’ll learn all sorts of cool stuff about our very cool city during the ride as the guides discuss green rainwater initiatives, community projects, and watershed features.
Yoga in the Square
The summer weather may be slowly creeping to a halt, but Yoga in the Square is going strong for one more month! Head to Market Square for an hour-long community yoga sesh at 10 AM on Sunday, September 10, 17, and 24 . And did we mention it’s free?
Bay 4 Fitness Series by Arsenal Strength
Join Arsenal Strength for interval training, cycling, views, brews, and more at the official launch of their Bay 4 Fitness Series on September 10th! This one-of-a-kind event at the industrial Bay 4 site in Lawrenceville is a sweat sesh worth clearing your calendar for.
Donuts—enough said. Head to the South Shore Riverfront Trail for a 5k run, walk, or “fun walk” with the PERSAD Center on September 10th. Kick off your Sunday morning with free coffee and donuts, then sweat it all off with a run through the Burgh. Donuts + a charity run = a Sunday well spent.
Fleet Feet Beer Run
Fleet Feet is bringing another run and another cold one back to the city streets again this month. Hit the pavement to sweat it all out then treat yo’ self for those miles with a beer after your run.
BikePGH Birthday Party
Who doesn’t love a birthday party? Especially a birthday party with cake, beer, and biking. (Of course the biking comes before the beer, guys!) Join BikePGH on September 16th as they celebrate their 15th birthday with a party at the Millvale Riverfront Park.
Great Race of Pittsburgh
It’s the 40th running of the Great Race! If you aren’t quite up for 10K distance, try the 5K run or 5K fitness walk. Either way, you’ll take on the streets of the Burgh by foot and end with a celebration at Point State Park.
Veggin’ Out at the Ballpark
Maybe you’re a vegan baseball fan or maybe you just wanna eat a little better at the ballpark. Either way, grab a ticket to veg out with the Pirates and enjoy meatless noms like buffalo cauliflower, sweet potato tacos, meatless burgers, and a chopped kale salad. Move over, peanuts and Cracker Jacks.
Yoga fest on the Mon
Yoga + wine + live music + the riverfront… yep, we’re in. Chill on the Mon on Sunday, September 24th with the Monongahela Aquatorium to enjoy a little taste of all your favorite things. Short yoga classes will be lead by local yoga instructors throughout the afternoon, so BYO mat!
PGH Underwear Bike Ride
Strip it down and join in on the September installment of the Pittsburgh Underwear Bike Ride promoting positive body image and showing off those badass bloomers. September’s ride starts in Lawrenceville and ends at Penn Brewery.
Over the Edge Pittsburgh
Here’s your chance to see the city like never before. Instead of looking up at the skyline, look out across the city from high atop the Koppers Building downtown. Of course, there’s only way down. You'll have to rappel down 21 stories to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
GoRuck Tough and Light
GoRuck was founded by accomplished military vet, Jason McCarthy, who aims to build a bridge between military and civilian worlds. One way he does it: The GoRuck Challenge. Choose from two distances and intensities on the same weekend—the Light or the Tough. Either way, load up a backpack with weights, water, and an American flag, and prepare to be challenged.
If you’ve ever wanted an up-close look at Pittsburgh International Airport, here’s your chance! Take the runway by foot with a 5K run or two-mile run/walk. You’ll run by aircraft and hangars (don’t worry — you won’t be blown over by planes taking off) and finish with plenty of food and entertainment.
If you can lift, you can lift. Arsenal Strength in Lawrenceville recognizes that and is supporting the LGBTQ+ with OUTWOD, a community CrossFit workout for all experience levels. Your registration fee is a donation towards the local LGBTQ+ group and it’s sure to be an amazing (and sweaty) time.
Ride bikes, end cancer. We wish it were that simple. But the 321 Ride is a start! All levels are welcome with three distance options: a seven-mile family trail ride, a 25-mile trail/road ride, or a 62-mile Great Allegheny Passage ride. All rides will start and end at the Heinz Field Quay along the North Shore Riverfront Trail.
Hell on Hills 5K
Do you have what it takes to tackle the world’s steepest 5k? There’s only one way to find out! The (insane) 37 percent initial grade is just the beginning as the course continues on to climb four of the biggest hills Pittsburgh has to offer. It is quite literally Hell on Hills.
The 2017 Run Shadyside 5k run and one-mile family fun walk is your chance to explore the streets of Shadyside on foot and support a good cause while you’re at it. Oh, and chow down on pancakes. Start at the intersection of Ivy and Walnut St. and finish it off at the Boys and Girls Club of Shadyside for breakfast.
Fall Gear Fest
A follow-up to their spring event at the Ace Hotel, Gear Fest is back — this time in Schenley Plaza. The pop-up resale market for awesome outdoorsy equipment and apparel is sponsored by Three Rivers Outdoor Co.
West Penn Trail Triathlon
Head to Saltsburg for a seven-mile paddle, 14-mile bike ride, and 5k run. The paddle leg can be done in any non-motorized watercraft from Conemaugh Dam to Saltsburg, and the race can be done solo or as a 2 or 3 person team. So grab some friends and compete with them or against them!
Pies, Pints & Poses at Mindful Brewing
Okay we’ve all heard of Yoga + Beer events, but Mindful Brewing is really taking this class to the next level with yoga, beer, AND PIZZA. Flow through a 90-minute all-levels class, then stick around for a slice of pie and a draft. You’ve earned it. Nothing says OM like waiting to dive into some specialty pizza and a cold brew.
Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk
Celebrate your city, cheer on your team, and break a sweat for a cause at this fifth annual Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk starting at PPG Paints Arena. Reminder: we’re back-to-back champs.