Ready for spring? Yeah, us too.
Well you can put away your winter clothes and bust out your shorts, it’s time to get outside, gang. Pittsburgh’s event calendar is packed with races and workouts that will make you forget all about those wintertime blues.
From beer and yoga to spring races, go ahead and get stoked for spring in Pittsburgh. We’re already there!
Farm to Table Conference
If you’re into eating well and buying local, this event was created especially for you. For two days, on March 24th and 25th, there will be presentations and cooking demos (like Salt Bae), vendors and food tastings all centered on local food — and meeting the people behind the movement in Pittsburgh (the hands behind the food) is pretty cool.
Just a Short Run
Just a Short Run is anything but short. Seriously, this is a 30k! If you’re feeling ambitious (and super fit), take on the full race. But if you’re not ready to go that long, there’s also a half marathon, 8.1-mile run, and 5k that wind through North Park.
Beer Belly Yoga
Get to East End Brewing for Beer Belly Yoga. Held in the brewery’s taproom, this 45-minute all-levels flow will be led by I Am Yoga of Squirrel Hill. Quench your post-flow thirst with a complimentary 13oz. glass filled with your beer of choice. Bonus: Your ticket also grants you a FREE yoga class at I Am Yoga.
Color Out Cancer 5K
Hosted by P.A.C.T., a student group at the University of Pittsburgh, this 5K is a race against cancer. Sign-up for a good 'ole fashion 5K run around Schenley Park. If you're feeling adventurous, try the color run option (same distance, more fun). Proceeds benefit the University of Pittsburgh Cancer institute.
This mission-based team building event takes a page out of Special Ops training, requiring individuals to work together as a group to achieve more than any one person could alone. You’ll ruck (book it with weighted backpacks/sandbags/etc.) from the TBD start near PGH. And the “Tough” version features challenges that will take 10-12 hours to complete while covering 15-20 miles.
Beats, Pray, Love
Roll out your mat and move your body to hip-hop beats at Amazing Yoga. Candles will light the studio and music will fill the room for this challenging Vinyasa practice. FYI: Space is limited, so don’t wait to call dibs on your spot.
Banff Film Festival
This April, the Byham Theater will host the Banff Film Fest – two days of awe-inspiring films showcasing some of the most legit climbers, paddlers, skiers, mountain bikers, explorers, and adventure filmmakers alive today. Plus, this your chance to meet Pittsburghers who love the outdoors as much as you do.
Starting on Federal Street, the Pittsburgh Pirates 5k Home Run heads down General Robinson Street before swinging back along where Polanco hits home runs and ends at home plate in PNC Park. Best of all, every racer receives a voucher for a complimentary ticket to a Bucco home game.
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s the Superhero Run! Find the nearest phone booth and swap your running gear for your favorite superhero outfit because this North Park 5K race requires a costume. This fun run races money for children in abusive living environments – those that really need a hero.
PGH Gear Fest
And the award for best new event goes to… The PGH Gear Fest! It’s a pop-up consignment shop for outdoor lovers at the Ace Hotel. Sign up to sell your gear or stop by to check out the vendors and outfitters hanging out. Oh, by the way, four local breweries will be pouring craft beer.
Cones and Oms
There’s a lot happening here, so hang with us. If yoga at the Mattress Factory wasn’t freaking awesome enough, Millie’s Homemade will be on hand scooping the best darn ice cream you’ve ever had. Sweat, snack, and then stick around to explore the Mattress Factory (admission is included!).
Now in its thirteenth year, the Keg Ride pedals around all the hills while towing kegs of fresh beer to a mystery location. Upon arrival, riders are rewarded with a free beer. And you get your very own commemorative glass to go along with the memory of that one time you took part in a bicycle-riding, keg-pulling parade.
Pittsburgh Marathon & Half Marathon
This is the big one. Some 35,000 participants will put their training to the test as they take a 13.1- or 26.2-mile tour through Pittsburgh. Besides the half and full, you’ve got a relay, a 5k, a Kids Marathon, a Pet Walk, and a pre-race health and fitness expo.
Fight for Air Climb
March in Pittsburgh isn’t always the most beautiful time of year. So head indoors to the Centre City Tower for the Pittsburgh Fight for Air Climb. This trek will test your lungs as you work your way up 842 steps. When you’re huffing and puffing, remember that you’re lucky. You’re running to support friends, family, and neighbors with lung disease.
Race for the Cure
Cancer sucks. So run to raise awareness and funds to support breast cancer patients and survivors. The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure 5k runs (and walks!) through Schenley Park this spring. Bring mom, bring grandma, bring your friends, and think pink!
Bike to Work Day
Celebrate Pittsburgh bike-friendliness and try your hand (and feet) at two-wheel commuting on Bike to Work Day. Join our friends at Bike PGH, along with thousands of other cycling-loving Pittsburghers who will be riding to work from various locations — including five Commuter Cafes.
NamastHay Goat Yoga
Maybe you’ve heard. Maybe you haven’t. But “goat yoga” is a real thing, and this wacky workout is gaining a cult following. In this case, Jen's Yoga Zen and Have U Herd Goatscaping are hosting a class outdoors in a field amongst goats in Collier Township.
Open Streets PGH
It’s that time of year again, gang. The roads are closed to cars so we can run, bike, dance, and do yoga in the streets. We’re still waiting to learn more about the route and program for 2017, but here’s what we know: It’s going to be awesome (per usual)! Mark your calendar for May 28, June 25, and July 30.