There are a lot of races out there to choose from. If you are an avid runner, a recreational runner, or a "I run for health reasons and hate every step" runner there are no shortage of races worthy of your training time and registration fee. So why would I run the Pittsburgh Marathon again? I get to train here every day and surely I could run another city. Something new and shiny. And it would be awesome , I'm sure.
Training for a marathon is it's own reward in many ways, and training in Pittsburgh is a pleasure (even when it's 10 friggin degrees out). Finding yourself at The Point as the sun rises above the horizon silhouetting the bridges against a golden red backdrop or arriving in downtown so early on a Saturday morning that people are still partying in the streets, sunset over the Ohio River...it is something that must be experienced to be fully understood.
And we have so much varied terrain to train on! You want a flat ground run? The Heritage Trails, the Montour Run Trail, and sections of town along the rivers provide miles and miles of ground. The Montour Trail and Heritage trails both link up to the Great Allegheny Passage which runs all the way to Cumberland, Maryland. Over 140 miles total!
C'mon aht to da Burgh and run with us Yinzers! Get a Primanti's sammich dahn in the strip and head over to the Sauside for beers n'at post race. You'll be glad you came.