Pittsburgh Public Safety Prepares for the Return of the Pittsburgh Marathon With Parking and Road Closure Reminders

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 25, 2022) – Sunday, May 1st is the return of the Pittsburgh Marathon after COVID-19 concerns canceled the annual race in 2020 and 2021. 


More than 30,000 people will participate in one or more of the weekend races and tens of thousands of others will watch from the sidelines. This is a major event and, as such, residents and visitors to Pittsburgh should be aware of preparations, including road closures and parking restrictions. 


Downtown road closures will begin Friday at noon on the Boulevard of the Allies between Wood Street and Stanwix Street. This closure will remain in effect through Sunday’s final races.   

Additional road closures will occur Saturday on the North Shore and Downtown for the 5K and Kids Marathon. The new 5K course will allow North Shore parking lots to remain open and accessible.   


Sunday will bring the largest number of road closures, affecting multiple neighborhoods, as the course wends 26.2 miles through the North Side, West End, South Side, East End and Downtown. Closures along the course route begin as early as 1:30 a.m. Sunday morning, May 1.   


Cars that are not moved along the route will be towed. Marathon officials have spent months notifying residents who will be affected, and signs have been posted to signify the impending closures. Towing will commence at 11:00 pm on Saturday, April 30, 2022.   


For a full list of closures and some alternate routes to travel through the City of Pittsburgh, please visit  



Public Safety bureaus (EMS, Fire, Police and Emergency Management) and City officials will line the course with Marathon officials to make sure all goes smoothly. Public Safety Director Lee Schmidt reminds people that if you see anything suspicious, to call 911.   

“We welcome back all runners and spectators of the Pittsburgh Marathon,” Schmidt said. “Residents along the route should not wait until the last minute to move their vehicles. In the event their vehicle is towed, we will assist them by directing them to its location."  






Maurice Matthews
Assistant Public Information Officer
Public Safety