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PITTSBURGH, PA – (May 8, 2023) – The weekend of May 5-7 was a busy one throughout the City of Pittsburgh with the Pittsburgh Marathon and kid’s events, three Pittsburgh Pirates games, Cinco de Mayo celebrations, as well as various concerts, shows and markets, with much of the action concentrated in the Downtown, North Shore and South Side neighborhoods.
The Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Pittsburgh Bureau of EMS, and Pittsburgh Bureau of Fire worked hand in hand with multiple local law enforcement and EMS agencies to keep the more than 35,000 marathon participants, as well as volunteers and spectators, safe during Saturday and Sunday’s races.
Thanks to their precision planning and communication, there were no major safety or security incidents to report from the marathon, or from the multiple events taking place at the same time.
“I’m extremely proud of the coordinated effort by all of our Public Safety personnel to ensure that the marathon went off without a hitch, while making certain that emergency services to the entirety of the city were uninterrupted,” said Public Safety Director, Lee Schmidt.
Pittsburgh EMS transported 25 patients from the marathon, mainly for hyperthermia and orthopedic injuries. Medics also successfully resuscitated a male runner who experienced cardiac arrest on the street. The patient was alert and talking to EMS crews on the way to the hospital.
“I want to thank everyone in our Public Safety Bureaus for their work to keep everyone safe this weekend,” said Mayor Ed Gainey.
“We hosted tens of thousands of people in Pittsburgh to compete and cheer at all of the races this weekend. It was inspiring to see the strength, resilience, and determination of everyone involved in making this weekend possible.”