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Pittsburgh City Spree

Pittsburgh, PA, US
May 20, 2016

Type: Orienteering - Local

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Event Description
The City Spree is a city-wide race...without a course. Runners and walkers create their own path through the city to discover its secret places and hidden gems. Individuals and groups are welcome, as racers compete on speed, distance, and cleverness--as long as they make it back in time.
Run solo or with friends, for as far as you want - 5K, 10K or further!
How it works:
Unlike a normal road run, racers in The City Spree start in the middle of the race course, surrounded by checkpoints on all sides. Racers choose their own path from checkpoint to checkpoint, winding their way through the city's neighborhoods and discovering the hidden connections between them.
Every checkpoint adds to their score as racers compete to make the most unique route through the city...but everyone must make it back before time runs out!
Details:
May 21, 7am-12pm
Schenley Plaza, Oakland
Tickets $25-35 (Early bird ends April 30)
5K/10K Run/Walk
Family-friendly
WHEN: Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 7:00 AM to 12:00 PM
WHERE: Schenley Plaza - 4100 Forbes Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15260

The City Spree is a city-wide race... without a course. Runners and walkers create their own path through the city to discover its secret places and hidden gems. Individuals and groups are welcome, as racers compete on speed, distance, and cleverness--as long as they make it back in time.

Unlike a normal road run, racers in The City Spree start in the middle of the race course, and are surrounded by checkpoints on all sides. Racers choose their own path from checkpoint to checkpoint, winding their way through the city's neighborhoods and discovering the hidden connections between them.
Every checkpoint adds to the runner's score as racers compete to make the most unique route through the city...but everyone must make it back before time runs out.

If there's no course, how do I know how far to run?

Checkpoints are roughly evenly distributed across the city. At each checkpoint, you'll text in a code on the checkpoint sign to score your points.As long as you run to at least 6 locations, you'll have run 5 kilometers. And if you make it to 13 locations, you'll have run 10 kilometers. Way to go!

Where does the City Spree begin? When do we start?

Thanks to the Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy, the City Spree begins (and ends) at Schenley Plaza in Oakland. Registration starts at 8 am, with the 10K Run beginning at 9:00am, the 5K Walk at 9:30am, and the 5K Run beginning at 10:00am. All races will end back at the starting line at 11:00am, and the post-race party continues until 12:00pm.

Can I see a map of all the checkpoints?

Not yet! Everybody will get their maps on the day of the race. Checkpoints spread from the Downtown to Squirrel Hill and everywhere in between.

How do you pick the checkpoints?

Folks like you tell us about them. The idea behind the City Spree is to give people an excuse to run to some of the coolest spots in the city. Do you know a place where racers should go? Email us at info@cityofplay.org and tell us about it - the best spots will become checkpoints in the race!

Is the City Spree a timed race? Does it matter how fast I run?

Sort of. When you run the City Spree, you're competing to score the most points in the shortest time. You get points by visiting different locations along your run. When you get back to the starting point, your points are totaled to give you your score. As long as you make it back before your time runs out, your score counts.

So there is timing?

Yes. We'll record the time between when you start the race and when you text the final finish code in at the end. Time wil be uset to break ties (shorter time wins). People running the 5k get an hour to finish, and people running the 10k get two hours. Walkers get an hour and a half.

What if I've never run before?

It's cool. You can run to as many checkpoints as you can handle. As long as you reach the minimum number of checkpoints, you'll have run a 5K or 10K; if you want to run further, or try to hit as many checkpoints as possible, you can keep going until your time runs out.

How many points is each location worth?

Different locations will give you different amounts of points, based on how far they are from the start of the race, and how difficult they are to get to. The more people that run to a particular location, the fewer points it will be worth. Where to run is up to you.

How will I know when I get to the right location?

Each location is marked by a colorful sign, and several are manned by volunteers. At each location, you'll text a secret code back to race HQ to register your location and update your score. Volunteers will have water and other emergency gear, in case you get into trouble.

What happens when I come back?

Party! After you cross the finish line, you'll text a final code to record your time and count up your points. Once that's done, you're free to hang out, cheer on other runners as they finish, show other people where you ran, and enjoy food, libations, music and games. Once time runs out, we'll announce winners for each race.

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