Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced the fourth annual Pittsburgh Pirates 5K Home Run, presented by Highmark and Allegheny Health Network, event scheduled for Saturday, April 19, 2014. The morning event will take place on Pittsburgh's North Shore, starting on Federal Street and runners will finish by crossing home plate inside PNC Park. Fans are encouraged to begin to register now at pirates.com/5KHomeRun.
The race is open to fans of all ages and abilities with staggered start times beginning at 8 a.m. Timing chips will be assigned at pre-event packet pick-up and on race morning. Competitive runners can choose to run in the 5K individually or take part in the team challenge, where teams of four runners can compete against other teams based on average overall time. Top male and female individual runners in each age group (under 15, 16-19 and 10 year age groups from 20 to 70-plus), as well as top male, female and co-ed teams, will be recognized on the field at PNC Park prior to that night's game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Winners will also be awarded commemorative medals.
Fans who do not wish to run may still participate by walking the 5K route. Families may also take part by joining the Chick-fil-A One Mile Family Fun Run. The One Mile Fun Run course also includes the route inside PNC Park and is open to families of any size.
Registration for runners is $28 per person or $112 per team before April 4, or $33 per person and $132 after April 4. Registration for the Chick-Fil-A One Mile Family Fun Run is $10 per person.
All participants are invited to the post-race party that will be held on Federal Street immediately following the event and will feature complimentary food and beverages. In addition, all participants will receive a commemorative tech t-shirt and a ticket voucher good for a complimentary ticket to any one Pirates game at PNC Park between April 13 and April 17, 2013.
Participants will also be offered complimentary parking, courtesy of ALCO Parking.
In 2013, over 3,500 participants took part in the third annual 5K Home Run and raised nearly $98,000 to help support Pirates Charities' many local community and charitable initiatives.
The other 2014 Pirates Charities 5K Home Run sponsors to date include ALCO Parking, RR Donnelley, ROOT Sports, Trib Total Media, KDKA, Star 100.7, 93.7 The Fan, Y108, UTZ, Greenbriar Treatment Center, Sunoco and pirates.com.
To register or obtain complete race details, fans can log onto pirates.com/5Khomerun, or contact Jackie Hunter at 412-325-4776.