Yep. Tweet @cityofplay with the hashtag #cityspree (the same hashtag we’ll be using for live-tweeting during the race). You can also join the event on Facebook. You still have to register, though – just click the green button above!
If there’s no course, how do you know if I actually run a 5k?
Checkpoints are roughly evenly distributed across the city. 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?
The City Spree begins (and ends) at Bakery Square on the morning of May 19th. Registration starts at 7 am, The race will begin around 8 am, with final tallies around 11 am and the post-race party continuing until noon.
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 Squirrel Hill to Highland Park 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 firstname.lastname@example.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. If two people score the same amount of points, the person who did it fastest is the winner. By the end of the race, your race bib will be a customized map of the places you ran to and the points you got, perfect for putting up on the fridge.
So there is timing?
Yes. We’ll be using racing chips and electronic timing. 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. Walkers and beginner-level runners will be the first groups to start, followed by intermediate and advanced runners.
What if I’m great at running?
What if I want to help, but don’t want to run?
Then you are awesome. Because the City Spree needs a bunch of volunteers to make the race happen! All volunteers receive a free race registration for a friend or family member. Please email email@example.com if you’d like to volunteer, and thanks!
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 manned by a volunteer with a brightly colored shirt and a big flag. They’ll give you a sticker to add to your race bib, which will help keep track of your score. They’ll also have water, cell phones, and other emergency gear, in case you get into trouble.
What happens when I come back?
Party! After you cross the finish line, we’ll record your time, count up your points, and scan your map for some sweet data visualizations later on. 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 snacks and libations from our sponsors. Once time runs out, we’ll announce winners for each race.
Where do I park?
Parking in the surface lots will not be available, but that’s OK. There’s free parking available in the Bakery Square garage!
ABOUT BAKERY SQUARE:
Bakery Square is a new mixed-use development located in the East End neighborhood of Pittsburgh, built out of the existing site of the historic Nabisco Factory. Offering an exciting lifestyle center environment while hosting numerous free events to connect with its neighbors and guests, Bakery Square is home to Google, UPMC, Anthropologie, Free People, LA Fitness, Panera Bread, Coffee Tree Roasters, Learning Express Toys, Jimmy Johns, Springhill Suites Marriott Hotel, Massage Heights, Verizon Fios, Nuance Communications, University of Pittsburgh, Veteran Administration, the newly opened TechShop, and coming soon Social bar and restaurant.