Now in its 11th year, Pittsburgh StepTrek will be held on Sat ., Oct. 8 at 11 a.m. beginning at South Side Park, Josephine and 21st streets.
Two mapped routes will take "trekkers" on a self-guided tour of the South Side Slopes, including more than 2,700 steps.
"The South Side Slopes has the greatest concentration of public stairs of any neighborhood in the city and step maintenance is crucial," said Brian Oswald, Event Chair. "For the past ten years, StepTrek participants and sponsors have assisted the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association, with its mission of maintaining and improving this unique neighborhood."
This year, a new section of the Black Route takes trekkers into a little known section of the South Side Slopes known as The Hollow. From there Trekkers will walk up through Monongahela Park on their way to the top of the Slopes and a breathtaking descent back down along South Side Park.
The Gold Route will explore the many connections between the South Side Slopes and the South Side Flats in a jigsaw fashion and will feature a Trek through Fat Alley and Skinny alley on the Flats.
StepTrek is what the participant makes it—whether as a test of fitness or a leisurely stroll. The physical benefits have earned this event the heart-healthy rating of the American Heart Association, as well as presenting sponsorship support from UPMC Health Plan.
In addition to history and beautiful views, the two walking routes also include a number of realtor open houses showcasing life on the Slopes. Before or after their trek, participants can also enjoy an active marketplace in the registration area at South Side Park, including indie crafters from the I Made It Market, musical entertainment and refreshments.
Pittsburgh StepTrek also benefits The Brashear Association's Food Pantry. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable canned good to help stock the Brashear Association Food Pantry.
More than 700 tickets have already been sold to this year's event, making 2011 the most successful event to date. Registration is $9.99 per person in advance. Children under 12 accompanied by an adult are admitted free.
Day-of registration is $15 per person. Visit showclix.com/event/steptrek to purchase tickets. Commemorative StepTrek t-shirts designed by Commonwealth Press can be ordered for $10.
The South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association is a volunteer organization whose mission is to maintain, foster and improve the quality of life, safety and unity of the Slopes neighborhood.
For more information on StepTrek or the SSSNA, visit www.southside slopes.org.