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StepTrek is a self-guided tour of the South Side Slopes


October 3, 2017

In its 17th year, the Pittsburgh StepTrek will begin this Saturday, Oct. 7 at 11a.m. at South Side Park, Josephine and 21st streets on South Side.

This year's routes will take a tour of the hillsides and spectacular views that distinguish Pittsburgh. The family-friendly event combines photography, historic narrative and a sense of a neighborhood dependent upon steps. Each pre-registered trekker receives a map and a course narrative.

StepTrek is what the trekker makes it. Participants may choose to use the noncompetitive event as a test of fitness or a leisurely stroll. The benefits of a stirring walk through the Slopes have earned this event the heart-healthy rating of the American Heart Association.

Special pricing makes the walk an attractive way to experience the city on an autumn afternoon.

The Trek itself is self-guided. The course narrative points out the landmarks and gives a history of the stairs and buildings, counts the steps and also provides instruction as to the route. Arrows along the course provide direction as well.

Proceeds from the StepTrek benefit the South Side Slopes Neighborhood Association (SSSNA), an all-volunteer organization committed to improving its neighborhood and providing a unified voice for Slopes residents. Primary areas of focus for the SSSNA are public safety, neighborhood development and beautification.

This event also benefits The Brashear Association's Food Pantry. Those attending are asked to bring a canned or non-perishable food item to help stock Brashear Association's Food Pantry. Top items needed include: Peanut butter and jelly, spaghetti sauce, tuna, cereal and baby food.

Interested in volunteering for StepTrek? Volunteers get a free t-shirt and can participate in the event before or after their shift. Sign up at:


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