South Siders cheer marathoners along
The South Side Chamber of Commerce partnered with Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc., and Dick's Sporting Goods this year to welcome Pittsburgh marathoners at the South Side Welcome Center at the corner of S. 11th and East Carson streets starting at 7 a.m. on Sunday.
Headed eastward, marathoners ran up South Side's East Carson Street. The Welcome Center sidewalk celebration started at 7 a.m. Residents, businesses, visitors and marathoners alike gathered there to enjoy hot coffee and Le Petit Chocolat petite cupcakes and Halo oranges as they cheered on the marathoners and created a lively South Side welcome.
The Elliotts, a classic rock Pittsburgh band, entertained the marathoners on South Side. Since 2004, The Elliotts have played songs by the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, the Who, the Kinks and many more.
They entertained marathoners at the 2013, 2014 and 2015 South Side marathon Welcome Center
As part of their half marathon sponsorship, UPMC Health Plan had a tent at the South Side Welcome Center and in other neighborhoods participating in their "Steel City Spirit" social media competition involving the various neighborhoods the half marathon course went through. The competition involved spectators posting on Instagram and Twitter using the hashtag of the neighborhood where they were cheering on the marathoners.
UPMC had lots of fun giveaways for spectators. They announced the South Side was the winner of the social media challenge for having the most posts at #GameOnSouthSide.
City Councilman Corey O'Connor was seen at Cupka's Café 2. Pittsburgh Zone 3 Police Commander Karen Dixon, Zone 3 Community Relations Officer Christine Luffey and many other public safety officers were on the scene. Spectators of all ages attended the family-friendly celebration.
In addition to public safety, other city and county departments, including fire, emergency medical services and public works did a provided services for the marathon in the South Side neighborhood.
Spectators braved the weather to cheer on the marathoners. Marathoners danced to the music of the Elliotts as they ran by. Many of them came back to the South Side to celebrate post race. As volunteers cleaned up litter and packed up their gear, they were heard making plans for next year's South Side marathon festival.