Greensburg Pike from Marion Avenue in Forest Hills to the Parkway East ramp/Marbury Road in Churchill will be completely closed to traffic from 8:45 to 10 a.m. this Saturday for the annual Race for Pace and Paws for Pace.
Forest Hills police Chief Chuck Williams notes that all side streets with access to the road will be blocked to traffic as well. A letter has been sent to affected residents informing them of the closure.
"To run the race safely, we need to block roads," Williams said."Safety has to be the paramount issue."
He advises that motorists find alternate routes during that time, such as Ardmore Boulevard, Beulah Road and Tri-Boro Expressway. As the competitors make their way back to Pace School past the halfway point, portions of the road will reopen, Williams said.
The race course begins at Pace School in Churchill, proceeds along Greensburg Pike, makes a right turn on Virginia Avenue, a left on Barclay, a right on Decatur, a left through an alley, left on Barclay, right on Carl, left on Greensburg Pike and then back to the finish line at the school.
Though part of the race travels through Churchill and Wilkins, most of the course is in Forest Hills.
The Race for Pace 5K and Paws for Pace 1-mile fun run/walk generally gets about 700 to 800 participants and 100 dogs each year, but this year’s preregistration numbers are “record-breaking,” according to Kelly Uzzo, marketing communications manager for Pace.
Honorary co-hosts for the event are Mike Clark and Kelly Frey of WTAE-TV. The new family fun area on the school grounds will be open from 8 to 11 a.m. and include face painting, pumpkins, games and activities.
Inspired to participate? Registration for the race is still available at Pace School today (Friday) from 6-7 p.m. and Saturday morning from 7:30-8:30.