October 27, 2018 8:00 am- new year, same hellish course.

Register here: https://www.athlinks.com/event/181206

PARKING: Parking will be available at Family Links at 2644 Banksville Road, with shuttles to registration, and again from the finish line and Epic After Party back to your car. 

REGISTRATION: STARTS AT 7:00 am -Will be at Gaetano's at 1617 Banksville Road. And, fantastic news! We will have a BAG DROP this year! 

EPIC AFTER PARTY: Oh man. This is shaping up to be a real humdinger! We will have free beer from Enix Brewing, food from Alquisiras Paleteria, and music from School of Rock Castle Shannon. This is a family friendly event, so make sure to have them meet you at the finish line to celebrate! 

COSTUMES: I expect to see some amazing costumes again this year! BRING YOUR A GAME, PEOPLE! 

What is Hell on Hills?

Beechview is only minutes away from Downtown via the “T,” Pittsburgh’s trolley system. It is home to a diverse population in a neighborhood filled with hardworking people dedicated to helping others and improving the community they call home.  In 1912, the community challenged the city to find a solution to the fact that the normal horse and wagon used by firemen did not work on our hills.

This year our community is challenging you to tackle those same hills, including the steepest street in the world.  The staggering 37% grade of Canton is just the beginning as the course continues to climb four of the biggest hills Pittsburgh has to offer.


Are you a Beechview resident interested in registering for Hell on Hills?  Contact Bethany Ruhe for details about a special discount just for you! 






Hell On Hills




Where in the hell are you going? 

0.00 mi Head southeast on Coast Ave toward Canton Ave
0.01 mi Turn left onto Canton Ave
0.10 mi Turn right onto Hampshire Ave
0.12 mi Head east on Hampshire Ave toward Napoleon St
0.34 mi Turn left onto Methyl St
0.41 mi Head north on Methyl St toward Sebring Ave
0.74 mi Turn right onto Wentworth Ave
0.77 mi Head east on Wentworth Ave toward Beechview Ave 0.84 mi Turn right onto Falloweld Ave
0.91 mi Head south on Falloweld Ave toward Bayonne Ave
1.07 mi Turn left onto Sebring Ave
1.09 mi Head east on Sebring Ave toward Dagmar Ave
1.11 mi Turn right onto Dagmar Ave
1.22 mi Head south on Dagmar Ave toward Hampshire Ave
1.28 mi Turn right onto Hampshire Ave
1.30 mi Head west on Hampshire Ave toward Falloweld Ave 1.33 mi Turn left onto Falloweld Ave
1.39 mi Head south on Falloweld Ave toward Coast Ave
1.54 mi Turn right onto Tonopah Ave
1.56 mi Head west on Tonopah Ave toward Realty Ave
1.59 mi Turn left onto Realty Ave 1.64 mi Head south on Realty Ave toward Crosby Ave
1.70 mi Turn right onto Crosby Ave 1.73 mi Head west on Crosby Ave toward Belasco Ave
1.86 mi Turn left onto Pauline Ave
1.92 mi Head east on Pauline Ave toward Lonergan St
1.99 mi Slight left onto Lonergan St 2.17 mi Head east on Lonergan St toward Anglon Way
2.19 mi Turn left onto Anglon Way 2.21 mi Turn right onto Shiras Ave 2.25 mi Slight left onto Kiralfy Ave
2.48 mi Head north on Kiralfy Ave toward Tonopah Ave
2.49 mi Turn right onto Tonopah Ave
2.53 mi Turn left onto Fairacres Ave
2.60 mi Turn right onto Colebrook Ave
2.65 mi Head northeast on Colebrook Ave toward Cape May 2.68 mi Turn left onto Cape May Ave
2.80 mi Head northwest on Cape May Ave toward Hampshire 2.84 mi Turn right onto Kenberma Ave
2.97 mi Head north on Kenberma Ave toward Sebring Ave
3.00 mi Turn right onto Sebring Ave
3.13 mi Head east on Sebring Ave
3.14 mi Turn left onto Westeld St
3.19 mi Head north on Westeld St toward Andick Way
3.21 mi Destination

Bethany L. Ruhe, President & Executive Director

Bethany L. Ruhe
President & Executive Director

Bethany Ruhe wishes she could run more, but is happy for every chance she gets to lace up and head out. After tackling two half marathons, a Tough Mudder, and the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay twice, she got inspired. She realized that she truly loved running hills, then wondered why her neighborhood, Beechivew, has never had a 5K on Canton Avenue, the steepest hill in the world. 

Rather than wait for someone else to do it, she gathered a group of amazing Beechviewers, and Hell on Hills, the World's Steepest 5K, was born. 

Bethany lives in Beechview with her partner,(and Hell on Hills CFO) Casey, their son, Jones, two chickens, and Herman The Bulldog, the unofficial mascot of Hell on Hills. She is the co-founder and associate publisher of Pittsburgh Current, does PR and event work for a few select clients, and writes every chance she gets. In her spare time, ha ha ha, just kidding. There isn't any. 

Casey O. Smith, CFO & Lead Course Designer

Casey O. Smith
CFO & Lead Course Designer

Casey Smith hasn't met a sport he wouldn't try at least once. Casey is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, where he played football, ran track (the 800), and played on the golf team. Since then he's ran several mud challenges and completed a sprint triathlon. When he isn't CFO'ing for Hell On Hills, he is helping to revitalize Pittsburgh by buying and renovated distressed properties. 

His current project is actually a tiny house, which he will be AirBnb'ing for all of the people who want to visit the fine city of Pittsburgh, specifically the Beechview neighborhood. It will be ready by race day, if you're looking for a place to stay. 

Casey lives with Hell on Hills Executive Director Bethany Ruhe, their son Jones, and the aforementioned assortment of animals. He is an avid amateur chef and a die hard Pirates fan. 

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AImee key
head of digital marketing and engagement  

The best kind of running Aimee does is running badass marketing campaigns (or running after her crazy kids). From email blasts to social media content and rock-star engagement level ad campaigns, she is indeed the whole package. Aimee brings a dozen years of digital marketing prowess to Hell on Hills, and took special pride in creating fun and uber-engaging imagery to our social platforms this year.

Born and raised in the Pittsburgh suburbs, Aimee is beyond pumped to finally be back in the ‘Burgh after an 11 year stint in Philadelphia. She’s the rural one of the group, setting up homestead all the way down by the WashCo county line.