October 27, 2018 - new year, same hellish course.

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

Here at Hell on Hills, we SUPER LOVE our sponsors and supporters! We think they are the FIRE! We want to send some special love to State Senator Wayne Fontana, City Council Candidate Anthony Coghill, County Controller Chelsa Wagner, and the District Attorney's office! We will be giving more sponsor SHOUT OUTS later this week! GUYS, WE LOVE YOU! 


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! 

We SUPER LOVE our sponsors at Hell on Hills! We literally couldn't do any of this without them! 

Interested in becoming an event sponsor, e-mail Bethany Ruhe for more information.  You can also download sponsorship information here.    






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 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. 

Melissa Harmon, Co-Director & Head of Community Outreach

Melissa Harmon
Co-Director & Head of Community Outreach

Melissa Harmon is an avid runner and member of Steel City Road Runners.  Each year she likes to challenge herself to a race related goal.  It has led to the completion of a Tough Mudder, a year spent running 28 different races of various lengths, her first ultramarathon, and many other interesting adventures.  Although all of her goals were challenging, they were definitely obtainable with work.  The team was able to create the same obtainable challenge with the Hell on Hills course. 

From the moment she moved to Beechview she fell in love with the neighborhood and can't imagine her husband and fellow runner, Todd, living any where else.  She is not at all surprised to have found a group of fellow Beechviewers crazy enough to decide to highlight their favorite neighborhood with the World’s Steepest 5K.  She is just happy to have connected with such an amazing team.

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. 


Missy Sorg
Website coordinator 

Missy Sorg is not a runner.  Her running experience includes three events: 1) a Color Run 5K, 2) a Kennywood Rollercoaster 5K, and 3) a Cupcake Run 3K.  There is a very good chance that if you see her running, there's something chasing her - and you should run, too. 

What she does have experience with is helping put together some pretty cool events, including a little thing called PodCamp Pittsburgh.  As a member of the Beechview community, she couldn't resist helping some friends out with something as awesome as the World's Steepest 5K.    

Missy lives in Beechview with her husband, Mike, a videographer and podcaster who has done a few Hell on Hils videos.  While she wears many hats in her professional life, her work in the Beechview community includes working with the race Co-Director and Head of Community Outreach, Melissa Harmon, to launch a local bakery.

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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.