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. 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
Head of Marketing and Sponsorships

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 whom she's enlisted to assist with promotion of Hell on Hills.  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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Steph McFerron
Volunteer Coordinator

Stephanie began running 5 years ago and since then has fallen in love with the sport. She has run several half marathons and conquered her first full marathon this past fall. She is very passionate about encouraging young children to explore the sport of running, learn the basics, demonstrate camaderie and support, and watch the kids see what they are capable of. Currently she is involved in the Kids of Steel program in her kids' school district.  She is a graduate from Duquesne University with a Masters in Speech and Language Pathology. Stephanie works currently in early intervention providing speech therapy to the 0-3 population.

Stephanie resides in Scott Township with her husband Ken and 2 children; Anna age 7 and Kenny age 10. The whole family enjoys running, being outdoors, and just staying active! Stephanie met Melissa through her local school district where Melissa works and volunteers her time to help with Kids of Steel. She is very excited to take on this role for the Hell on Hills team!