PITTSBURGH TO SET RECORD WITH WORLD’S STEEPEST 5K
Beechview neighborhood, home of Canton Avenue, set to launch Hell On Hills
PITTSBURGH, PA (July 25th, 2016)… The Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh is home to the world’s steepest street at a 37% grade, Canton Avenue. It’s also about to be home to Hell on Hills, the world’s steepest 5K.
Set to launch on October 15th, the 5K will start with runners attempting to conquer Canton Avenue. After a jog up Hampshire, runners will have to battle the almost ¼ mile jaunt up Bousted Street, with a grade of 29%, making it one of the top 15 steepest streets in America.
The officially sanctioned 5K will also run right through the heart of Beechview’s burgeoning business district on Broadway Avenue.
“This is great opportunity to show a wider audience something we’ve always known; Beechview is a great community,” said City Councilwoman Natalia Rudiak, who’s district encompasses the hilly community.
Extreme sporting events have been gaining in popularity, with mud runs and obstacle courses becoming the norm. “This is a whole new level of extreme running,” says race founder and Director, Bethany Ruhe. The race is being organized by a team of loyal Beechviewers, keen to show off their neighborhood. “We designed the course to be incredibly challenging, but doable.” Ruhe noted that they hope runners of all levels will participate.
“Our hope is that if you’re a Pittsburgher and you’re not running the race, you’re going to be out here cheering the runners on,” said Rudiak.
There will also be a community after party past the finish line, at Vanucci Field in Beechview.
Registration is now open, and you can visit hellonhills.com for more information. There is an early bird rate of $30 for the next two weeks, and of course, a discount for Beechview residents up for the challenge.
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Bethany L. Ruhe