2021 Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk presented by Highmark

Sunday, October 3, 2021 Pittsburgh, PA 15219 US
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IN-PERSON 6.6K and 3.3K WALK FAQs UPDATED 9/14/21:  

(Scroll to the bottom for VIRTUAL 6.6K FAQs)

 

The Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk is still scheduled to be in person! We are excited to welcome you back to the ‘Burgh on Sunday, October 3! 

 

RACE START TIME:  The 6.6K will start promptly at 8:00 AM; 3.3K walkers will line up behind runners and follow accordingly

COURSE MAP:  The 6.6K/3.3K courses have been updated for 2021, featuring new Start and Finish locations.

  • The new Start Line is on Centre Avenue.
  • The Finish Line is now on Logan Street (off Centre Avenue, across from PPG Paints Arena).
  • Mario will be at the finish line!  While he will not be hi-fiving, he will be there to cheer on participants at the finish.

AWARDS CEREMONY:  There will not be an Awards ceremony after the race to limit the number of participants gathering for an extended period of time.

  • Age category awards will be mailed to winners. Virtual participants are not eligible for age category awards.
  • All participants (in person and virtual) will automatically be entered in the raffle and winning bib numbers will be selected at random. Prizes will be mailed to winners.

COVID 19 PROTOCOLS:  The Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Run and Family Walk will abide by all CDC, state and local guidelines. 6.6K policies may change as CDC, state and local guidelines are updated.

If COVID-19 forces the in-person event to be cancelled, we will shift to an entirely virtual format and provide options for registered runners to participate.

If you are registered for the in-person race and would like to shift to the virtual race now, please contact us BEFORE September 21, 2021, to request the change.  After September 21, we are unable to change your registration!

MASKS:  If you are unvaccinated, please wear a mask!  When you are at the start line waiting for the race to begin, please wear a mask. You will receive a mask with your race packet.

All 6.6K staff and volunteers will be wearing masks.

PACKET PICK UP TIMES/LOCATIONS:

Friday, October 1               PPG Paints Arena- FNB Gate       10:30 AM – 8:00 PM

Saturday, October 2         PPG Paints Arena- FNB Gate       9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday, October 3             PPG Paints Arena - FNB Gate     Prior to Race

Complementary parking will be available in the PPG Paints Arena lot across the street.

Participants are able to pick up packets for friends and family.

Other Important Race Day Information:

RACE DAY REGISTRATION:  Race day registration will open at 6:30 AM inside the Highmark Gate at PPG Paints Arena.

RACE DAY PACKET PICKUP:  Race day packet pickup will open at 6:30 AM inside the Highmark Gate at PPG Paints Arena.

RACE-DAY PARKING:  Complementary parking is available for the 6.6K/3.3K in lots across the street from PPG Paints Arena. Use the Bedford Street entrance for access. Please plan to arrive by 6:30 AM, as lots will fill quickly, and the streets will close around the Arena in preparation for the race.

6.6K MINIMUM PACE: - Participants in the 6.6K are permitted to walk, but must maintain a minimum 20-minute mile pace. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you fall behind the 20-minute pace, you will be asked to leave the course or move onto the sidewalk. Roads will reopen based on the 20-minute-pace.

3.3K FAMILY WALK: - This is an untimed event. Pets and strollers are permitted.

REFUNDS: - No refunds or deferments of entry fees.

TRANSFERS: - There are no transfers to other participants or events after September 21.

FUNDRAISERS:  Fundraisers who have raised their minimum fundraising amount will be able to pick up their 6.6K Fundraiser prize package at the pre-race packet pickups or on race morning.  You must raise the minimum of $166 to receive prizes. Anyone who hits the minimum after September 26, will still receive their prize package, but availability is not guaranteed for the packet pickups or on race morning.

COVID-19 CANCELLATION:  If COVID-19 forces the in-person event to be canceled, we will shift to a virtual format and provide options for registered runners to participate.

RACE START TIME AND LOCATION: Both the 6.6K and 3.3K Family Walk will begin at 8:00 AM on Centre Avenue outside PPG Paints Arena.

AGE CATEGORIES:  Age category awards for male and female competitors will be based on chip time in the following categories: 9 & Under, 10-13, 14-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70-74, 75-79, 80 & Over. Cash prizes will be presented to the top three overall male and female finishers. Overall winners are not eligible for age category awards.  Prizes will be mailed to winners.  Virtual participants are not eligible for age group prizes.

STROLLERS:  Children ages five (5) and under in a stroller are permitted free of charge for either the 6.6K or the 3.3K Family Walk. Please provide the name of your child when you register. For the 6.6K, the child's name must be provided through registration of an adult runner and must participate in a stroller. The child must stay in the stroller the entire length of the race, and the stroller must be pushed by an adult guardian. Strollers will start at the back of the field, and a shirt will not be provided. For the 3.3K Family Walk, the child's name must be provided through registration of an adult walker. A shirt will not be provided.

HAND CYCLES: Hand cycles are permitted in the 6.6K Run only.  Please contact the Lemieux Foundation for additional instructions for hand cyclists on race day.

PET WALK: Pets are permitted to participate in the 3.3K Pet Walk presented by Clearview Federal Credit Union as part of the 3.3K Family Walk. Registered pets will receive a "dog collar finishing medal."  Pets are not permitted to participate in the 6.6K event. For the 3.3K Walk only: dogs must have current vaccinations, be safe to bring in public and be leashed at all times. No retractable leashes please. Owners must clean up after their dogs. And, if your dog is in heat, please leave her at home.

BENCH TO 6.6K TRAINING PROGRAM:  Both the in-person and virtual events will feature a Bench to 6.6K program brought to you by Highmark Health.  Each week throughout the race period, a training schedule will be posted and participants will work their way up to running a full 6.6K!  More details here.

RAFFLE:  Each participant will be entered into the Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Raffle.  Raffle prizes will be drawn virtually and mailed after the event.  Prizes include signed Penguins memorabilia from Sidney Crosby, Evgeni Malkin, Jake Guentzel, Mario Lemieux and more.

 

 

Virtual 6.6K FAQs:

When do I need to run my Virtual 6.6K?  There is no official "race day."  You can run/walk your virtual 6.6K any time from your registration day through October 3.  Please just make sure to submit your virtual race time by October 3.  You must submit your time in order to receive the race shirt and medal.

What is included with registration?  Custom 6.6K short-sleeve tech shirt (mens, womens & youth sizes available), custom 6.6K finishing medal, printable 6.6K race bib and a virtual 6.6K raffle ticket - participants are entered to win great Penguins prizes and signed memorabilia in the Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K Raffle.  Winners will be selected virtually and mailed after the event.

When will I receive my shirt and medal?  All virtual race packets will be mailed the week of October 11.  Shirt, medal and any earned fundraising prizes will be mailed together if possible.

Do you ship to Canada or other countries outside the US?  Yes, we will ship to countries outside the US.  However, international shipping will be an additional charge.  You will receive an invoice through PayPal.

Is there an opportunity to fundraise during the Virtual 6.6K?  Yes, you can sign up to be a Virtual 6.6K Fundraiser during the registration process.  You can win great prizes while raising funds for the Mario Lemieux Foundation and the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation.

Can I walk the Virtual 6.6K?  Yes, you can walk the Virtual 6.6K; just submit your time when you are finished.

How do I download my Virtual Race Bib?  You can download your custom virtual race bib by logging into your RunSignUp account and clicking on the Upcoming Events tab.

Are there overall and age division prizes for the Virtual 6.6K?  No, there are not overall and age division prizes for virtual participants.

Can I do the Virtual 6.6K on a treadmill or elliptical?  Yes, just send in your time after you have completed the mileage. 

How do I submit my time?  You can clock your time any way you want - watch, app or even your treadmill.  You should then submit your race time manually on RunSignUp by clicking your RunSignup profile:

Navigate to your RunSignup profile by selecting the Profile Icon at the top right hand corner

Under your Upcoming Events > Select Submit Virtual Results > Enter in your Time > select Submit Time

How can you make your Virtual 6.6K more fun? 

1. Take pictures of your Virtual 6.6K and share on social media using #Pens66K

2. Wear your favorite 6.6K shirt from previous years or your best Pens gear

3. Join the Virtual 6.6K Club on Strava - post a picture, clock your time, add your race route, share a playlist or just encourage others!

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