Our favorite post-run spots on the North Side (Mexican War Streets)

Our Mexican War Streets 5k Tour & Brews, North Shore 5k Tour, and North Side 5k Tour routes are all in different parts of the North Side, and there are a lot of different options for post-run grub and drinks, so we’ll be splitting up the options by tour.

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Running into Randy at Randyland

Next time you run with us in the Mexican War Streets, check out some of our favorite post-run spots.

  1. Allegheny City Brewing

Allegheny City Brewing opened in the fall of 2016 and has quickly become one of our favorite breweries in Pittsburgh. In fact, our Mexican War Streets 5k Tour & Brews ends with a flight at ACB. Owners Amy, Matt, and Al are all originally from Pittsburgh, and after living in Colorado and falling in love with craft beer, they decided to return to the ‘burgh and open ACB. We’re happy they did, as their beer is phenomenal and the brewery has created a great community on the North Side.

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  1. Bier’s Pub (formerly Benjamin’s)

Bier’s Pub (up until just recently, Benjamin’s) is a North Side staple on Western Ave. They are the exclusive tap room for the new War Streets Brewery, have a good selection of draft beers, wines, and liquors, and also offer an impressive brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. Not only are their inventive burgers delicious, they have a great weekday happy hour and daily specials. No matter what day of the week you visit Bier’s (except Monday, when they’re closed), you’re sure to find tasty and affordable options.

  1. Peppi’s

Peppi’s has been around for over 30 years, but since 2004, they’ve become widely known for their #7 Roethlis”burger” named after the Steelers’ quarterback. The subs here are made on fresh Mancini’s bread and pretty large, so bring your post-run appetite!

  1. Nicky’s Thai Kitchen

Nicky’s North Side location is one of the best Thai restaurants in Pittsburgh (and there’s no shortage of amazing Thai restaurants in the ‘burgh). In fact, they’ve been named ‘best Thai’ by both Pittsburgh Magazine and City Paper multiple years in a row. In the warmer months, make sure to check out their outdoor patio space.

  1. El Burro

El Burro’s original location (Numero Uno) is on the North Side, on Federal. They’ve expanded to a second location in Regent Square, and for good reason. You’ll find hearty (and tasty!) options at both locations.

  1. Deli on North

The chalkboard sign outside of Deli on North advertises that they have the best chicken salad in Pittsburgh, and we have to agree. Not only that, but they make amazing cookies, soups, and sandwiches and wraps too. What started as a family run deli on Butler Street (Deli on Butler), now has a second location on the North Side for you to enjoy post-run. While it’s hard to go wrong here, we highly recommend trying the homemade chicken salad.

Next time you’re in the North Side, definitely check out one of these options.

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Coming in 2018

Here at Pittsburgh Running Tours, we’re always thinking of fresh ways to tell Pittsburgh’s many stories, so we’re constantly developing new routes and tours. Check out some of the tours we have in store for 2018 below.

South Side 5k Tour & Brews

Come explore this lively and eclectic Pittsburgh neighborhood, from the waterfront trail to historic Carson Street.  Runners will get the chance to learn about the history of the South Side and its steel mills, as well as a few of the many murals along the way.  Afterwards, enjoy a half sandwich plus beer (or soda and side) at Carson Street Deli. Beer is limited to runners who are 21+.

Upcoming tour: Sunday, February 11 at 11:30am – register here.

South Side Slopes 5k Tour

Venture into the South Side Slopes and Allentown! Work your legs with some uphill running before working your arms with some climbing. We’ll start with some uphill (with plenty of breaks along the way), traverse some of the neighborhood’s city steps, find some old inclines, and end back at ASCEND, South Side’s climbing gym. There, you’ll have the option to climb for 50% off for the rest of the day.

Upcoming tour: Sunday, January 28 at 10am – register here.

Earth Day 5k Tour

Join us on Earth Day for a special look into Pittsburgh’s revitalization as a green city. From ‘hell with the lid off’ to hosting the Climate Reality Project in 2017, learn about Pittsburgh’s green buildings and local pioneers in environmental issues while enjoying a run through downtown.

Upcoming tour: Sunday, April 22 – registration coming soon!

Pittsburgh Running Tours membership program

We’re excited to announce our brand new membership program.
Join us on all 5 standard tours* – good for one year from the date you sign up
Receive a Pittsburgh Running Tours dry-wicking, long sleeve tech shirt.

Additional Membership Benefits include:

  • 25% discount off specialty tours
  • 10% discount code to share with your friends
  • Earn discounts for every social media post where you tag Pittsburgh Running Tours
  • Opportunity to register for new tours before general public

Register as a club member on our website.

*Standard tours include neighborhood tours (South Side, North Shore, Strip District, Oakland, Downtown). Not included: beer runs, specialty tours.

More tours in 2018

Look for registration and more information for these tours coming soon!
Public Art Run 5k Tour – learn more about Pittsburgh’s public art
Homestead 5k Tour – learn about Pittsburgh’s steel city past, including the Homestead Strike of 1892

 

Corporate Running Tours

Are you looking for a unique and exciting event for your company? Consider a customized running tour for you and your colleagues with Pittsburgh Running Tours!

Pittsburgh is a diverse city with a rich history, so why not share that while building corporate morale. Pittsburgh Running Tours is your go-to source to provide the very best event for your next team-building activity. Each program can be customized based on size and budget. Our programs are also set for specific locations to include the sites you want to see along the tour. Try something different that will leave a lasting impression on your colleagues!

General Program Inclusions:

Length: 3 – 6 Miles
Duration: 1 – 2 Hours
Pace: Casual
Locations: Downtown, North Shore, South Side (Flats or Slopes), Strip District, North Side, Mexican War Streets, Oakland, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Homestead (Waterfront), or your neighborhood!

Interested in learning more? Give us a call at (412) 256-8640 or email trista@pittsburghrunningtours.com.

Running through the holidays

With the holiday season upon us, most of us will be traveling and spending time with friends and family. Our regular schedules will be disrupted, and it can be difficult to prioritize running in the cold over staying in and cozying up with family and friends, eating delicious food, and relaxing. Below are a few tips on running through the holiday season.

Be prepared with your running shoes and plenty of layers, especially for those traveling to cold(er) climates. As the saying goes, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothes. We recommend investing in nice neck gaiter, gloves, and hat for really cold climates.

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Enjoying a winter running tour

Traveling for the holidays? Search out a running tour in the city you’re visiting. We’re a bit biased towards running tours, of course, but they’re a great way to get a quick workout in and learn a little bit more about the city. Plus, most running tours are approachable for all levels of runners, so they’re good for bringing along family and friends. Check out RunningTours.Net to find a comprehensive list of cities around the world with running tours.

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No running tours in the city? Check for local running groups you can join if you’re unfamiliar with the area and/or don’t want to run alone.

Find a local race, like a turkey trot, to do in the morning, before festivities begin.

Invite your family/friends out to run with you. It gives you a chance to continue socializing, as well as introduce them to running (or walking).

Hopefully these tips will help you keep running throughout the holiday season, but it’s also good to be okay with running slightly less than normal. It’s perfectly acceptable to take a few extra non-running days or opt for shorter runs in order to enjoy time with loved ones.

Happy Holidays!

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Happy Holidays from Pittsburgh Running Tours

Running + Beer = Awesome

Here at Pittsburgh Running Tours, we believe running and beer can go hand in hand. We’ll often make recommendations for the best places to grab a beer after a tour (or later in the day if you’re not a morning-beer type of runner). And we’re not the only ones loving beer with our running!

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Cheers!

Run a race, and there’s a good chance you’ll see beer offered at the finish. More and more breweries are sponsoring races these days – or putting on their own!

In Austin, TX, there’s a 0.5K race in which the object is to carry two beers and spill as little as possible while you run around a figure eight shaped track (the Circle Brewing Co. 0.5K Micro Marathon).

In Denver, you can shop for your running shoes and enjoy a craft beer at the adjoining taproom at Shoes and Brews. You can even grab your new shoes and run their 800m challenge to determine the price of your beer in the taproom.

These are just two examples, but there are many other beer + running options out there. In fact, because we like the partnership of running and beer so much, we offer a 5k tour of the Mexican War Streets, followed by brews at Allegheny City Brewing. And we’ll be adding more options like this in the future. What are your favorite breweries in and around the ‘burgh?

 

Our favorite post-run treat spots downtown

In previous posts, we let you know our favorite morning and evening post-run spots downtown. These are some of our favorite places downtown for a post-run sweet treat, all located conveniently close to Market Square, where our downtown tour ends.

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Runners on our Downtown 5k Tour at Point State Park
  1. Sinful Sweets

Sinful Sweets has two locations downtown, one near Market Square, on Liberty Ave and another in the Cultural District on Penn Ave. While they offer a wide variety of sweets (chocolate bacon, anyone?) we’re big fans of their jars of cookie dough and their ice cream. After all, “without ice cream, there would be darkness and chaos.”

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Chalkboard art outside of Sinful Sweets on Penn Avenue
  1. Millie’s

Millie’s recently opened a downtown location (their original location is in Shadyside on Highland Ave). They use all-natural milk and eggs from Western PA farms, and boy is their ice cream delicious. Our favorite flavor is lemon, but they have many options to choose from at both scoop shops, as well as take-home pints.

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Chalkboard art at Millie’s Downtown
  1. Prantl’s

Prantl’s is in a perfect spot for a post-tour treat – we run right past on our last block into Market Square. They’re famous for their burnt almond torte, which was created by Henry Prantl after a trip to California and has been called the best cake in American by a 2014 Huffington Post article.

“No cake made in any of the five boroughs of New York holds a candle to Prantl’s amazing burnt almond torte. It is possibly the BEST cake America has to offer.”

-The Huffington Post

  1. Milk Shake Factory

The Milk Shake Factory actually started as a small soda fountain and chocolate shop in Lawrenceville in 1914. Since then, they moved to the South Side and now have a second location downtown. They aren’t just milkshakes, though. The Milk Shake Factory also offers a selection of chocolates.

Next time you’re downtown and craving something sweet, definitely check out one of these options.

Our favorite post-run spots downtown (evening edition)

Our Downtown 5k tour is our most popular route, and we often tour with groups in the afternoon. In our last post, we let you know our favorite morning post-run spots downtown. These are some of our favorite spots downtown after an afternoon/evening run.

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Runners post-Downtown 5k Tour, Pittsburgh
  1. Market Street Grocery (Wine Bar)

As we mentioned in our last post, Market Street Grocery is a terrific option for a one-stop shop. Their wine bar also makes a great happy hour spot. The Wine Bar carries Collefrisio wines imported from Italy and also features a tapas menu and cheese and charcuterie plates.

  1. Condado Tacos

Condado is a bit of a new-kid-on-the-block here in downtown Pittsburgh (they also have 4 locations in Columbus, OH). Choose between inventive combinations already on the menu or build your own! Plus, they have an excellent happy hour in the bar area.

  1. täkō

Yes, another taco joint. täkō is another great option for getting inventive tacos. Plus, they have customizable guacamole. What’s not to love?

  1. The Yard

Besides having a great craft beer draft list, The Yard has an extensive menu of grilled cheese sandwiches with fun names. Some of our favorites are are Buffy the Mac Attack Slayer; Lafferty, Daniel; and Cheesy Capresey. Try them all!

  1. Nicky’s Thai Kitchen

There’s no shortage of amazing Thai restaurants in Pittsburgh, and Nicky’s is one of the best. In fact, they’ve been named ‘best Thai’ by both Pittsburgh Magazine and City Paper multiple years in a row. The Downtown location has a bar, but you are also welcome to bring your own alcohol ($10 corkage fee).

  1. Bakersfield

A third taco joint? Yes. Downtown Pittsburgh has plenty of options when it comes to tacos and tequila, and they’re all delicious. Our favorite margarita at Bakersfield? The Spicy Margarita.

We are obviously big fans of tacos and margaritas, and there are many more great post-run spots downtown, like Sienna on the Square, Proper Brick Oven, and Sharp Edge. Look for our places to satisfy your sweet-tooth downtown soon!

Private and Custom Tours

Did you know we also offer private and custom tours?

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Private running group at Point State Park

For your next event, consider a running tour for you and your group. Pittsburgh Running Tours is a nice team-building activity for corporations and a fun alternative for bachelor/ette parties, birthdays, and anniversaries.

Routes can be customized to begin and end at specific locations and include the sights you want to see (we work with you to develop a fun and interesting route based on your preferences). Pictured above are some sights runners can see on a route through downtown Pittsburgh.

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Runners in the South Side

Try something different that will leave a lasting impression on you and your group!

Our favorite post-run spots downtown (early edition)

Our Downtown 5k tour is our most popular route. After three miles around downtown, we love to grab coffee and hang out in Market Square.

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Runners listen to the history of Market Square

Because downtown Pittsburgh has so many amazing options, we’re dividing up our favorite post-run spots into breakfast/lunch (and coffee) and dinner (and happy hour!) These are some of our favorite spots downtown after an early run.

  1. Fort Pitt Coffee

Fort Pitt Coffee opened earlier this year and is a great addition to the downtown coffee scene. A favorite treat there is the dirty chai, but they also have delicious prepared iced teas and have recently added seasonal drinks. They’re only open until 3 on weekdays and noon on Saturday (closed Sundays), so get there early for your coffee fix.

  1. Market Street Grocery

Market Street Grocery is a terrific option for a one-stop shop. Pick up a coffee and donut, plus any essentials you might need. Because of their wine bar, they also make a great happy hour spot (catch them on our dinner/happy hour list, too). The Gaby et Jules outpost in the corner means you can pick up a macaron for a delicious post-run treat that you don’t need to feel too guilty about.

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  1. Bluebird Kitchen

Bluebird Kitchen has two locations – one on Forbes near Market Square and a second on Stanwix Street. They’re both open Monday through Friday at 7am. Market Square stays open until 3pm, and Stanwix is open until 2pm. Both locations focus on creative offerings using fresh, seasonal, and locally grown food.

  1. Hello Bistro

We’re big fans of Hello Bistro’s salad bar. One price for all the toppings you can think of? Yes, please! Besides their design-your-own salads, they also have an abundance of other options. There’s sure to be something to please everyone in your party. Plus, Hello Bistro is connected to Delicious Raw, in case you prefer to drink your nutrition.

  1. Gasoline Street Coffee

Gasoline Street Coffee is another relative newcomer to the downtown coffee scene, having opened in early 2016. Not only is the vibe spot on, they have inventive drinks not found elsewhere and tasty pastries from ThreeFifty Bakery. Plus, they often host fun events in their space.

Look for additional downtown favorites soon. We’ll be talking about dinner and happy hour places next, and then the best places to satisfy your sweet-tooth!

History of Pittsburgh Running Tours

Pittsburgh Running Tours was established by Trista Yerks in 2013 and is an active way to explore Pittsburgh for both locals and visitors alike. A self-proclaimed “Pittsburgher by choice”, Trista moved to Pittsburgh in 2012 from Minneapolis and immediately fell in love with the city. Trista had taken running tours in the Twin Cities with City Running Tours and wanted to do one in her new city to get to know the area, but they didn’t exist.

Wanting to share her passion for both running and Pittsburgh with others, she started Pittsburgh Running Tours with one route – North Shore. The first tour took place on June 23, 2013 (if you’re a Pittsburgher, you might remember this as the day after the infamous Kenny Chesney concert).

 

Since then, Pittsburgh Running Tours has flourished and currently has 9 different routes – Strip District, Downtown, South Side, Oakland, Lawrenceville, Bloomfield, Mexican War Streets, North Side, and of course, North Shore. Tours are offered year-round, any day of the week, and new routes are constantly being developed. Custom and private tours are available, as well as special tours offered in partnership with local breweries, yoga instructors, and other tour operators.

When Trista asked her very talented sister-in- law, Minna Sponholz, to design the logo for Pittsburgh Running Tours, she asked her to include one of the Three Sisters Bridges. Minna designed a unique logo that incorporates not only the three bridges in that special Aztec Gold, but also Pittsburgh’s three rivers in blue.  And the logo as a whole is a pair of shoelaces, since it is a running company after all.

Running tours are growing in popularity and can now be found in 190 cities worldwide. To find running tours in a city near you, check out runningtours.net, a resource to find running tours.