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Even if you haven't run since grammar school, we've got books to get you started. Then you can check out Pittsburgh resources to get more involved.

Selected Books

Barrios, Dagny Scott
Runner's World Complete Book of Women's Running: The Best Advice to Get Started, Stay Motivated, Lose Weight, Run Injury-Free, Be Safe, and Train for Any Distance
GV1061.18.W66 S36 2007
Dagny Scott Barrios is a writer, editor and public speaker specialising in running and women's sports.
Bingham, John and Jenny Hadfield
Marathoning for Mortals: A Regular Person's Guide to the Joy of Running or Walking a Half-Marathon or Marathon
GV1065.17.T73 B53 2003
Former couch potato and frequent Runner's World contributor John "the Penguin" Bingham and coach Jenny Hadfield, give you the tips, tools and training secrets you need to help you prepare for and finish your first marathon successfully. See also Bingham's No Need for Speed: A Beginner's Guide to the Joy of Running.
Cheever, Benjamin
Strides: Running Through History with an Unlikely Athlete
GV1062.C54 2007
The Library is a great place for finding books you might not otherwise run across. Take this one on the importance of running in the course of history by the novelist son of writer John Cheever.
Dais, Dawn
The Nonrunner's Marathon Guide for Women: Get off Your Butt and on with Your Training
GV1061.18.W66 N66 2007
This fun training manual for women who don't believe that running is their biological destiny but who dream of crossing the finish line, opens with a realistic training schedule and is chock-full of how-to's, quizzes, and funny observations.
Dreyer, Danny and Katherine Dreyer
Chi Marathon: The Breakthrough Natural Running Program for a Pain-Free Half-Marathon and Marathon
GV1065.17.T3 D74 2012
Injury among marathoners is between 80 and 90 percent so the Dreyers extend their ChiRunning and present a technique-based plan for pain-and-injury-free high performance half and full marathons. Ease and efficiency of movement, rather than stamina and endurance, is the prime goal of this training.
Dreyer, Danny and Katherine Dreyer
ChiRunning: A Revolutionary Approach to Effortless, Injury-Free Running
GV1061.5.D74 2004
ChiRunning is a program for runners of any age or fitness, that teaches you how to run faster and farther with less effort and fewer injuries. ChiRunning employs the core muscles, an approach found in disciplines such as yoga, Pilates, and T'ai Chi. Learn more in Finding a Sustainable Running Stride.
Fishpool, Sean
Beginner's Guide to Long Distance Running
GV1062.F57 2002
This guide helps runners at all levels, from absolute beginners to those training for marathon racing. General topics include getting started, obtaining the right shoes and accessories, adhering to a runner's diet, developing self-motivation, and following a structured and progressive training program.
Goucher, Kara
Kara Goucher's Running for Women: From First Steps to Marathons
GV1061.18.W66 G68 2011
Goucher is the World Championship bronze medalist for the 10K and a top U.S. marathoner.
Robbins, Liz
A Race Like No Other: 26.2 Miles Through the Streets of New York
GV1065.22.N49 R63 2008x
New York Times sportswriter Robbins gives a vivid portrait of the 2007 New York City Marathon, profiling elite runners in a vibrant mile-by-mile portrait of the world's largest marathon.
Waitz, Grete and Gloria Averbuch
Run Your First Marathon: Everything You Need to Know to Reach the Finish Line
GV1065.17.T73 W35 2010
Grete Waitz, nine-time winner of the New York City Marathon, has a 16-week training program to help would-be racers do what they thought was impossible: complete their first marathon.


The Long Run
In this 2000 motion picture, a demanding coach trains a fiercely independent young woman, an illegal from Namibia, to conquer the Comrades Marathon, a 54-mile race that stretches between two cities through an arid desert in South Africa. Read the New York Times movie review.
Marathon Challenge
(DVD) GV1065.17.T73 M3625 2008x
This WGBH/PBS documentary follows thirteen sedentary individuals through a nine-month training program designed to prepare them for running the Boston Marathon. Examines the physiological changes undergone by the new runners as a result of their training.
Run for Your Life
(DVD) GV1065.22.N49 R863 2008x
A documentary about avid runner Fred Lebow (born Fischel Lebowitz, an immigrant from Romania) who founded the New York City Marathon.
Running the Sahara
This National Geographic documentary follows three ultra-marathoners, Charlie Engle, Kevin Lin and Ray Zahab, who run across the Sahara Desert, from the Atlantic coast in Senegal to the Red Sea in Egypt. It took them 111 days to cover over 4,300 miles.

Browse the Catalog

For additional titles, browse the library catalog under the subjects:


Pittsburgh Region

Pittsburgh Directories

  • Grass Roots Racing
    A Western Pennsylvania adventure racing company offering Adventure Races for teams of two in the Pittsburgh area. Adventure races usually contain four main elements: trail running, mountain biking, swimming or paddling, and orienteering.
  • Run Pittsburgh
    On Run Pittsburgh you’ll find a list of Saturday marathons and Sunday marathons, a comprehensive Pittsburgh and Area Race Calendar, maps and trails of Pittsburgh area parks, running groups and stores.
  • Runner's High
    Road race management and computer services throughout Western PA. Includes an annual Western Pennsylvania Race Calendar listing several races each weekend from spring through fall which is posted at the end of February.

Pittsburgh Organizations

  • American Adventure Sports
    A company that designs and produces adventure races for adventure athletes in the great outdoors in Southwestern Pennsylvania.
  • East End Runners
    This blog will let you know the location of the Sunday run and also has maps of various runs at
  • Greater Pittsburgh Road Runners
    This is the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Road Runners Club of America (RRCA). Runners of all ages and abilities are invited to join. They hold monthly runs throughout the year.
  • People Who Run Downtown
    A walking, talking, running, and eating group that meets downtown and elsewhere, every Tuesday night at 5:30pm.
  • Pittsburgh Frontrunners
    The Pittsburgh Frontrunners is a gay and lesbian running club that welcomes runners and walkers of all abilities.
  • Pittsburgh Hash House Harriers
    Hash House Harriers are characterized as Drinking Clubs with a Running Problem. The Pittsburgh chapter was established June 1980. Hare and Hound trail running.
  • Pittsburgh Pharaoh Hounds
    A group of competitive middle distance and distance runners training and racing in the Pittsburgh area.
  • Team Challenge, Western PA - West Virginia Chapter
    Team Challenge is a half marathon training program designed to raise funds to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis.
  • Team In Training: Western Pennsylvania & West Virginia
    Program training people to complete a Marathon, Half Marathon, Triathlon and 100 mile Century Ride while you help the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.
  • USA Track & Field Three Rivers Association
    An association of USA Track & Field, promoting amateur athletics in Western Pennsylvania
  • Western Pennsylvania (West Penn) Track Club
    The Western Pennsylvania Track Club is a club for runners of all ages and abilities that allows them to compete in track and field, cross country, and long distance running at all levels of competition -- local, state, national, and world. West Penn has over 150 members.

Pittsburgh Races

Arranged by date. Check the directories above for additional races.


Pittsburgh Stores

  • Elite Runners & Walkers
    A specialty shop designed exclusively for runners & walkers with locations in Robinson and Monroeville.
  • Fleet Feet
    A Mt. Lebanon running store.
  • New Balance
    The New Balance shoe brand has stores at the Waterfront, in Oakland and Wexford.
  • True Runner
    True Runner is a new running store by Dick's Sporting Goods located on Walnut Avenue in Shadyside.
  • Up-N-Running
    A specialty running and walking center in Valencia serving the Northern Allegheny / Southern Butler County Region.

Nearby States

    Covers running activities in West Virginia.
  • Run Ohio
    RUNOHIO is an 8-issue print publication that covers running, duathlons and triathlons in Ohio, West Virginia, northern Kentucky, southern Michigan, eastern Indiana and western Pennsylvania, as well as the Ohio High School Cross Country & Track State Championships.
  • Run WV
    A website that covers running in West Virginia, including Cross Country, Track & Field and Road Racing.

National/International Web Sites

  • Running
    Search for running events by name/type of event and state or zip and then register online. Includes link to the race's website.
  • American Running Association
    Founded by running doctors to help more people benefit from a running lifestyle. Includes a variety of fitness articles from the American Medical Athletic Association.
  • American Track and Field
    a professional publication dedicated to the improvement of both the image and the performance of American athletes in the sport of athletics--track and field, race walking, cross country and performance road racing.
  • Barefoot Running or in Minimal Footwear
    This website from Harvard University has been developed to provide an evidence-based resource for those interested in the biomechanics of different foot strikes in endurance running and the applications to human endurance running prior to the modern running shoe.
  • Cool Running
    calendar, results, specialty events, training, health & fitness, fall marathons; updated 7 days a week.
  • From Couch to 5K: Running Tips for Couch Potatoes
    A site devoted to giving new runners information about the sport, including the Couch to 5k Training Plan.
  • Gmaps Pedometer
    "This is a little hack that uses Google's superb mapping application to help record distances traveled during a running or walking workout." Trace your route on a google map with this application that totals the distance.
  • International Front Runners
    Gay and Lesbian running clubs now in major cities around the world.
  • Road Runners Club of America
    Representing over 700 member clubs and 200,000 members throughout America.
  • Road Runner Sports
    Offers running shoes and apparel for men and women.
  • Runner's World Online
    News, calendar, travel, nutrition and training tips, sections for women and beginners. From Rodale Press.
  • Running Movies
    This website has collected over 400 titles of films, movies, and videos that contain various aspects of running.
  • Running Network
    The Running Network is a comprehensive source of information for grassroots runners online, providing national or local running news, features, photos, extensive race results, a searchable calendar, training tips, clubs, stores, product reviews and more. Their dropdown menu features many regional publications.

Selected Races by Date