Pirates Charities To Hold Second Annual "Pittsburgh Pirates 5K Home Run"

Pirates Charities, the official philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, today announced the second annual “Pittsburgh Pirates 5K Home Run” event scheduled for Saturday, April, 21. The morning event will take place on Pittsburgh’s North Shore, starting on Federal Street and finishing inside PNC Park.                                             

  The race is open to fans of all ages and abilities with staggered start times beginning at 8 a.m.  Competitive runners can choose to run in the 5K individually or take part in the team challenge, where teams of four runners can compete against other teams based on average overall time.  Top male and female individual runners in each age group (under 15, 16-19 and 10 year age groups from 20 to 70-plus), as well as top male, female and co-ed teams, will be recognized on the field at PNC Park prior to that night’s game against the St. Louis Cardinals.  Winners will also be awarded commemorative medals.

  Fans who do not wish to run may still participate by walking the 5K route.  Families may also take part by joining the One Mile Family Fun Run.  The One Mile Fun Run course, which does not include the route inside PNC Park, is open to families of any size.

  All participants are invited to the post-race party that will be held on Federal Street immediately following the event and will feature complimentary food and beverages.  In addition, all participants will receive a commemorative t-shirt and a ticket voucher good for a complimentary ticket to that evening’s game against the Cardinals or any one game during the April 23 - 25 series versus the Colorado Rockies. 

  Participants will also be entered into a drawing to win great prizes such as Pirates 2012 season tickets, autographed Pirates memorabilia and more. Complimentary parking will be available for all participants, courtesy of ALCO Parking.

  In 2011 over 2,500 participants took part in the inaugural 5k Home Run and raised more than $68,000 to help support Pirates Charities’ many local community and charitable initiatives.

  “We are honored to again have the opportunity to team up with our great sponsors in presenting the second annual Pittsburgh Pirates 5K Home Run,” said Pirates President Frank Coonelly.  “Last year’s event was a great success and we look forward to an even larger group of Pirates fans looking to have fun and help make a difference in the community.” 

  The 2012 Pittsburgh Pirates 5K Home Run sponsors to-date include ALCO Parking, Alphagraphics, Newsradio 1020 KDKA, Pirates.com, Root Sports, SportsRadio 93-7 The Fan, the Parking Spot, Star 100.7, Sunoco, Trib Total Media, Utz and Y108.

  To register or obtain complete race details, fans can log onto http://pittsburgh.pirates.mlb.com/pit/community/race.jsp, or contact Jackie Hunter at 412-325-4776. 

About Pirates Charities

  Pirates Charities, the philanthropic arm of the Pittsburgh Pirates, is a 501(c)(3) organization that focuses on three core areas of youth health, fitness and education.  Since its inception in 2006, Pirates Charities has distributed more than $2.4 million to organizations and programs committed to improving the lives of children and adults.  In 2011, the Pirates and Pirates Charities assisted more than 3,000 organizations.  To learn more about Pirates positive impact in the community, visit www.pirates.com/community.