Marathon Weekend

Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016

Thirty members and friends of Shadyside Presbyterian Church are preparing to “Own the Race” in the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1. The entire church is invited to run alongside them in a number of exciting ways:

  • Show Your Support:  This year, we are honored to be running with our local mission partner, Open Hand Ministries (OHM). Shadyside runners are running with a purpose to raise funds in support of OHM’s work in the Garfield and East Liberty communities. Visit their Crowdrise pages at
  • Eat Dinner:  Join the runners and meet our mission partner at a carbo-loading pasta dinner and pep rally on Friday, April 29, at 6:00 p.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church. RSVP to Shadyside Presbyterian Church no later than Monday, April 25. If you are interested with the dinner, please contact Rev. John Magnuson.
  • Slice Oranges:  Volunteers are needed the day before the race, Saturday, April 30, at 1:00 p.m. to slice nearly 200 pounds of oranges in the church kitchen. Oranges will be given to runners during the race as they ascend Fifth Avenue, one of the most challenging portions of the 26.2-mile course. Please sign up to help by contacting the church office or by signing up in the Sharp Atrium.
  • Be a Fan:  Shadyside’s cheer station will once again be located near the church at the corner of Amberson and Fifth Avenues. Not only will we pass out orange slices and fruit chews, we will be the words of encouragement as the athletes run their race with perseverance and strength. Rain or shine, be prepared to cheer with enthusiasm from 7:30 to 11:00 a.m. on Sunday, May 1.

Reminder: Marathon weekend concludes with worship at 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 1.  Due to the church’s location within the marathon route, our service of worship moves from the morning to the afternoon.  The service will be held in the sanctuary and will include Communion served by intinction. As a fitting conclusion to Marathon Weekend, this will serve as a reminder that acts of running, giving, and encouraging are all done in worship.


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