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The Pittsburgh Marathon offers a new challenge for 2024: a military-inspired obstacle course

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Pittsburgh’s marathon weekend will include a new event: a 4-mile, military-inspired obstacle course.

The event is the first of its kind in urban marathons, said Troy Schooley, CEO of P3R, the nonprofit that organizes the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.

The event will include a U.S. Air Force 72-foot inflatable obstacle course and the U.S. Army’s new recruit challenges, such as the low crawl, pull-ups and a sled drag. It will also include tire flipping and a full-body workout zone.

The 4-miler is sponsored by the Oxford Athletic Club, a fitness center in Pine. Staff members from Oxford and P3R demonstrated several of the obstacles — including box jumps, chin-up hangs and a kettle bell race — during a kick-off event Wednesday, .

Registration is now open for the event, which will take place during the marathon on May 5, on the last four miles of the course.

The current registration price is $54.99 and capacity is limited to 500 participants.

“We are thrilled about the expansion of race weekend to offer an exciting challenge for those who want to test their fitness and move with us in a different way,” said Schooley in a Wednesday news release. “The Oxford Athletic Club Pittsburgh 4-mile Fitness Challenge is not just a race; it’s an adrenaline-pumping adventure, a test of full-body endurance and a celebration of pushing boundaries.”

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