November 22 2017
Writer John Pinder shares the story of his peaceful Thanksgiving run through Adirondack Park.
The name for a Halloween-themed race with a ton of incline can’t get much better than “Hell on Hills.” Lucky for runners (is luck the right word?), this race exists–and it sure sounds tough. For the second year in a row, an estimated 200 runners will participate in a 5K that winds along roads with some of the sharpest inclines in Pittsburgh, Pa. (including the second steepest road in the world). The race itself actually starts with Canton Avenue, the road with the steepest incline officially recorded in the entire U.S.
Scheduled to begin tomorrow at 8 a.m., locals who love dressing up for races will be psyched to participate in this holiday race–even if it is significantly more difficult than traditional Halloween runs. After climbing the first 20 percent incline of Canton Avenue, participants will jog, walk or zombie-crawl four additional hills and, fittingly, will pass through a cemetery, as well.
Race organizers have already expressed interest in continuing the tradition with a third annual Hell on Hills in 2018. In the meantime, Pittsburgh-based runners interested in participating can still register for this year’s race. For those that call other cities home, we’ve rounded up a list of five other Halloween-themed races taking place this weekend.