The ‘world’s steepest 5k’ was canceled — but Hell on Hills could find new footing in renewed talks with Pittsburgh officials

UPDATE: Registration has reopened — but a new date has yet to be announced.

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Update, 5:15 p.m. Sept. 21

On Thursday afternoon, Hell on Hills race organizer Bethany Ruhe confirmed that her meeting with city officials had taken place at the City-County Building earlier in the day. She described the discussions as “amicable” and productive and said she is “90 percent sure” the race can be rescheduled and held before the end of the year.

Route changes remain a possibility, with the goal of limiting the number of intersections and trolley lines along it, Ruhe added. This would cut down on the number of required public safety officers and, in turn, the associated costs.

Even if the route were tweaked, the race would remain the “world’s steepest 5k,” as the inclusion of Canton Avenue remains, in her words, “a non-negotiable.”

In the meantime, registration has reopened and refunds held, though they can be requested by any runner who’s unable to make the yet-to-be-announced date.

Ruhe also updated runners here: