Comcast Business Helps the Pittsburgh Marathon Run Seamless Event, From the Starting Line Through to the Last Mile

Annual Foot Race Ensures Safety, Security and Success with Ethernet Dedicated Internet From Comcast Business

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Yearly Marathon Brings Athletes and Fans to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

The Pittsburgh Marathon is an annual race held on the first Sunday in May in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Originally founded in 1985, the marathon was revived in 2009 after a several year hiatus due to city finances. Today, the marathon serves as the finale to a weekend of activities that includes a kid’s race, a 5K race, a pet walk, a toddler trot, a marathon, half marathon and a marathon relay. All told, the festivities draw more than 40,000 participants to the downtown Pittsburgh area throughout the weekend.  

Extensive Bandwidth Required to Fuel Marathon Safety and Security Services  
Executing a successful marathon requires immense preparation, coordination and connectivity. Organizers have to arrange for closed roadways, an influx of spectators in a small area and the safety of both viewers and runners. The Pittsburgh Marathon has a staff of close to 100 volunteers and employees that work to put on the weekend-long event. The entire group stays connected via a pop-up operations headquarters that houses event staff, the City of Pittsburgh’s emergency management teams and Allegheny County’s emergency management 911 center. Co-housing of the three organizations in one operations space allows for tighter, more aligned management of the entire event, as well as quick response time in the case of an emergency.

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