Essential Pittsburgh
4:26 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

2nd Annual City Spree is Adding More Fun and Places to Play in Pittsburgh

Runners participating in last year's City Spree had a great time exploring the city while getting points at each checkpoint.
Runners participating in last year's City Spree had a great time exploring the city while getting points at each checkpoint.
Credit The City Spree 2014 - 5K No Course / Facebook

The second annual City Spree takes place this Sunday. Markers are set all over the city so that participants may run in whatever direction they choose for as long as they want. The race is sponsored by Growth, Technology, Energy and Community Health (GTECH).

Adam Nelson, Director City of Play and Sarah Innamorato, communications specialist for GTECH were the event organizers this year.

Nelson described City Spree as a race that starts with all of the participants in the middle of the race course.

"There are checkpoints on all sides surrounding them, all the way out to a 5 k distance, and runners can run to any number of checkpoints they want," he explained. "If they run to (checkpoint) 6, they run at least a 5K. If they run to 13, they run a 10K.  And the object of the race is to encourage people to explore parts of the city that they haven't been to before, that they may have felt uncomfortable going to, they may have been unfamiliar with, and to do so in a fun way and an engaging way."

The funds for this year's City Spree support a new project with GTECH called Community Lawns, where vacant spaces in the city will be turned into areas for grownups and kids to come together to play.