road race

3:35 pm
Thu September 26, 2013

5 Things To Know About The Great Race This Weekend

The 36th annual Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race will have runners and walkers streaming from Frick Park into downtown on Sunday. If you’re going to be in the neighborhood or racing, here are some things you should know coming into the weekend.

1) Registration is Full

This year there will be 15,500 runners and walkers participating in the race, reaching the cap organizers have set and making it the largest field for The Great Race. Also taking to the starting line will be 24 “perfect runners,” people who have ran all of the 35 past races.

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Essential Pittsburgh
2:24 pm
Mon August 19, 2013

Driving a Banger from the Big Apple to the Big Easy

Shauna Yorty and Eli Mailey with their Uber Banger car
Credit Slyorty

From the Big Apple to the Big Easy, known by the acronym BABE, decorated “bangers” or junk cars, drive  from New York to New Orleans. The concept originated from similar rallies driven by junkie cars in Europe.

Shauna Yorty and Eli Mailey's banger is a 1982 VW Quantum that runs on vegetable oil. The Harrisburg couple can recall goofy stories and quirks about the rally over the past four years. Mailey converted his diesel car to run on vegetable oil with the help of a home conversion kit.

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