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The 35th Annual
Brookline Breeze will be held
Saturday, August 13, 2016
Where: Brookline Memorial Recreation
Center (1399 Oakridge Street, Pittsburgh PA), located in Brookline Park
near the 1400 block of Brookline Boulevard, 2.5 miles south of the Liberty
Google Map to Brookline Park
The Brookline Breeze is a challenging
5K fitness run/walk on the rolling hills of Brookline, a neighborhood located
in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The 5K course takes
runners and walkers from Brookline Memorial Park to the city border with
Dormont and back again. The 3.1 mile route follows Brookline Boulevard to
Pioneer Avenue, then turns left and proceeds to a turn-around near West
Liberty Avenue, then back again.
Breeze Day fun begins at 7:00am with
package pickup and pre-race registrations. A live band will take the stage
at 8:00am. The first event of the morning is the One-Mile Mini-Breeze for the
young ones, followed by the One-mile Dog Walk. The Mini-Breeze course is laid
out around the perimeter of Brookline Park. Then, at 9:00am, it's time for the
main event, the 5K run/walk.
The Brookline Breeze 5K race, which
attracts top athletes from around the Tri-State area, along with hundreds of
local runners, is sanctioned by the USATF (Three Rivers). Event timing is provided by Runners High.
Friday Night Car Cruise And Breeze Day Festivities
Package pickup and late registration
are available the evening before the race beginning at 6:00pm. During this
time, the Brookline Recreation Center will host the Annual Breeze Week Car
Cruise. The lower parking lot will be alive with vintage car enthusiasts.
Participants and event-goers can pick up their packs and enjoy a fine
selection of classic vehicles.
Pickup and registration continue the
following morning on race day before the start of the events. Water Stops will
be located along the course and there will be plenty of refreshments available
for all participants near the finish line.
As the race results are confirmed, Brookline's
own "The Wurms" will play live music and the Citiparks Roving Art Cart will be on
site with kids crafts. An awards presentation and gift raffle follow the race,
with the grand prize being a pair of tickets for an upcoming Pittsburgh Steelers
Beginning at noon, the Brookline Boulevard
Breezefest and Community Festival will take place along the boulevard commercial
district, just minutes from the park. The Breezefest will feature a merchant
sidewalk sale, live music, informational booths and a wide array of children's
activities, including an inflatable Moon Bounce and Slide, a balloon artist, face
painter and much more.
The Brookline Breeze offers something
for all ages to enjoy. Come celebrate physical fitness, and the character and
charm of the community of Brookline on Saturday, August 13, 2016. Race proceeds
benefit the Brookline Area Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Brookline Area
Recreation Programs, and Saint John Bosco Academy School (formerly Brookline
Brookline Breeze Tradition
The Brookline Breeze began in 1982, when
three local fitness enthusiasts (Jim Turcol, Mike Radley and Danny O'Brien) had
an idea to start a running event encouraging healthy living and promoting the
community of Brookline. Over the past three decades, the Brookline Breeze has
evolved into one of the signature events on the yearly Pittsburgh Citiparks
Dan O'Brien fires the starter's pistol
at the inaugural Brookline Breeze on September 3, 1982.
The innaugural Breeze winners were Bruce
Kemmerer and Susan Gailey. Six-time winner Barry Harwick set the 5K course record
with a time of 14:56 in 1987, a mark that has stood for a quarter century. The
women's course record is held by Karen Koehler, who clocked in at 17:26 in 1989.
Six women have repeated as top female runner, with Chris Scarvelis and Ann Mazur
topping that list as four-time winners.
For a look back at the history and
tradition of the Brookline Breeze, including a list of past champions
(1982-2015), complete race results (1996-2015), photos and more, visit:
Brookline Breeze History
31st Annual Breeze Video Presentation - 2012 - "Running On Empty"
(courtesy of Doug Brendel)
The Brookline Breeze on Facebook
Runners and Walkers can
register online or complete a printed application.
Online registrants will be recorded automatically and entered into the event
of their choice.
Complete Online Registration
Download Printable PDF Individual Registration Form
Download Printable PDF Family Entry Form
Download Printable PDF Team Entry Form
* Scroll Down For Family Discount and Youth Challenge Information *
Mail-in registrants should
download the application, then mail the completed
form along with a check or money order made payable to "The Brookline Breeze"
PO Box 9695
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
Walk-in registrants should
download the application, then bring the completed form, along with a
check or money order made payable to "The Brookline Breeze," to the
Brookline Recreation Center prior
to race day, or present the completed form and payment at the registration table
the day of the race.
Dollar Bank Family Discount
and Team Competition
We encourage families to take advantage
of the Dollar Bank Family Discount. Up to five runners or walkers (from the same
home address) can register for $50. A family can enter as a group online and
receive the discount, or they can submit, via mail or in person, a Family Entry
Form in addition to their individual registration forms to take advantage of the
savings. It's a great way to get the entire family involved!
The Brookline Breeze also features
the Dollar Bank Team Challenge. Up to five runners (must all be in the same age
group) are eligible to complete. Team registration forms are not currently
offered online. Teams must submit, via mail or in person, a team entry form
and proof of registration in order to enter the Team Challenge. There is an
additional $10 one-time charge for each team entry.
Highmark Youth Challenge
The "On Your Mark With Highmark Youth Challenge"
is a popular program that encourages children to take part in community footraces by
either running or walking the 5K distance. Each child age 6 to 12* who completes one
Citiparks community footrace, or each youth age 13 to 18* who completes two (2)
Citiparks community footraces will receive free registration to The Great Race 5K.
After completing The Great Race, each youth receives a certificate recognizing the
achievement. *Age as of June 1, 2016.
Registrants can pick up
their 2016 Brookline Breeze race packs and short-sleeved tech-style commemorative
available at the Brookline Recreation Center (1399 Oakridge Street, Pittsburgh PA),
during the following times:
Friday, August 12 from
Saturday, August 13 beginning at 7:00am.
One Mile Mini-Breeze and
One-Mile Dog Walk
Registration for the One Mile Mini-Breeze
fun run is the same as 5K runners and walkers. You can register online, mail in
the application, or sign up the day of the race. Online registrants, under the age
of 18, must be entered along an adult who participates in one of the available
events, in order to have the corresponding indemnification waiver accepted. Mail-in
registrations or walk-in race day registrants, under the age of 18, must have a
parent/guardian's signature on the form.
To participate in the One-Mile Dog Walk,
animals must be registered along with a participating adult, and must be leashed.
Adult must be registered as a Mini-Breeze participant. The Dog Walk will start
three minutes after the runners begin the Mini-Breeze. There can be no interaction
between the Mini-Breeze runners and the Dog Walk participants. All registered dogs
will receive a commemorative Brookline Breeze bandana.
Brookline Breeze Event Fees
5K Run: $20.00
5K Walk: $15.00
1-Mile Mini-Breeze: $10.00
Additional Dog: $10.00
Early registrations must be
postmarked by 7/28/16.
Late Registration Fees
5K Run/Walk - add $5.00; Mini-Breeze/Dog Walk - add $3.00
Participants who wish to bring their
dogs along for the One-Mile Dog Walk must register as individuals in the
Mini-Breeze and also register their dog. All dogs must be on a leash. There
are no dogs allowed on the 5K course.
Registered participants will receive
a commemorative Breeze shirt and a runners race packet (Shirt sizes are not
guaranteed to day-of-race registrants). Registered dogs will receive a
commemorative Breeze Bandana.
Note: There are no individual or
team prizes awarded for the 5K Walk, One-Mile Mini-Breeze or One-Mile Dog
are presented to the Top Five Male and Female Winners.
Awards are presented to the Top Three finishers in each age group.
Dollar Bank Team Challenge
Teams of three to five
runners can compete in one of the three competitive categories.
Each competing team's score will be based on the three lowest overall times.
The team with the lowest combined finishing score wins the category.
5K Fitness Walk and Mini-Breeze
The 5K Fitness Walk and
Mini-Breeze are open to participants of all ages.
One Mile Mini-Breeze
One-Mile Dog Walk
Brookline Breeze 5K Course Map
Brookline Mini-Breeze Course Map
(Click on Maps to Enlarge)
Brookline Breeze Contacts
PO Box 9695
Pittsburgh, PA 15226
For all other
questions or concerns please contact
the Brookline Recreation Center at 412-571-3222.
Jon Coyne and Debbie Brust
The Brookline Breeze on Facebook