What is the Pirates Charities Family Walk?
Fans attending this second-annual event will enjoy a leisurely stroll through PNC Park, finishing on the field by crossing home plate. Following the roughly two-mile walk, participants will have the opportunity to enjoy a post-walk Carnival on PNC Park’s Highmark Riverwalk. The Carnival will feature fun, family-friendly activities and games and offer food for all guests. The full event is expected to last 3 hours.
Where do proceeds from the event go?
Funds raised from the Family Walk will support Pirates Charities and Allegheny Heath Network’s Chill Mobile Program. Chill Mobile is a retrofitted RV which offers students across the Pittsburgh region a calming space where they can learn evidence-based coping skills and participate in practical and interactive experiences, with the goal of not only improving individual mental health, but of extending the conversation into the larger community and reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and wellness. This 33-foot mobile mental health unit along with Allegheny Health Network mental health professionals will deploy to schools throughout the region allowing students the opportunity to practice mindfulness skills through virtual, interactive experiences while providing teachers and educators tools to continue putting mental wellness practices to work in their school community. Learn more about Chill Mobile here.
Will there be a Pirates Charities 5k/10k?
Since 2022, we’ve replaced the Pirates Charities 5k/10k with a Family Walk. Our hope is that a walk is more inclusive and allows more of our fans of all ages and abilities to enjoy a unique experience here at PNC Park.
Will you be keeping times?
No, this walk is meant to be leisurely and promote mental health and wellness. There is no competitive aspect to the walk this season.
Will strollers be permitted at the Family Walk?
Of course! Children in strollers will be free of charge and the entire walk route will be accessible to allow for an easy stroll for families with young children.
Will dogs be permitted at the Family Walk?
Not this season, but as always, PNC Park will be accessible to service animals.
What time does the walk start?
9am EDT. All participants will be asked to gather at the Mazeroski Way cul-de-sac near the Bill Mazeroski statue for the start of the walk by 8:45am EDT.
Will restrooms be available at the walk?
Portable restrooms will be available for participants in the cul-de-sac prior to the walk. Once the event begins, restrooms along the Highmark Riverwalk will be open to registrants to use as needed.
Are there prizes for walkers at this season’s event?
No prizes this season. Every registrant is a champion in mental health!
Can I volunteer for this event?
If you’re interested in volunteering, please email the Pirates at [email protected].
Will Pirates players and coaches be at the walk?
All participants will have the chance to interact with some players and coaches as part of the event experience.
Can I take pictures during the walk?
Yes! Pictures will be encouraged. Please tag @BucsCommunity on Twitter and use our event hashtag #PCFamilyWalk
What if I get injured during the walk?
The Pirates will have medical staff on-site to address any medical emergencies or needs throughout the event.
What if it rains?
We will hold this event rain or shine, but if weather becomes a danger, we will unfortunately have to cancel the event. Refunds will not be issued, but you will still be eligible to redeem your voucher for two free Pirates tickets and, if you’re one of the first 2,000 to register, your commemorative race t-shirt. Those items will be held for you at PNC Park through May 25.