Pittsburgh refuses permit for ‘Rock’ half marathon

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pittsburgh will not host the Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on Aug. 4 because of safety concerns about overheated runners.

The race was one of 26 scheduled in the United States and Canada this year by Competitors Group Inc. The San Diego firm first promoted a race in that city in 1998, and the events include rock bands performing along the race route.

But city officials say they don’t believe Aug. 4 is an acceptable date. Public Safety Director Michael Huss says the city’s medical responders were pushed to the limit when last year’s Pittsburgh Marathon — which is held in May — was run in unseasonably warm temperatures.

The race group wanted to move the race to September, but the city says that conflicts with the Great Race on Sept. 29.

Organizers say they’ll try again next year.

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