A few years ago, we banned the wearing of iPods and similar listening devices at Steamtown because we are a USATF-certified event and USATF had banned the use of such devices. However, when USATF ended its ban, we did too. Although you will not be disqualified if you wear a listening device, we nonetheless ask that you refrain from doing so. We do our best to close roads and/or control traffic but there are still spots on our course where you will be running close to moving vehicles. We are very concerned about your safety and we want to make sure you can hear our volunteers and your fellow runners at all times. Therefore, we respectfully request that you leave your iPod home.