Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot and Rachael Ray Nutrish Pittsburgh Pet Walk also celebrate Saturday’s festivities with an event record of more than 15,000 participants
PITTSBURGH – (May 6, 2017) – Under cool, damp conditions on Saturday morning, the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K, Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot and Rachael Ray Nutrish Pittsburgh Pet Walk opened the 9th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon race weekend with a celebratory atmosphere. An event record of more than 15,000 participants as well as thousands of spectators, family and friends owned the streets of the City of Champions.
“The wet weather did not dampen the energy and family fun at today’s events, which were wonderful celebrations of running, health and fitness for all including man’s best friend,” said Patrice Matamoros, P3R CEO & race director of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.
At the 7th UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K, Bobby Curtis, 32, from Rochester Hills, MI won the men’s race in 15 minutes, 11 seconds to shatter the course record. The previous record was 15:39 by Nick End in 2011. Pittsburgh resident Andrew Bryan finished runner-up in 16:41, while Kevin Cory of Frederick, MD took third in 16:43.
“It’s a really nice course and you get a nice tour of the city. The rain held off so I have no complaints,” said Curtis, a two-time USA Championships runner-up, who spoke at a local school on Friday for the USATF Foundation’s Run with US program.
In the women’s 3.1 mile race, Allison Goldstein, 31, from Jersey City, NJ broke the tape unchallenged for the win, clocking 19:09 followed by Gianna Guerino of Farrell, PA in 19:45. Kayla Keddal, from New York, NY was third (20:11).
“I would take rain and cold over heat any day, and I was really happy about this being the biggest 5K in the history of the Marathon. I ran the marathon in 2009 and it was the first year they brought it back so there was not nearly as many people,” said Goldstein, a Pittsburgh native who came to the event with a friend who is running Sunday’s half-marathon.
For complete 5K results, go to: PittsburghMarathon.com
The Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon started near PNC Park, home of the Pirates, and included 6,500 kids from 150 local schools and 5,000 parents & adults who completed the 1 mile course. Their “last mile” was the part of the Kids of STEEL program that included training over four months up to 25.2 miles.
At the finish line, there were plenty of hugs, high fives from the Penguins’ mascot Iceburgh, laughter, family bonding and fun selfie photo opportunities plus water, food, shiny medals and goodie bags for the kids and their families.
The Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot, at the Eat n’ Park Finish Line Festival held in Point State Park, had five weeks-old to five-years-old and their parents in a fun fitness activity together with many young runners taking home their first finisher medals.
Also at the festival, the Rachael Ray Nutrish Pittsburgh Pet Walk capped the day as humans and their four-legged best friends shared a 3/4 mile course in Point State Park. For the entertaining event, there were award categories for the Cutest Pet, Best Costume and Dog-Owner Look-A Like for the top three with the top dog in each category taking home a year’s supply of Rachael Ray Nutrish pet food. The walk again benefited the Humane Animal Rescue Shelter & Wildlife Center.
Overall, in all four Saturday races, there were more than 15,000 participants (an event record 3,670 registered in the 5K, 6,500 in the kids race including 5,000 adults, 500-plus Toddler Trotters and 200 dogs/owners in the pet walk.
Organized by the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R), the 10th anniversary edition is set for May 5-6, 2018. For more information, go to: PittsburghMarathon.com
About the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Learn more at: P3R.org