PITTSBURGH - Online registration for the 2018 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events will open on Tuesday, August 1 at 9:00 a.m. EST. This year the race will celebrate its 10th anniversary with an opening week registration event Aug. 1-4 that includes the lowest prices of the season, special deals and sponsor giveaways. More than 40,000 runners of all ages are expected to register for the event weekend, scheduled for May 4-6, 2018.
At the 9th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, tens of thousands of runners crossed the finish line, making the May 6 - 7, 2017 weekend of events the most successful to-date. More than 40,000 runners signed up for the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay, UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, Sheetz Toddler Trot and the Rachael Ray Nutrish Pittsburgh Pet Walk.
PNC Bank will once again serve as presenting sponsor of the Handcycle portion of the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. In this year’s Handcycle Division, 23 athletes, including six members from the Paralyzed Veterans’ Racing Team, will compete.
This year DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon runners will experience a new and improved course. The new route, which changed due to construction, will showcase a scenic tour of The City of Champions. On Sunday, May 7, runners will cross all three of Pittsburgh’s rivers, travel through 14 neighborhoods and pass by several of Pittsburgh landmarks including PNC Park, Heinz Field and The National Aviary.
P3R announced today that Rachael Ray™ Nutrish®, a line of super premium food and treats for dogs and cats manufactured by Western Pennsylvania based company, Ainsworth Pet Nutrition, will sponsor the 2017 Pittsburgh Pet Walk, part of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events.
The 8th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend on April 29-May 1 spanned multiple generations, with runners as young as two-years-old and as old as 86 crossing the finish line. This year’s event attracted a record number of participants for Saturday’s races, including the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run, Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon and Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot. This year’s race also celebrated Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial Celebration and showcased the city to runners from 49 states and 20 countries.
After a brief period of rain, cloudy and cool temperatures prevailed at the 8th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday morning as Kenya’s Kipkoech Ruto took the Men’s title in 2 hours, 17 minutes, 27 seconds, while Ethopia’s Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo won the women’s race in 2:42:47. In the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon Kenya’s Julius Kogo, the race record holder (1:02:32 in 2013) won the men’s race in 1:03:13, while Ethiopia’s Etaferahu Temesgen won the women’s in 1:13:08. 18,240 marathoners and half-marathoners plus 1,219 FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay teams ran through 13 neighborhoods experiencing more than 80 bands and cheer groups as well as thousands cheering them along to the finish in downtown Pittsburgh
Cool, partly cloudy conditions welcomed a record number of participants on Saturday morning at the UPMC Health Plan / UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K, Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, Sheetz PittsburghToddler Trot and Pittsburgh Pet Walk. More than 14,000 participants ages 1 to 80 hit the streets of the Steel City kicking off the 8th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon race weekend in addition to the thousands of spectators, family and friends.
This year P3R is rolling out the red carpet to runners from across the country to help celebrate Pittsburgh’s Bicentennial Celebration during the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events. In honor of the city’s special event, P3R has selected more than 50 runners from across the United States to represent their state as part of the Runner of Steel Delegate program. During race weekend, VIP runners from 49 states will have the opportunity to experience everything Pittsburgh has to offer.
Deep international fields are expected in both the men’s and women’s race for the 8th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, set for Sunday, May 1. Stephen Njoroge of Kenya will return to defend his title in the Steel City after winning last year’s race in 2 hours, 15 minutes and 19 seconds. Ethiopians Alem Kifle and Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo lead the women’s race with personal bests of 2:30:13 and 2:33:51, respectively.
P3R announced street closures related to the 2016 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events, scheduled for April 29-May 1. The 8th edition of the race will feature more than 35,000 runners from 49 states and more than 20 countries.