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.
P3R announced today that registration for the 8th edition of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon has officially sold out. This year’s race weekend, scheduled for April 29-May 1, will feature more than 35,000 runners from 49 states and more than 20 countries.
P3R has announced the 2016 Kids of STEEL Physical Education Grants recipients. This year the following Kids of STEEL sites will be awarded a $1,000 grant: Ingomar Elementary (North Allegheny), Pleasant Valley Elementary (Peters Township), Providence Heights Alpha School, South Fayette Intermediate (South Fayette) and Tenth Street Elementary (Riverview). The schools will be recognized at the Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon on Saturday, April 30.
Serena Burla and Yonas Mebrahtu lead deep women’s and men’s fields in the 2016 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, set for Sunday, May 1. This year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events features a guaranteed $132,000 prize purse, including American bonuses totaling $40,500.
Bank of America will be the presenting sponsor of the Run for a Reason Charity Program at the 2016 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. More than 2,800 charity runners are expected to raise more than $1.5 million for the program this year.
Students at Waynesburg Central Elementary, who are training for the upcoming Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon, have the opportunity to correspond with and be inspired by professional runners as part of the Kids of STEEL program. Professional runner Serena Burla, 2011 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon winner Yihunlish Bekele and Team USA Minnesota member Rob Molke will be the featured athletes participating in the Kids of STEEL Pen Pal Program.