Defending race champions will be seeking repeats against top international fields at the 9th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, set for Sunday, May 7. The year’s event features a $132,000 prize purse, including $40,500 American Development Program bonuses.
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.
P3R announced today that the Run for a Reason Charity Program presented by Bank of America surpassed the $10 million fundraising mark since its inception in 2009. Each year the program inspires runners to run for a greater good while raising funds for a cause close to their hearts. This year alone charity runners participating in the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon event are expected to raise more than $1.5 million for 110 local and national charities.
Top American marathoners Nick Arciniaga, Ben Bruce and Craig Leon lead the U.S. contingent for the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon set for Sunday morning, May 7 in the Steel City.
P3R has announced the 2017 Kids of STEEL Physical Education Grants recipients. This year the following Kids of STEEL sites will be awarded a $1,000 grant: Bradford Woods Elementary (North Allegheny), Cecil Intermediate School (Canon-McMillan), Curtisville Primary Center (Deer Lakes), Jefferson Elementary (West Jefferson Hills) and St. Bernard School (Diocese of Pittsburgh). The schools will be recognized at the Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon on Saturday, May 6.
The UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, part of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events, has been selected as the USATF Half Marathon Championships for men & women in 2018 and 2019 by USA Track & Field, the national governing body.
Before Craig Leon competes for a podium finish at the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, he will correspond with students from Chartiers Valley Intermediate School (Chartiers Valley School District) and The Open Door, a youth outreach center in Pittsburgh’s West End. The students, who are participating in the award-winning Kids of STEEL program, are training for the Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon on Sat., May 6.
P3R, Pittsburgh’s premier race organization, has announced a partnership extension with Pittsburgh-based UPMC Health Plan. The three year deal names UPMC Health Plan as the official health insurance provider of P3R’s year-round calendar of events, including the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, GNC Live Well Liberty Mile, Pittsburgh Triathlon & Adventure Race and FlyBy 5K.
P3R and the Pittsburgh Marathon Hall of Fame Committee have announced the 9th class of inductees into the Pittsburgh Marathon Hall of Fame. The 2017 inductees include Sam Bair, Terry McCluskey, Dr. Ron Roth and Alice Thurau. The 2017 induction ceremony will occur during the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events.
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.