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.
At the 9th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon under first overcast and later sunny, cool breezy conditions on Sunday morning, Jacob Chemtai of Kenya and defending champion Ayantu Dakebo Hailemaryam of Ethiopia were the 26.2 mile champions in 2:15:25 and 2:36:20, respectively. In the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon Kenyans Cyrus Korir and Gladys Kipsoi took the titles in 1:04:14 and 1:12:09, respectively.
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.
P3R, Pittsburgh’s premier race organization, is pleased to announce a sponsorship extension with Pittsburgh-based FedEx Ground. The three-year deal renews FedEx Ground’s title sponsorship of the FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay, as well as their sponsorship of the FedEx Ground Gear Check and FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Corporate Challenge at all of P3R’s year-round calendar of events.
P3R, Pittsburgh’s premier race organization, has announced that Michele Fetting and Louis Kushner, each of whom was responsible for bringing back the marathon to Pittsburgh in 2009 and have overseen its growth and success since that time, will each be named “Founding Chairperson Emeritus” in appreciation of their unwavering commitment to the success of P3R and the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.
P3R announced street closures related to the 2017 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events, scheduled for May 5-7. The 9th edition of the race will feature more than 40,000 runners from 49 states and more than 20 countries.
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.