Pittsburgh Marathon http://wesa.fm en More Than 30,000 Expected To Take Part In Pittsburgh Marathon http://wesa.fm/post/more-30000-expected-take-part-pittsburgh-marathon <p>More than 30,000 participants will take to the streets of Pittsburgh this Sunday for the annual Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon. The city-wide event features a kids marathon, a pet walk, a 5K run, half-marathon, marathon relay, and full marathon along with more than 100 entertainment acts going on all weekend.</p><p>Pittsburgh Marathon CEO Patrice Matamoros says security precautions will be similar to those put in place last year after the bombings in Boston.</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 07:30:00 +0000 Haldan Kirsch 28399 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Marathon Runners Can Expect a 26.2 Mile-Long Festival http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-marathon-runners-can-expect-262-mile-long-festival <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With 30,000 runners and more charities than ever before the <a href="http://www.pittsburghmarathon.com/">Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon</a> and its organizers are fully prepared for the race this Sunday. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Race Director Patrice </span>Matamoros<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said this year there are a few additions to this year’s marathon, including the starting line.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 21:36:59 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28531 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Marathon Runners Can Expect a 26.2 Mile-Long Festival What To Know About This Weekend's Pittsburgh Marathon http://wesa.fm/post/what-know-about-weekends-pittsburgh-marathon <p>This weekend, more than 30,000 people are expected to participate in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. For those planning on running, watching or trying to move about the city, here’s what you need to know:</p><p><strong>Start Your Engines</strong>: The marathon kicks off at 7 a.m. Sunday, moving through the North Shore, Shadyside, Oakland, South Side, Bloomfield and more before ending downtown. You can find a map of the route at the <a href="http://www.pittsburghmarathon.com/">marathon's website</a>.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 01 May 2014 15:56:18 +0000 Reid Carter 28467 at http://wesa.fm What To Know About This Weekend's Pittsburgh Marathon Fueling Up for the Pittsburgh Marathon with Food Writer Gretchen McKay http://wesa.fm/post/fueling-pittsburgh-marathon-food-writer-gretchen-mckay <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">For the thousands of people who have been training for the <a href="http://www.pittsburghmarathon.com/">Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon</a>, the proper foods can make all the difference when it comes to race day performance. <a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/life/food">Pittsburgh Post-Gazette food</a> writer Gretchen McKay has been training for the event and has written a series of articles on marathon meal ideas. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">She’s been tracking her nutrition in a food diary and says as race day approaches, she's eating plenty of pasta and whole-grain foods. She says carbs and protein are especially important because they help repair muscles torn while running.</span></p><p> Tue, 29 Apr 2014 21:20:37 +0000 Essential Pittsburgh 28394 at http://wesa.fm Fueling Up for the Pittsburgh Marathon with Food Writer Gretchen McKay Pittsburgh Marathon Announces 10-Miler http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-marathon-announces-10-miler <p>Have 10Ks stopped challenging you, but you aren’t ready to take on a half-marathon yet? The Pittsburgh Marathon wants you to lace up your tennis shoes for its very first “Pittsburgh 10 Miler” this fall.</p><p>“The race will be for avid runners," Executive Director Patrice Matamoros said. "Some beginner runners will probably make this their goal, but we always advice to get on a training program. But it should be young and old. In this distance, you can see a wide array of different abilities and different ages.”</p> Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:01:36 +0000 Jessica Nath 12141 at http://wesa.fm Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak http://wesa.fm/post/sports-talk-bob-dvorchak-0 <p>Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus <strong><a href="http://bobdvorchak.com/sports-n-at/">Bob Dvorchak</a></strong> looks at how the running of the Pittsburgh Marathon came off, Sidney Crosby's return to the ice and whether the NHL should look at making face shields mandatory. Also, the impact of Jason Collins coming out. Mon, 06 May 2013 13:15:25 +0000 Heather McClain 9048 at http://wesa.fm Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak 5 Things to Know for the Pittsburgh Marathon http://wesa.fm/post/5-things-know-pittsburgh-marathon <p>Some 30,000 runners are expected to hit the streets in the <a href="http://www.pittsburghmarathon.com/">Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon</a> on Sunday. Whether you're a runner, a spectator or just someone who needs to navigate the city this weekend, here's some key things to know:</p> Thu, 02 May 2013 20:43:41 +0000 Ryan Loew 8884 at http://wesa.fm 5 Things to Know for the Pittsburgh Marathon Pittsburgh Marathon Medics Prepared For Not Just Sprains, But Trauma Too http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-marathon-medics-prepared-not-just-sprains-trauma-too <p>Medical professionals usually expect heat-related injuries, heart problems or sprains at the Pittsburgh Marathon. But following the bombings at the Boston Marathon, plans have been made for more extensive medical care.</p><p>There will be 400 medical professional volunteers from UPMC, including physicians, nurses and athletic trainers, on hand. That's about a hundred more than last year.</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 19:57:45 +0000 Erika Beras 8828 at http://wesa.fm Tightening Security for the Pittsburgh Marathon http://wesa.fm/post/tightening-security-pittsburgh-marathon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Less than three weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, Pittsburgh will stage its own annual 26.2 mile event. While </span><a href="http://www.pittsburghmarathon.com/" style="line-height: 1.5;">Pittsburgh Marathon</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> officials say security has been beefed up since a bomb scare during the 2010 race, Public Safety Director </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;"><strong>Michael Huss</strong></em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> joins us to discuss other </span><a href="http://www.post-gazette.com/stories/local/neighborhoods-city/marathon-leaders-work-with-pittsburgh-police-to-tighten-security-685111/#ixzz2RzT2lXT5" style="line-height: 1.5;">plans in the works</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to secure the event and what racers and spectators can expect on May </span>5th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">.</span></p><p> Tue, 30 Apr 2013 23:55:44 +0000 Heather McClain 8782 at http://wesa.fm Tightening Security for the Pittsburgh Marathon Officials Discuss New Security Measures, Cost Concerns for Pittsburgh Marathon http://wesa.fm/post/officials-discuss-new-security-measures-cost-concerns-pittsburgh-marathon <p></p><p>In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, cities across the U.S., including Pittsburgh, are taking a hard look at security for marathons.</p><p>City officials said Thursday that the security plan for the <a href="http://www.pittsburghmarathon.com/">Pittsburgh Marathon</a>, scheduled for May 5, is ever-evolving. One certainty is that spectators and runners will see more uniformed officers patrolling.</p> Thu, 25 Apr 2013 18:04:19 +0000 Deanna Garcia 8475 at http://wesa.fm Officials Discuss New Security Measures, Cost Concerns for Pittsburgh Marathon Pittsburgh Marathon to Show Support For Boston http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-marathon-show-support-boston <p>Race directors from the Pittsburgh, Cincinnati and Cleveland marathons – all held in May – have joined forces to provide an opportunity for their runners to help the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.</p><p>Each race will have blue wristbands inscribed with “Boston Strong.” People can purchase the bands for any donation, and all of the money will be sent directly to <a href="http://www.onefundboston.org">One Fund Boston</a> at the conclusion of each respective race weekend.</p><p>As far as security at the Pittsburgh event, race director Patrice Matamoros said they are prepared.</p> Mon, 22 Apr 2013 21:24:12 +0000 Nick Jovonovich 8286 at http://wesa.fm Pittsburgh Runners Say They're Not Deterred by Boston Bombings http://wesa.fm/post/pittsburgh-runners-say-theyre-not-deterred-boston-bombings <p>Pittsburgher Karen Harr finished the Boston Marathon Monday well before the explosions that killed three and injured more than 170 people.</p><p>She could have been back at the hospitality suite in the hotel where she was staying, but a decision to head back to the medical tent to get a dose of asthma medicine put her just yards away from the blast.</p><p>Harr wasn't hurt, but she said the experience will not prompt her to hang up her running shoes.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 20:44:20 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 7969 at http://wesa.fm 2010 Microwave Incident Helped Prepare Pittsburgh Marathon for Emergencies http://wesa.fm/post/2010-microwave-incident-helped-prepare-pittsburgh-marathon-emergencies <p>Marathon organizers across the country are examining how they can better prepare their races for an incident like the one seen this week in Boston, but much of the ground work for such a discussion was already laid in Pittsburgh following a scare at the 2010 race.&nbsp;</p><p>Not long after the Pittsburgh race started that year, an abandoned microwave oven was found near the finish line, and organizers and police had to spring into action.</p> Tue, 16 Apr 2013 18:59:08 +0000 Mark Nootbaar 7955 at http://wesa.fm