Pittsburgh Marathon

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The Great Race will sprint through lower Pittsburgh for its 38th year on Sunday, drawing thousands of runners and walkers from western Pennsylvania and abroad.  

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This Saturday is the Pittsburgh marathon. In addition to thousands of adults running and walking many children will be running their “final mile” as part of the 2015 Kids of Steel Program. Promoting healthy exercise and nutrition habits in younger runners are Patrice Matamoros, CEO of the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, and Michele Nichols, program director for Kids of Steel. (Starts at 20:20)

Matamoros explains that Kids of Steel grew out of the Pittsburgh Marathon's desire to see kids grow up with an early discovery of running as a sport:

"The American Medical Association was starting to say that kids of this generation were going to have a shorter life span than their parents...We certainly didn't want to leave them out and watch their parents and their guardians getting healthier and watching the kids' health not making improvements." -Patrice Matamoros

Also on the program, Dr. Ron Roth, Pittsburgh Marathon medical director and emergency medicine physician joins Dr. Kelley Anderson, overseer of elite runners, to instruct marathon runners on how to stay healthy in Sunday's predicted high heat. Emily Gordon is a biochemistry major at UCLA who won her very first marathon and has already qualified for the 2016 Olympic trials. 

It's A Marathon, Not A Sprint: Social Club, May 1

Apr 30, 2015

Running the marathon on Sunday? Cheering from the sidelines? Don’t worry – there’s fun to be had, no matter what speed you’re going this weekend.  

On Friday, Wigle Whiskey kicks off the opening of their Barrel House in the North Side with their Barrel Roll event, starting at 5 PM. On Saturday, Wigle will host a Derby Party; complete with a best dressed and best hat contest, telecast of the Kentucky Derby, and mint juleps.

On Saturday, East End Brewing will host Crafts and Drafts from noon to 5 PM. Guests can enjoy fare from food trucks, a shopping market of 12 artists’ wares, a crafting station from Girls Rock! Pittsburgh, and more.

On Friday and Saturday, the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo will be held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, and is free and open to the public.

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On Sunday 30,000 runners will take the streets of Pittsburgh for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, Fed Ex Ground Marathon Relay, while even more people line the course to cheer them on.

More than 1,200 athletes are expected to bike, swim and run around the North Shore this weekend in the 17th annual Pittsburgh Triathlon. This year, organizers are paying special attention to making sure the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers are safe for swimmers.

The event begins Saturday at 6:45 a.m. with a sprint race, which features shorter distances than traditional triathlons. There will also be an “Adventure Race,” in which competitors will substitute canoeing or kayaking for the swim portion of the triathlon. The classic triathlon will take place Sunday.

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.

Pittsburgh Marathon CEO Patrice Matamoros says security precautions will be similar to those put in place last year after the bombings in Boston.

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With 30,000 runners and more charities than ever before the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and its organizers are fully prepared for the race this Sunday.

Race Director Patrice Matamoros said this year there are a few additions to this year’s marathon, including the starting line. 

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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:

Start Your Engines: 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 marathon's website

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For the thousands of people who have been training for the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, the proper foods can make all the difference when it comes to race day performance. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette food writer Gretchen McKay has been training for the event and has written a series of articles on marathon meal ideas.

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.

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.

“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.”

Sports Talk with Bob Dvorchak

May 6, 2013
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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Sportswriter Emeritus Bob Dvorchak 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.

5 Things to Know for the Pittsburgh Marathon

May 2, 2013
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Some 30,000 runners are expected to hit the streets in the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon 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:

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.

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.

Tightening Security for the Pittsburgh Marathon

Apr 30, 2013
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  Less than three weeks after the Boston Marathon bombing, Pittsburgh will stage its own annual 26.2 mile event. While Pittsburgh Marathon officials say security has been beefed up since a bomb scare during the 2010 race, Public Safety Director Michael Huss joins us to discuss other plans in the works to secure the event and what racers and spectators can expect on May 5th.

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In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, cities across the U.S., including Pittsburgh, are taking a hard look at security for marathons.

City officials said Thursday that the security plan for the Pittsburgh Marathon, scheduled for May 5, is ever-evolving. One certainty is that spectators and runners will see more uniformed officers patrolling.

Pittsburgh Marathon to Show Support For Boston

Apr 22, 2013

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.

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 One Fund Boston at the conclusion of each respective race weekend.

As far as security at the Pittsburgh event, race director Patrice Matamoros said they are prepared.

Pittsburgher Karen Harr finished the Boston Marathon Monday well before the explosions that killed three and injured more than 170 people.

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.

Harr wasn't hurt, but she said the experience will not prompt her to hang up her running shoes. 

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. 

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.