Overall Prize Money for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Increases to More than $80,000
Dick’s Sporting Goods Offers $10,000 Race Record Bonus for the Marathon
Posted Monday, 6 February, 2012
PITTSBURGH, PA - As a commitment to continuing to attract elite and up-and-coming runners, the organizers of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon have significantly increased the prize purse to more than $80,000 for the Sunday, May 6, 2012 event. In addition to the prize money, title sponsor Dick’s Sporting Goods will offer a $10,000 for the first person to break the course record for the Marathon.
Winning male and female marathon runners will be awarded $8000 for the Marathon, up from $6500 and $5000 for the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, up from $2500.
“Now with increased excitement for long-distance running during an Olympic year, we have decided it is a good time to invest in our elite athlete program,” said Patrice Matamoros, race director of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. “The prize money is a commitment to the sport of long-distance running, and will establish the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon as a top destination for all athletes, including the world’s finest long-distance runners.”
Prize money for the Marathon, which has increased by more than 50 percent from 2011, will be awarded to the top men and women in the following categories:
- US Residents
- PA Residents
- Pittsburgh Residents
- Wheelchair Competitors
The men's race record is 2:10:24, set by John Kagwe in 1995. The women's race record is 2:29:50, set by Margaret Groos in 1988.
The first five placeholders will be awarded in the Marathon, and the first five placeholders will be awarded in the Half Marathon. Two additional prize categories for the Marathon were added this year. The top 5 U.S. residents under 2:30 for the men and under 2:55 for the women will receive prize money. The top Pittsburgh resident for the men and women also will receive prize money.
“The increase in prize money will attract even more deep, talented field of elite runners in both the Marathon and Half Marathon,” said Patrice Matamoros, race director of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. “This added incentive should create a very exciting race for spectators.”
More than 25,000 participants are expected to participate in race weekend, which includes the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Pittsburgh Marathon, FedEx Ground Pittsburgh Marathon Relay, UPMC Sports Medicine/ UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh 5K Run and Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon.
The USATF-sanctioned event and Boston-qualifier features an exciting course with a surprisingly moderate incline for a city that is known for its hills. Runners will see various highlights of the City of Bridges, including the Strip District, East Carson Street in Pittsburgh's South Side, University of Pittsburgh, and Pittsburgh’s own Little Italy.
For more information, including elite runner registration and the prizepurse breakdown, go to: www.pittsburghmarathon.com