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Celebrating #10YearsRunning in Pittsburgh

by Erin Carlin
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In 2018, P3R is thrilled to host the 10th Anniversary of the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. We will be marking #10YearsRunning from now until the weekend of May 4-6, 2018, but that’s not all we will be celebrating. This milestone anniversary gives us a chance to commemorate so much more from the past decade and beyond. 
 
I. Success X10
Running USA named the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon one of the 20 largest marathon and half marathon events in the nation. Even better, the race was rated the eighth best marathon in the world by The Active Times in 2014 and is consistently given a five-star rating by participants on MarathonGuide.com.
 
II. Participation X10
Since its revival in 2009, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events has hosted over 264,500 runners. That is almost the population of Pittsburgh! And we’re expecting more than 40,000 participants in 2018.
 
III. Support X10
More than 4,000 volunteers and 500 clinicians, along with the City Of Pittsburgh police, public works, EMS and city services, help to make race weekend possible every year. Whether assisting at one of many medical stations along the course or handing out some of the 22,000 Eat’N’Park smiley cookies at the finish line, we couldn’t do what we do without their help.
 
IV. Events X10
What began as one race day has grown into a weekend of events for the whole family! While over 21,000 runners tackle the full and half-marathon distances, almost 8,000 kids get involved through the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon or Sheetz Toddler Trot. Even our furry friends don’t feel left out thanks to the Rachael Ray Nutrish Pittsburgh Pet Walk.
V. Health and Fitness X10
Over 65,000 visitors flock to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center each year to check out more than 125 vendors at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo. The free Expo features products, goods, services, entertainment and information on all aspects of health and wellness for people of all ages.
 
VI. Community X10
The 14 official neighborhoods that make up the race course offer a unique snapshot of Pittsburgh - one that runners continue to rave about. The over 300,000 spectators with signs that make you laugh and cry, as well as the more than 100 bands and cheer groups encouraging runners at almost every mile, make for an unforgettable experience.
 
VII. Charity X10 
Thousands of runners continue to fundraise every year through the Run for a Reason Charity Program presented by Bank of America. Since the marathon was reinstated in 2009, runners have raised more than $11 million for more than 100 official and contributing charities! 
 
VIII. Sponsors X10
Title sponsor DICK’S Sporting Goods has supported the race since its return in 2009 and is committed until 2021. Additionally, UPMC has extended its partnership and GNC Live Well has renewed its sponsorship for multiple years, ensuring that the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events will continue to thrive for years to come.
 
IX. Growth X10
Our weekend of events has become a draw for runners from all over, including some of the sport's best competitors. World-class international and American runners, including Olympians and national champions, are expected to turn out in large numbers for our 10th anniversary since the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon will double as the 2018 USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships.
 
X. Amazing X10
The 10th anniversary is right around the corner and we plan to celebrate in big ways throughout the coming year. Whether you’re a part of the passionate running base here in Pittsburgh or coming from out of town, just know that everything will be bigger and better as we commemorate our milestone anniversary. 
 
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events has become one of the fastest growing in the country over the past ten years, but we’re just getting started. We want to see even more people become a #RunnerOfSteel this year and over the next decade. 

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