PITTSBURGH - The DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and the Hall of Fame Committee recently announced the 11th class of inductees to the Pittsburgh Marathon Hall of Fame. The 2019 inductees are Nick Costes (deceased), Patrice Matamoros, Steve Taylor and Craig Woshner. This class will be inducted during the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events from May 3-5, 2019.
Nick Costes: Nicholas “Nick” Costes was a distinguished military veteran, educator, coach, family man and pioneer long-distance runner.
Costes was born in Farrell, PA and graduated from Farrell High School. His collegiate career included stints at both Boston College and Slippery Rock University. He had a distinguished military career, serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the U.S. Army from 1951 through 1953. Following his time in the service, he became the first track and cross-country head coach at Troy State University.
His marathon debut was in the 1954 Boston Marathon; with a time of 2:35:17, he placed 9th overall and 2nd American. Using his new training techniques, he was able to improve his time and become the first American runner to break the 2:20 marathon mark. He finished the 1955 Boston Marathon in 2:19:57 and improved upon his time to finish fourth with a time of 2:18:01 the next year. His marathon efforts earned him a spot on the 1956 U.S. Olympic Marathon Team.
During his accomplished running career, he developed interval training techniques for marathon runners and wrote a book on the subject titled Interval Training. He also organized Alabama’s first-ever road race in 1958, was a top age group runner for decades in the southern region and was inducted into the Road Runners Club of America Hall of Fame in 1986. Costes died in Lexington, Kentucky on March 24, 2003 at the age of 76.
Patrice Matamoros: Patrice Matamoros is the current CEO of P3R, one of the nation’s premier endurance event organizers. In 2008, Patrice successfully helped relaunch the Pittsburgh Marathon following a five-year hiatus. Since 2009, the event has grown from an organization with no sponsors, no runners, no staff and no volunteers to an event that now supports more than 50 sponsors, 5,000 volunteers, more than 40,000 runners and 27 staff members.
Patrice was named the 2013 Sportswoman of the Year by Dapper Dan Charities of Pittsburgh for her extraordinary efforts of revamping and strengthening security at the 2013 Pittsburgh Marathon, which took place only three weeks after the tragic bombing event at the 2013 Boston Marathon. Additionally, Patrice received the 2017 Woman of Excellence by WISE Pittsburgh and 2018 Women’s Leadership Award from Running USA.
While her accomplishments and contributions to the running industry and Pittsburgh community are many, Patrice insists it is the P3R team – and everyone else who plays a role in P3R events – who deserve the acknowledgement.
Steve Taylor: While attending Saint Mary’s High, Steve Taylor was named a 1981 and 1982 All-American in Cross Country at the Kinney (now Foot Locker) National Championships. He was also the first high school athlete in West Virginia history to compete in the Penn Relays, winning the 3,000-meter race his senior year.
While at Virginia Tech, Taylor earned All-American honors in both track for the 10,000 meters and cross country in 1987. Additionally, he led the Hokies to a fourth place finish in the NCAA Championships.
At the age of 20, he won the Charleston Distance Classic (15 miles) with at time of 1:16:25. He won again in 1987 with a time of 1:14:31 and in 1989 with a time of 1:15:27. In 1988, he won the TAC (now USATF) 10,000-meter National Track Championship, the RRCA 8K National Championship and the the RRCA 10-mile National Championship. That same year, he also qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials and ran 10,000 meters in 27:59.
In 1989, Taylor set the still-standing national age record for 10 miles with a 47:01 performance at the Cherry Blossom Ten Mile Run. The following year, he ran his half-marathon personal best of 1:02:29 in Toronto and went on to finish the Columbus Marathon in 2:13:56 in his marathon debut. He represented the U.S. at the 1991 World Marathon Cup in London, running 2:14:55 to lead the U.S. team. Later that year, he competed in the World Championships in Tokyo, where he was the second U.S. finisher.
At the 1992 U.S. Marathon Olympic Trials, he finished sixth and became the second alternate (time qualifier) for the Olympic Games. At the 1995 World Marathon Cup, he once again led the U.S. team.
In 1999, he was inducted into both the Virginia Tech Sports Hall of Fame and the Mid-Ohio Valley Sports Hall of Fame. He continues to give back to the sport he loves, and in 2013, he co-founded the Collegiate Running Association. In 2018, Taylor was honored by USA Track and Field with the H. Browning Ross Long Distance Running Merit Award for his contributions and service to the sport of long distance running at the national level.
He has been coaching at the NCAA Division I level since 1991. He is currently the men’s head coach at the University of Richmond, where he and his wife Lori lead the Spiders men’s and women’s cross country and track and field programs and reside with their son, Luke.
Craig Woshner: A graduate of Carrick High School and the University of Pittsburgh, Craig Woshner was a two-time Big East medalist in the 5000 meters and the steeplechase.
After graduating with honors, he ran a 1:05:36 half-marathon in Williamsburg, VA in 1997. He also ran a personal best of 30:07 in the 10,000 meters at the William & Mary Invitational. He placed second at the 1995 Columbus Marathon with a time of 2:18:30. The following year, Woshner placed 14th at the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials in Charlotte with a personal best of 2:16: 41. He also ran in the 2000 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials hosted in Pittsburgh.
Woshner has been faithful in returning to his Pittsburgh roots, recently winning the masters divisions at the Brentwood Firecracker 5K and the Pittsburgh Steelers 5K. Her currently resides in Winchester, VA, where he is the athletic director for James Wood High School.
2009: Michele Fetting (c), Don Slusser, Tammy Slusser
2010: Ed Fry, Cheryl Gatons, Carl Hatfield, Don Norman
2011: Mark Courtney, Keith Dowling, Malcom East, Don Freedline
2012: Kevin Gatons, Joe Sarver, Gary Siriano, Rich Wright (c)
2013: Jennifer Colgrove-Martin, Larry Kuzmanko (c), Steve Molnar, Paul Zimmerman
2014: Jason Bodnar, Laura Dick, Ken Judson, Larry Grollman (c)
2015: Mary Alico, Mike Radley (c), Terry Stanley, Eric Wilkins
2016: Rich Bogaty, Beth Bonner, Gary Brown (c), Barb Filutze
2017: Sam Bair, Terry McCluskey, Dr. Ronald Roth (c), Alice Thurau
2018: Herb Cratty, Jack Fultz, John Harwick (c), Mindy Zottola
c = contributor
All others are athletes
About P3R (Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc.)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also manage a variety of other high-quality races, events and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Read more at www.P3R.org.
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