2011 Pittsburgh Marathon

Even as the snow keeps piling up outside and the cold weather has us bundling up every morning we must remember that winter is coming to a close and spring is just around the corner. As we look ahead we can finally start to see the finish line to this long and cold winter. After months of being stuck inside hiding from the snow, ice, sleet and all the shoveling that goes along with it, Pittsburgher’s are ready to put away their snow boots and break out their running shoes.

Excitement is building here in Pittsburgh as the city prepares for the running of the 2011 Dicks Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon which will be held on Sunday May 15th, 2011. This will be the third year that Dicks Sporting Goods has sponsored the marathon since the annual race was revived in 2009. The race was ran annually from 1985 until 2003 before budget cuts forced the event to shut down. This year runners will begin their 26 mile journey at 7:00am. Walkers will start at 6:00am and will have 7 hours to complete the marathon. 18,000 runners will participate in the three events this year, which consist of the marathon, the half marathon and the marathon relay race. This 18,000 runner estimate will give Pittsburgh 2,000 more runners than competed in the Pittsburgh Marathon of 2010.

The runners of this year’s marathon will be on a slightly different marathon route than the Pittsburgh Marathon route of the 2010 race. The start line of the course will be at Liberty Avenue and Sixth Street Downtown and the 26 miles will end at General Robinson Street near Heinz Field. The course will take competitors through the North Shore of Pittsburgh, have them cross all three rivers and take them through more than a dozen neighborhoods such as Oakland, Bloomfield, the South Side and a new neighborhood to the course this year, the West End. Competitors will run along side the rivers and will also face a challenging hill as they travel into the University of Pittsburgh. Runners participating in the Half Marathon will race through the North Shore and also cross all three rivers before going through the South Side and finishing in the downtown streets of Pittsburgh.

In 2010 Kipyegon Kirui from Kenya ran the fastest time for the men completing the marathon in two hours, seventeen minutes, and twelve seconds. The fastest time for the women last year was two hours, forty two minutes, and thirty four seconds and was accomplished by Elena Vinitskaya of Belarus. The course record was set in 1995 by another native of Kenya, John Kagwe who finished the course in two hours, ten minutes, and twenty seven seconds. The runners that compete in the marathon have to engage in months of preparation and training to get their bodies prepared to complete the 26 mile course.

Thousand of spectators will line up along the streets of Pittsburgh to watch the runners complete the 26 mile course. The race will generate over 32 million dollars in total business for the city with 8.2 million being in direct spending. The event also helps to generate thousands of dollars for local charities.

To learn about training and staying healthy for the marathon contact Dr. Webb and Associates.

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