17,000 run in Dick’s Sporting Items Pittsburgh Marathon

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On Sunday, 17,000 people ran the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, which was held in-person again after the pandemic prompted organizers to focus on virtual racing. The race started at 7 a.m. at Liberty Avenue and 10 Street in downtown Pittsburgh. “I ran virtually in 2020 and it was difficult not having anyone there to cheer you on, so the fans, the volunteers, everyone really makes a difference and it’s fun,” said one runner. Another runner spoke to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 about Sunday’s race. “All the stops along the way, West End, Station Square, the other neighborhoods,” he said. “They were all out there in the rain cheering us on, it was great.” Rain pelted the spectators and athletes for hours. Some elite racers told how it was. “It was a little wet, a little slippery, but it was a lot of fun,” said one runner. Another runner said the weather was wild when she entered Oakland. “I saw a huge flash in front of my face,” she said. “There were a few spots where it was like a torrential downpour for a few minutes and then went away, but honestly it made it more exciting.” Alvaro Abreu of Puerto Rico won the overall men’s marathon. South Fayette’s Nicole Hilton won the women’s race in her first marathon. “I’m halfway done. I did the 10 mile in Pittsburgh and I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll try a 26.2,'” said Hilton. “So it was more of a challenge for me personally.” Many ran to challenge themselves on Sunday to raise money for organizations that help Pittsburgh residents. “It’s always good to give back and make sense of why we’re running today,” said one runner.

On Sunday, 17,000 people ran the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, which was held in-person again after the pandemic prompted organizers to focus on virtual racing.

The race started at 7 a.m. at Liberty Avenue and 10 Street in downtown Pittsburgh.

“I ran virtually in 2020 and it was difficult not having anyone there to cheer you on, so the fans, the volunteers, everyone really makes a difference and it’s fun,” said one runner.

Another runner spoke to Pittsburgh’s Action News 4 about Sunday’s race.

“All the stops along the way, West End, Station Square, the other neighborhoods,” he said. “They were all out there in the rain cheering us on, it was great.”

For hours, rain pelted the spectators and athletes. Some elite racers shared how it was.

“It was a little wet, a little slippery, but it was a lot of fun,” said one runner.

Another runner said the weather was wild when she entered Oakland.

“I saw a huge flash in front of my face,” she said. “There were a few spots where it was like a torrential downpour for a few minutes and then went away, but it honestly made it more exciting.”

Alvaro Abreu of Puerto Rico won the overall men’s marathon. South Fayette’s Nicole Hilton won the women’s race in her first marathon.

“I’m halfway done. I did the 10 mile in Pittsburgh and I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll try a 26.2,'” said Hilton. “That’s why it was more of a challenge for me personally.”

Many ran to challenge themselves on Sunday to raise money for organizations helping Pittsburgh residents.

“It’s always good to give back and make sense of why we’re running today,” said one runner.