Dick’s Sporting Items Pittsburgh Marathon pronounces 2022 Corridor of Fame class


Four new members have been announced for induction into the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Hall of Fame.

The names were released on Tuesday. These include dr. Eric Anish, Jim Hommes, Christine Simpson and Joe Thomas.

The induction ceremony will take place during the marathon weekend on April 30th.

Eric Anisch

A graduate of the University of Pittsburgh Medical School, Anish ran his first Pittsburgh marathon in 1991, finishing in 2:45:05. In 1992 he ran his personal best of 2:34:46. In 1993 and 1994 he won the 10K at the Pittsburgh Marathon. He returned to the full marathon in the Masters Division in 2009, finishing seventh with a time of 2:38:33. That same summer, Squirrel Hill resident Anish won a bronze medal in the 5,000m at the USA Masters Outdoor Championships.

In 2014, Anish won the Masters division of the Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:44:07. He was also a member of the Pittsburgh Marathon Medical Advisory Board.

Jim men

Jim Hommes won the Masters Division of the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2013, 2016 and 2018. He lives in Forrest Hills and trains in track and field and cross country at Trinity Christian School.

Christina Simpson

Christine Simpson continued her running career after high school, first at Community College of Allegheny County and then at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. At IUP, she ran at the 1985 NCAA Division II National Cross Country Championships where the IUP team placed third.

Simpson also qualified for the national team in the 10,000 meters the following spring. At the Columbus Marathon in 1987, she qualified for the US Olympic Marathon Trials with a time of 2:47.

Simpson moved to Florida with her husband, Doug, and continued skating until her death in a car accident in 2017. Simpson’s sister-in-law, Sally Mannas, will attend the ceremony on her behalf.

joe thomas

Joe Thomas won the mile event in 4:14 at the Pennsylvania State Championship in 1960. It was one of the best high school times in the country during that era. He ended up earning a scholarship to Southern Illinois University and receiving NAIA All-American honors in athletics.

Thomas then coached both track and field and cross country at Albert Gallatin High School, where he continues to coach cross country.

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and Half Marathon returns as an in-person event this year, with both races scheduled to take place on May 1st.

Paul Guggenheimer is a contributor to the Tribune-Review. You can contact Paul at 724-226-7706 or [email protected]