Revived in 2009, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon debuted with a sold-out field of 10,000 participants. It has grown each year, and runners young and old are expected for the 10th Anniversary, May 4-6. Let’s take a look at how the race has changed in 10 years.
One of the fastest growing races in the country
The weekend of events has become one of the fastest growing in the country with more than 40,000 participants expected this year. Each year, participants come from all 50 states and more than 20 countries.
2009 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
2018 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
|10,500 participants||40,000 participants|
|4 races to choose from||7 races to choose from|
|600 volunteers||4,000 volunteers|
|7 charity partners||38 charity partners|
|$25,000 prize purse||$142,000 prize purse|
A race for everyone (including the pets)
Runners are now bringing their whole families — and even their dogs — to town for race weekend. From the Sheetz Pittsburgh Toddler Trot and Rachel Ray Nutrish Pittsburgh Pet Walk to the UPMC Health Plan/UPMC Sports Medicine Pittsburgh 5K Run and more, there’s an event for everyone, young and old.
And in case you didn’t know, the Toyota Pittsburgh Kids Marathon is one of the largest in the country with more than 6,500 kids expected this year.
A city and marathon for champions
The event has continued to grow its elite athlete program and continues to host top international and national runners, including Olympians and national champions. In 2009, the race had a prize purse of $25,000. Since then, the race has upped its game and now boasts a prize purse of $142,000 in 2018. The success of this program even earned the event the opportunity to host the 2018 and 2019 USA Track & Field Half Marathon Championships.
26.2-mile tour of Pittsburgh
Since 2009, the race has had eight different courses. While the general path of the course has remained the same, the race has had to make adjustments based on road construction and participant growth. One thing always remains consistent on the course each year — the route is lined with thousands of Pittsburgh’s best sports fan who love to cheer on runners.
A race that gives back
The DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon had seven charity partners who kicked off the Run for a Reason Charity Program in 2009. Now, the race has 38 official charity partners and more than 60 contributing charity partners. Combined, these groups will raise more than $1.5 million in 2018! In ten years, charity runners have raised more than $11 million.
Unmeasurable inspiration on race
One thing never changes on race day — the race is filled with inspiration. Charity runners who are motivated for a cause, kids running their first race or pro runners trying to take home gold, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon has always inspired greatness. This year’s race will be no different.
Join us at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events from May 4-6, 2018 to celebrate #10YearsRunning in Pittsburgh. Learn more at www.ThePittsburghMarathon.com.