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Ayantu Dakebo Hailemaryam of Ethiopia has won the race the past two years on the women’s side. She unseated American Clara Santucci, who wont he 2014 and 2015 events.
The marathon gets underway at 7:05 a.m. ET, but there will also be a number of other attractions at the venue. There will also be a one-mile race for kids, a pet walk and a toddler trot so families can enjoy the festivities as well.
Sunday marks the 2018 Pittsburgh Marathon, with 40,000 people expected to descend on the Steel City to see competitors attempt to complete the 26.2-mile run.
There will also be entertainment in the neighborhoods the race goes through. A look at the 14 neighborhoods and course map is available on the marathon’s official website.
This will be the 10th race since the event was brought back in 2009 after a brief hiatus. Pittsburgh did not have a marathon from 2004 to 2008 because of not having a sponsor and the city’s financial difficulties.
Turnout has been far better since the reintroduction of the race with Dick’s Sporting Goods as a sponsor, and this year should see a competitive group of runners. The men’s side has been won by a Kenyan seven times since the marathon’s reintroduction, including each of the past three. Jacob Chemtai won the event last year.
PITTSBURGH, PA – The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is one of the city’s biggest annual events, involving far more than the more than the runners participating in the grueling 26.2 mile race. A full weekend of activities centered around the marathon kicks off Friday at 11 a.m. with the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.