More than 13,000 Runners Earning their DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Medal Virtually This Year
Runners have shown resilience while running their committed distance from wherever and whenever, including 43 different states and five countries
PITTSBURGH (April 30, 2020) – For the first time ever, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon has gone virtual, and over 13,000 runners have committed to hitting their goals. This year’s runners represent 43 states and five countries. Thirty percent of the DICK’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon runners are completing their first-ever marathon, while 23 percent of the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathoners are first-timers, as well.
With what would have been race weekend ahead, some runners are getting outside to run, while others will tackle their virtual race on their treadmills. The resilience of these runners, from children to adults, running a variety of distances, has inspired thousands of other runners to keep moving.
Henry Wood, an 81-year-old Pittsburgh native, ran the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon virtually on April 19, 2020. This was his 28th time participating in the event and 51st marathon overall. Although he lives in New Jersey now, this Pittsburgh-native always returns for the event and persevered through his first virtual race.
Raffi Wilbur is 5-years-old, and he loves nothing more than running. He is a double amputee who needs to be supervised during running because of his vision impairment. This, in turn, has inspired his father to run alongside him. Raffi is following P3R’s award-winning Kids of STEEL program and completing his Chick-fil-A Pittsburgh Kids Marathon virtually to earn that medal!
More than 1,100 charity runners, who have already raised more than $350,000 for local and national nonprofits, will also run virtually. Since the program began in 2009, charity runners have raised over $13 million; 90% of those funds stay in western Pennsylvania.
Pittsburgh-native Roberta Groner has also committed to run virtually for a cause. Groner was planning to run in this year’s elite field and has since used the opportunity to raise money to provide inspirational buffs for hospital employees.
For more information about this year’s virtual event, visit http://pittsburghmarathon.com/VirtualRace.
P3R is the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races. We strive to inspire any and all to run with us. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, P3R runs a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. Anyone and everyone is invited to #RUNwithP3R! Read more at: P3R.org
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