U.S. Olympian Jared Ward will once again return to Pittsburgh to compete in the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon after finishing third in last year’s race. He’ll again race last year’s champion and event record holder Wesley Kiptoo and last year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon champion Alvaro Abreu.
“I’m beyond excited to come back to Pittsburgh! Last year felt like I was coming home and I’m excited to return for the race again this year,” Ward said. “The UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon became an instant favorite.”
After taking home top prize in last year’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, Nicole Hilton will compete in the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon and see if her hometown advantage is enough to put her on the podium this year. She will face tough competition from Caroline Rotich, who is the returning champion and event record holder. Lindsay Flanagan, who has a half-marathon personal best of 1:09:50 and represented the U.S. at the 2017 World Marathon Championships, and Neely Gracey, who has a half-marathon personal best of 1:09:59 and recently won the Disney Princess Half Marathon, also will compete in the 13.1-mile race.
“Having competed in distance running for many years, I have been lucky enough to travel to a bunch of cool places to race and compete, but nothing really compares to racing in my hometown,” Wolk said. “Whether it’s the Steelers 5K, Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race, or EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, the Pittsburgh community always comes out to make an amazing atmosphere. All of the different running communities and neighborhoods make these races such special traditions for me every year, so when I decided to make my debut in the full marathon, the Pittsburgh Marathon was really an easy choice for me.”
Wolk will compete against top American runner Tyler McCandless, who holds a marathon personal best of 2:12:28.
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