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Pittsburgh Marathon Awarding Cash For ‘A’ Standard

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Mar. 10, 2011

Both the men and the women will be aided by pacers.

According to an official press release from race organizers, the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is awarding cash to the top three American runners who make the Olympic ‘A’ standard (2:19 for men and 2:39:00 for women).

The award structure is as follows: $1500 plus prizes and  travel expenses for the first American runner to cross the line under the standard and $1250 for second and third place. All first-time runners who meet the standard will be awarded a minimum of $500.

The marathon will take place on May 15.

Jeffrey Eggleston will act as the men’s pacer, while Tyler McCandless will be assisting the women in meeting the standard.

“Part of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon mission is to promote the sport of long distance running,” said race director Patrice Matamoros. “In an Olympic-qualifying year, we feel that offering a combination of pacers and cash incentives to help athletes offset their training costs and achieve their dreams was the most effective way for us to demonstrate our commitment.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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