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Pittsburgh Marathon Finish Line To Be Relocated

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Sep. 15, 2011
A Pirates home game is forcing organizers to move the Pittsburgh Marathon finish line. Photo: Pittsburgh Marathon

A Pirates home game is forcing organizers to move the Pittsburgh Marathon finish line. Photo: Pittsburgh Marathon

It’s moving for the fourth time in as many years.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, organizers of the 2012 Pittsburgh Marathon are faced with the challenge of finding a suitable finish line for the race. They aren’t strangers to this challenge as they’ve had to move it four times in the past four years.

The reason for the change is driven by the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball team that announced their 2012 schedule yesterday. Their home game against Cincinatti on May 6, marathon day, means the race cannot finish between Heinz Field and PNC Park.

Having a baseball game near the same location makes it logistically impossible for the marathon.

“We’re really back at square one,” said race organizer Patrice Matamoros. “Trying to figure out where to go from here.”

Matamoros said she asked that Pirates President Frank Coonelly request a road series that weekend. However, Major League Baseball denied his request. Coonelly pointed out that the Boston Red Sox are allowed to play at home on the day of the Boston Marathon, per the team’s request.

For More: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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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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