Increased prize money has lured some of the best in the sport.
Tough elite fields at large city marathons aren’t out of the ordinary, but at this weekend’s Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, the competition is expected to be stiffer than normal.
The reason is because of the prize money.
This year, organizers increased the purse. A total of $100,000 is up for grabs in all events this weekend. The half-marathon prize money increased from $25,200 to $34,500.
“This added incentive should create a very exciting race for the competitors and spectators on Sunday,” said race director Patrice Matamoros.
Returning this year is last year’s champion James Kirwa. The Kenyan clocked 2:14:09 to win in 2012.
Joseph Mutinda from Kenya and Tumicha Horsa from Ethiopia will challenge him for the win. Also in the mix is American Jed Christiansen, who took fifth in the half last year; he’s a 2:18 marathoner.
On the women’s side, Mary Akor is the top-seeded American. She prevailed at the 2012 Des Moines Marathon.
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