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Stiff Competition Planned For Pittsburgh Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 2, 2013
  • Updated May. 2, 2013 at 9:56 AM UTC
Photo; Running USA

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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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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