Julius Kogo (63:13) won the men's half while Etaferahu Temesgen (73:08) won the women's with Serena Burla 3rd.
McCandless is coached by former WR holder Steve Jones.
Tyler McCandless was the first American man (2:18:29). Kimutai Cheruiyot (63:16) and Susan Jerotich (73:25) win the half.
Santucci, a Pirates fan and PA resident, was thrilled to get the win.
The race offers some big money. Ethiopian Gebo Burka, who won LA two months ago, got out to a big lead and won $9,000 and the men's race in 2:16:30.
2:29 marathoner Clara Santucci is one of the favorites.
Santucci was the top American in Chicago with 9th place finish.
James Kirwa (12:12:54) will go for a three-peat as he faces Gebo Burka (2:10:18) and Negash Duki (2:11:14). Pennslvanian Clara Santucci (2:31:39) leads women's field against Seada Kedir (2:31:38) and Yeshimebet Bifa (2:26:18).
“We want Pittsburgh to become the place for young American runners to launch their professional careers,” says Matamoros. “By racing here they will have the opportunity to gain the experience and confidence needed to take the next step in their careers” and can “keep the USA a major force in professional running for years to come.”