Inaugural EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler Attracts Strong American Field

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$10,500 overall prize purse with $2500 to each Open race champion

Organizer Press Release
October 29, 2013

PITTSBURGH, Pa.  The recent addition of a $10,500 prize purse to the inaugural EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, set for Sunday, November 3, has attracted a strong field of both established and up-and-coming American and international distance runners. The top five finishers per gender will be awarded prize money with each Open race champion taking home $2500.

The field includes four Americans who have broken 48 minutes for 10 miles: Brent Vaughn, Andrew Carlson, Ian Burrell and Jon Grey. Also,Fernando Cabada, who is the former U.S. 25K record holder and a 3-time national champion, and Jon Peterson, who recently won the Medtronic TC 10 Mile in 49:03, are entered.

“Our inaugural race has attracted a world-class field of runners,” said Patrice Matamoros, Chief Executive Officer of Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. “This race provides another opportunity to introduce Pittsburgh to the running community. With the top talent coming to the City of Champions, spectators should expect to see exciting, head-to-head competition on Sunday.”

The American men will face a tough competitor in Kenyan Julius Kogo, who recently won the Crim 10 Miler and set a personal record with a time of 45:55. In addition, Kenyan Reuben Limaa and Scottish runner Andrew Lemoncello should also be in the mix for top positions. Limaawho is debuting at the 10-mile distance, set an impressive half-marathon personal record earlier this year, clocking 1:00:53, while Lemoncello holds a 10-mile PR of 47:08 that he set in 2012.

In the women’s field, Askale Merachi of Ethiopia is aiming for her second 10-mile road race crown this year after winning the Broad Street Run in Philadelphia with a time of 53:46. Also watch out for Poland’s Karolina Jarzyńska, who placed 36th in the marathon at the 2012 London Olympics in 2:30:57, Kenyan Ogla Kimaiyo, who holds a 10-mile PR of 53:46 and Ethiopian Genet Getaneh who ran a 2:25:38 marathon PR in 2012.

Top American women runners include Addie Bracy, who has a 10-mile personal record of 55:42, and Lindsey Scherf with a half-marathon PR of 1:11:45.

About EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler

The inaugural EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler features a classic 10-mile distance highlighting some of Pittsburgh’s unique neighborhoods. The course begins near the Duquesne Incline and crosses 4 bridges before finishing in front of EQT headquarters on Liberty Avenue, downtown. More than 4,500 are expected to participate in the 2013 event. Visit Pittsburgh10Miler.org for more information.

2013 ELITE FIELD

MEN

Julius Kogo  KEN                  45:55

Reuben Limaa                         KEN                  Debut

Andrew Lemoncello                GBR                 47:08

Brent Vaughn  USA                  47:26

Ian Burrell  USA                  47:34

Andrew Carlson                      USA                  47:48

Nelson Oyugi  KEN                  47:48

Jon Grey  USA                  47:59

Ben Bruce  USA                  Debut

Jon Peterson                            USA                  48:06

Fernando Cabada                    USA                  48:30

Josh Simpson                           USA                  Debut

Diriba Degefa Yigezu              ETH                  49:42

Dustin Emerick                        USA                  49:54

Zach Ripley  USA                  50:20

Jed Christiansen  USA                  Debut

Brendan Gregg                       USA                  Debut

 

WOMEN

Askale Merachi  ETH                  53:46

Ogla Kimaiyo  KEN                  53:46

Genet Getaneh                        ETH                  Debut

Karolina Jarzynska                  POL                  54:56

Addie Bracy  USA                  55:42

Sophy Jepchirchir                    KEN                  57:40

Lindsey Scherf                         USA                  58:59

Kaitlin Gregg  USA                  Debut

Megan Wright                        CAN                 59:27

Sara Raschiatore  USA                  Debut


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