Ryan and Sara Hall headline Sunday, Nov. 9 event; prize purse of $15,500 including $5000 U.S.-only bonus money
November 4, 2014
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – U.S. half-marathon record holder Ryan Hall and 4-time World Championship team member Sara Hall, husband and wife, headline a deep field of athletes racing in the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. The second edition, scheduled for Sunday, Nov. 9, features a guaranteed prize purse of $15,500, including $2500 for each race champion plus new U.S.-only bonuses totaling $5000 as part of Pittsburgh Three River Marathon Inc’s (P3R) inaugural American Development Program.
“We expect the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, an annual fall tradition, to be something special with a deep professional field and 5,000 participants touring the City of Champions,” said P3R CEO Patrice Matamoros.
Ryan Hall, 32, holds the U.S. half-marathon record, clocking 59 minutes, 43 seconds in 2007, and the two-time U.S. Olympian has run the fastest marathon all-time by an American (2:04:58 at Boston 2011). Hall will face a formidable men’s field that includes two-time Olympic steeplechase finalist Nahom Mesfin of Ethiopia and 1:01 half-marathoner Leonard Korir of Kenya. Top Americans in the field include first American at last year’s race (5th) and former U.S. 25K record holder Fernando Cabada and Team USA Minnesota teammates Jonathan Grey (6th last year) and Jonathan Peterson.
Sara Hall, 31, with a 10-mile personal record of 52:54 has the fastest time in the women’s field. Likely Hall challengers include 2012 World Junior 5000m champion Buze Diriba of Ethiopia and Sophy Jepchirchir of Kenya. Jepchirchir, the 2013 EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler runner-up (54:54), set the event record at the 2014 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon with her 1:11:37.
Other top American women in the field include Saucony Hurricanes and Hudson Training Systems Elite member Kara Lubieniecki, West Chester Track Club member Lindsey Scherf (4th last year) and Team USA Minnesota teammates Gina Valgoi and Emily Gordon.
Last year’s inaugural race, with more than 3,900 finishers, was won by Kenyans Elijah Muturi Karanja and Sarah Kiptoo in 46:50 and 53:56, respectively.
The 2014 event expects to have more than 5,000 participants. The 10-mile road race starts near Station Square, takes participants through a scenic tour of five historic Pittsburgh neighborhoods and crosses four bridges before finishing at EQT Plaza on Liberty Avenue in downtown Pittsburgh.
The EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, sponsored by the EQT Foundation, is the last of three events this year in P3R’s inaugural American Development Program that offers exposure and incentives to America’s best and upcoming runners.
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About Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) is a nonprofit organization that promotes the love of running by offering world-class running events and training opportunities while enhancing community involvement in fitness activities for a wide variety of ages and abilities. The organization offers various activities to foster the sport of running throughout the year, including the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, GNC Live Well Liberty Mile and EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler.
For more information, go to: PittsburghMarathon.com