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Posted: April 26, 2017:  

Athletics: Twenty-four Athletes Featured in 2017 DICKíS Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Handcycle Division Presented by PNC Bank

PNC returns as presenting sponsor of the Handcycle Division and will also sponsor the Military Mile

PITTSBURGH, PA - PNC Bank will once again serve as presenting sponsor of the Handcycle portion of the 2017 DICKíS Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. In this yearís Handcycle Division, 24 athletes, including six members from the Paralyzed Veteransí Racing Team, will compete.

"Each year the veterans and other competing athletes humble us with the strength they demonstrate in the handcycling event," said Louis R. Cestello, PNC regional president for Pittsburgh. "Their show of character exemplifies the spirit of sport. We wish them well as they negotiate this arduous course and display the physical and mental preparation that distinguishes them among athletes."

The Pittsburgh Marathon Handcycle Division presented by PNC Bank utilizes the same 26.2-mile course as that run by the marathoners and offers a scenic tour of Pittsburgh, crossing three bridges and traveling through 13 neighborhoods.

In addition to the Handcycle Division, PNC will sponsor the Military Mile, which is located between miles 9 and 10 on the DICKíS Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon course. This dedicated mile of the race route will celebrate and recognize military service.

In 2016, Kenneth Bestine, 49, from Bluffton, SC won the menís Marathon Handcycle Division presented by PNC Bank in 1:25:59. Ashli Molinero, 44, of Bethel Park, PA defended her 2015 title capturing the 2016 crown in 1:29:25.

The 2017 Handcycle Division will start at 6:50 a.m. on Sunday, May 7. For more information about the Pittsburgh Marathon Handcycle Division, visit The

About P3R

P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nationís highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Learn more at:

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About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit

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