PITTSBURGH, PA (January 24, 2019) - Patrice Matamoros, Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) CEO, has shared her plans to step down from the organization following the May 3-5 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events. Troy Schooley, current senior vice president of partnerships and sales at P3R, will fill the role of CEO following Matamoros’ departure.
"Being part of bringing the marathon back to Pittsburgh will always be one of my greatest accomplishments," Matamoros said. "While I get a lot of the credit, I have had the privilege to work with an amazing team who truly made everything possible. I look forward to continuing to work with the P3R team in an advisory capacity moving forward. I’ve been thinking about my next career move for a long time, but I really wanted to see P3R through our 10-year anniversary before I tackle my next challenge. I am incredibly grateful to Pittsburgh’s running community for supporting P3R over the past 10 years."
In 2008, Matamoros joined P3R to help relaunch the Pittsburgh Marathon after a five-year hiatus. In its first year, the organization started with zero sponsors, zero runners, zero staff and zero volunteers. Since then, P3R has grown to an organization with more than 20 staff members, 4,000 volunteers, 50 sponsors, and 40,000 runners annually. The organization has also expanded to manage a year-round calendar of events, including the Liberty Mile, the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler and the GAP Relay presented by UPMC Health Plan, as well as providing fitness programming for local communities, including Steel City Road Runners, Kids of STEEL and the Run for a Reason charity program presented by Bank of America.
Dapper Dan Charities of Pittsburgh named Matamoros Sportswoman of the Year in 2013, recognizing her extraordinary efforts of revamping and strengthening security at the 2013 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, which took place only three weeks after the tragic bombing event at the Boston Marathon. She has also received several other accolades over the past 10 years, including being honored as:
An industry leader in Connect Sports magazine’s "Game Changers" feature in the fall 2017 issue;
- The 2018 Women’s Leadership Award from Running USA;
- A 2017 Woman of Excellence by the Pittsburgh chapter of Women in Sports and Events (WISE); and
- An inductee into the Robert Morris University (RMU) Sports Management Program’s Hall of Fame in 2014.
"Back in 2008 when we asked Patrice to lead the relaunch of the Pittsburgh Marathon, we could not have imagined all that she and her team would accomplish in 11 years," said Chip Burke, president of the P3R Board of Directors. "Patrice and our board have transformed Pittsburgh into a running city and have sparked a love of long-distance running for athletes of all ages and ability levels. We’ll be forever appreciative of her hard work and dedication to the running community."
Schooley will take over as CEO following the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events. Since joining P3R in 2013, Troy has more than doubled the size of the organization’s partnership portfolio across its entire series of events. Under his direction, the sales and partnerships team has signed multi-year sponsorship renewals with national brands including DICK’S Sporting Goods, UPMC Health Plan and FedEx Ground, as well as bringing new industry-focused partners such as Brooks Running, Nuun Hydration, Goodr and Honey Stinger to the portfolio.
"I am thrilled that Troy will be taking my place as CEO," said Matamoros. "He is 100 percent committed to enhancing the experience each and every runner has on race day - whether they’re participating in one of our smaller 5K events or our largest events on marathon weekend. I am confident that, under his capable leadership, P3R will continue to thrive, grow and deliver the best races in the U.S."
Schooley is an established leader in the endurance sports industry, speaking at running conferences throughout the country - including the Running USA Accelerator Series - to not only share his philosophy of the importance of the runner experience, but also to ensure he brings the best running programs and products back to the runners of Pittsburgh.
"Patrice’s leadership has been integral to the success of the Pittsburgh Marathon and our organization for more than 10 years," Schooley said. "It will be a challenge to fill her shoes, but I know that our organization will continue to focus on ensuring our runners, partners and the City of Pittsburgh have a world-class experience."
About Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting a love of running and enhancing community access to health and fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, we also manage a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s 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! Read more at: P3R.org.
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