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Posted: January 31, 2019:  

Athletics: Pittsburgh Set to Host USATF Half Marathon Championships for Second Year in a Row

Part of the 2019 DICKíS Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events, the race will offer a guaranteed prize purse of $85,000, including $15,000 each for the menís and womenís national champion

PITTSBURGH, PA (January 31, 2019) - For the second year in a row, the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, part of the DICK'S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events organized by P3R, will double as the USATF Half Marathon Championships. Top American runners will contend for a $85,000 prize purse during the race set for Sunday, May 5.

The top 15 finishers in the male and female open divisions will earn guaranteed prize money, including $15,000 each for the male and female national champions. Athletes will also have an opportunity to earn additional money through performance time and record bonuses. Click here for complete information on the 2019 USATF Half Marathon Championships prize purse.

"Pittsburgh has a rich history of hosting world-class sporting events, and Iím thrilled that our city and running community will once again host the USATF Half Marathon Championships," said Patrice Matamoros, P3R CEO. "We expect to attract some of the countryís finest runners for a competitive race. Athletes will also have the opportunity to earn a spot at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials with a qualifying half-marathon time."

During last yearís race, Chris Derrick and Aliphine Tuliamuk won USATF Half Marathon titles, clocking 1 hour, 2 minutes, 37 seconds and 1:10:04, respectively.

Additionally, P3R will offer $50,500 in guaranteed prize money for top finishers in the DICKíS Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. The top six finishers for both menís and womenís races will earn a cash prize, with $8,000 going to each race champion. Top Masters, Pennsylvania resident, and Steel City Road Runners member competitors will also be awarded a cash prize. Click here for complete information on the 2019 DICKíS Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon prize purse.

A list of athletes competing in the USATF Half Marathon Championships and the elite field of the DICKíS Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon will be released closer to race weekend.

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 DICKíS 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 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! Read more at: P3R.org.

FACEBOOK: P3Revents, TWITTER: @P3REvents. INSTAGRAM: P3REvents.


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