PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The sun is shining over Pittsburgh for more than 27,000 athletes as they hit the streets for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.
The race began at 7 a.m. at the intersection of Liberty Avenue and 7th Street. It will then go through many neighborhoods in Pittsburgh from the North Side to the West End, South Side, Oakland, Homewood, East Liberty and more before coming through the Strip District into the final stretch to the finish line on the Boulevard of the Allies.
According to the Marathon’s website, the 26.2-mile course is flat for the first 12 miles. Over the next two miles, the course will climb 200 feet and level off, while the final 4.5 miles are a net downgrade.
Watch The Start Of The Race
According to our news partners at the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, the winner of the half marathon was Julius Kogo of Kenya with a time of 1:02:31. Kogo broke the half-marathon record by 27 seconds which was set last year.
Risper Gesabwa of Ethiopia was the winner of the women’s half-marathon with a time of 1:13:15.
James Kirwa became the first runner to win back-to-back marathons since 1994 with a time of 2:13:35. Last year, Kirwa won with a time of 2:14:09.
Stephen Njoroge came in second with a time of 2:14:10 and Jonathan Kibet finished third with a time of 2:17:29.
American Mary Akor won the women’s marathon with a time of 2:37:35. Hirut Guangul came in second with a time of 2:38:05 and Yihunilish Bekele Dele came in third with a time of 2:41:30.
The course is also certified by USA Track and Field.
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