PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — The weather was not cooperating as the first of the wheelchair racers rolled down East Carson for the annual Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon.
Kelly Guzick and family were determined to support her husband even if it meant waiting in a steady downpour.
Bob Allen: This part of the agreement that you have, to sit out here and wait for him?
Kelly: For better or for worse!
Most people agreed that despite the weather, they were having a pretty good time.
“So far, it’s wonderful, I mean the weather isn’t,” Judy Veverka said.
As more runners crossed the 11-mile mark the rain started slowing down. Conditions at the 15-mile mark at Fifth Avenue and Shady Avenue were drying up . The looks on some of the runners’ faces showed the course was wearing them down.
Leah Koenig was on the sidelines to encourage her roommate.
“I’m so excited, I’m proud of her,” she said.
When runners reached the 18-mile mark in Homewood, dozens of volunteers were offering much-deserved water. At the 23-mile mark in Bloomfield, another welcoming party was waiting outside Lot 17.
“The runners, by the time they get to this point, a lot of them need our help to get through the final three miles,” Rick Decarlo said.
The first half-marathon runner to cross the finish line, Julius Kugo of Kenya, finished with a time of 1:03:13. Ethiopia’s Etaferahu Temesgen won the women’s in 1:13:08.
Kenya’s Kipkoech Ruto took the Men’s title in 2:17:27, while Ethopia’s Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo won the women’s race in 2:42:47.