More than 16,000 participants expected to compete in the 10K and 5K races for the 40th edition of Pittsburgh’s largest fall road race on Sept. 24
PITTSBURGH – The City of Pittsburgh is pleased to announce a partnership with Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) to produce the 2017 Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race and Dollar Bank Junior Great Race.
“The Great Race is one of the city’s longest running traditions and is a fitting tribute to one of Pittsburgh’s great mayors,” said Mayor William Peduto. “We are thrilled to partner with P3R to make this event even more special for the 40th anniversary and beyond.”
Following a 39-year run as a product of the City of Pittsburgh Department of Parks and Recreation, the City of Pittsburgh issued an RFP soliciting bids for a professional organization to assist the city with race operations, planning and execution in an effort to grow and uphold the longstanding traditions of The Great Race. P3R, the nonprofit organizers of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and other running events, was awarded a multi-year contract to produce the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race and Dollar Bank Junior Great Race.
“P3R is honored to carry out the historic tradition of the City of Pittsburgh Great Race,” said Patrice Matamoros, P3R CEO. “The spirit of the event is truly community-oriented, and this year is even more special with the celebration of the 40th anniversary.”
The Great Race, scheduled for Sunday, September 24, will celebrate the 40th running and feature 16,000 runners in a 10K run, 5K run and 5K fitness walk. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of The Great Race, race organizers are introducing a finisher medal for each participant as well as runner shirts featuring custom artwork designed by Pittsburgh native Burton Morris.
The Dollar Bank Junior Great Race featuring a Family Fun Run, Tot Trot and Diaper Dash, is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, at Point State Park. Celebrating its 22 anniversary, the Dollar Bank Junior Great Race will feature gift bags, raffle prizes, keepsake photos and interactive activities for children 12 years of age and under.
Proceeds from The Great Race will continue to support the Richard S. Caliguiri Amyloidosis Fund, a fund held by the Pittsburgh Foundation and dedicated to supporting medical research. Amyloidosis is a rare protein disorder in which one or more organ systems in the body accumulate deposits of abnormal proteins known as amyloid. Each year the City of Pittsburgh donates $1 from every Great Race and Junior Great Race registration to the Richard S. Caliguiri Amyloidosis Fund.
Registration for The Great Race (Sunday, Sept. 24) is $40 and for the Dollar Bank Junior Great Race (Saturday, Sept. 16) is $10. For more information or to register, visit: www.RunGreatRace.com.
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In a 9-year span, P3R has grown to become one of the preeminent lifestyle brands in Pennsylvania through its development of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler and the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile.
Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) is a non-profit organization which promotes the love of long-distance running and enhances community involvement in fitness activities through high quality events open to a wide variety of ages and ability levels. Our events will consistently serve the needs of our participants and our sponsors; will engage and reward our volunteers; will enhance the economic well-being of the Pittsburgh region; will partner with public and private entities to create the best possible event experience and partner with appropriate charitable organizations to give back to the community. See more at: www.pittsburghmarathon.com/about-us
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