PITTSBURGH (November 2, 2019) — The morning’s bitter cold couldn’t keep thousands of runners from racing across three golden bridges and the streets of Pittsburgh to conquer the 2019 EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. Runners experienced Pittsburgh’s unique icons, quirks, and traditions with each mile.
“The excitement on this year’s course was incredible,” said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO. “Runners got to experience such a unique course featuring the best of Pittsburgh, and the staff and volunteers worked so hard and had such a great time making it all happen.”
Starting on East Carson Street near Station Square, runners started their 10-mile journey with the Military Mile, honoring our region’s contributions to our military and the thousands of Pittsburghers and their families who have made heroic sacrifices for our country. Progressing across the West End Bridge, participants were able to take in one of the best views of Downtown Pittsburgh to celebrate the City of Bridges Mile.
Participants were welcomed to Mr. Rogers Neighborhood on the North Side, where volunteers wore replicas of Fred Rogers’ trademark red cardigan. As “It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood” played in the background, participants stopped to take a quick photo in a trolley.
Running onward to the City of Champions Mile, runners waved their Pittsburgh Towels proudly as they passed Heinz Field and PNC Park. At the Pickle Mile, participants had the chance to sample mini pickles and shots of pickle juice from the Pittsburgh Pickle Company, as well as getting their hands on pickle pins from the Heinz History Center.
As runners rounded the corner past the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, they were greeted by brides and grooms dressed in wedding gowns handing out cookies, celebrating one of Pittsburgh’s most unique wedding traditions — the Cookie Table. As they entered the Pittsburghese Mile, participants were greeted by legendary Pittsburgh Dad on a bullhorn shouting the quirky lingo that is Pittsburghese. Runners even stopped for selfies with the Pittsburgh Dad.
After running through the Strip District, race participants had one final carb-loading opportunity while running through the Pierogi Mile. Then, runners could take a break during their 10th mile along the Parking Chair Mile, where P3R teamed up with VISITPittsburgh and their Pull Up a Chair campaign, inviting people from all over the country to visit our incredible city.
“We really wanted to create a unique experience for our participants this year and make this race something they couldn’t get anywhere else,” said Schooley. “So many runners at the finish line told us what a great time they had throughout the entire course.”
After crossing the finish line, runners celebrated their accomplishments by taking photos at the EQT Photobooth and on VISITPittsburgh’s 8-foot chairs before they returned to the Strip District for the after party at Wigle Whiskey.
Almost 30 of America’s top runners competed for the race’s $25,000 prize purse. Martin Hehir defended his championship title and won in the men’s division with a time of 48:04. Biya Simbassa and Aaron Dinzeo took second and third places with times of 48:06 and 48:12, respectively.
Bethany Sachtleben took the top prize in the women’s division with a time of 54:42, with Maegan Krifchin and Bria Wetsch crossing the finish line in 55:06 and 55:10.
Additionally, several runners earned the first-ever #RunwithP3R medal this morning by completing the inaugural Run with P3R Challenge, which included the 2019 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events, the 2019 Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, and today’s EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler.
For more information and complete results for the 2019 EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, visit: www.Pittsburgh10Miler.org. Please note the results listed on the website are based on chip time. Click here for high resolution images of the winners from today’s race.
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P3R is the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races. We strive to inspire any and all to run with us. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, P3R runs 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. Anyone and everyone is invited to #RUNwithP3R! Read more at: P3R.org
About the EQT Foundation
The EQT Foundation was established by EQT Corporation, the top natural gas producer in the country, and is committed to the social and economic vitality of our operating regions. The EQT Foundation believes in meaningful engagement with the communities it calls home, and takes great pride in the role as both a responsible and responsive corporate citizen. The EQT Foundation has developed strong partnerships with a variety of nonprofit organizations to enrich the diversity and viability of our communities, sustain the principles of continuous learning, and focus on environmental protection efforts. Read more at: www.eqt.com/our-communities/eqt-foundation