Rodriguez and Bonk, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon champions; Domos, Bestine and Koester win Handcycle Division presented by PNC Bank; Sunday events draw 25,000 for the Marathon, Half Marathon and RelayPITTSBURGH, PA – At the 11th DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon under overcast, damp conditions on Sunday morning, Boniface Kongin of Kenya and Bizuwork Getahu Kasaya of Ethiopia won the 26.2 mile race in 2 hours, 10 minutes, 34 seconds and 2:36:29, respectively. In the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, Puerto Rican Antonio Cardona Rodriguez improved upon his 2018 by three minutes to repeat as the men’s champion in 1:05:08 and Stephanie Bonk of Houston, TX took the women’s title in 1:22:02.
In the men’s race, a five-man pack including Kongin, Girma Bekele Gebre and Eluid Ngetich was together through mile nine. Kongin and Ethiopian Gebre broke away from the pack at mile 10, with Kongin separating quickly and widening the gap so far by mile 14 that he cruised across the finish line with a personal record of 2:10:34. Coming in second was Gebre, who also recorded a PR of 2:13:46. Ngetich of Kenya placed third, clocking a time of 2:14:38.
“I feel so happy and to make it more happier I did it in Pittsburgh,” Kongin said. “I felt the crowd kept me moving on such a difficult course. I am just super happy and this gave me the moral boost I needed.”
In the women’s division, the lead pack of four ran an average pace of six minutes per mile through mile seven, at which point American Christina Murphy fell behind. Ethiopian trio
Kasaye, Bose Gemeda Assefa and Meseret Ali Basa continued to run together through the halfway point, which was reached in 1:18:10 and led by Kasaye. Kasaye picked up the pace in the second half to set a personal record, while Assefa was runner-up with a time of two hours, 39 minutes, 14 seconds and Basa took third in 2:40:49.
The top Americans in today’s DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon were Ian Carter from Flagstaff, AZ, who finished sixth overall in the men’s division with a time of two hours, 32 minutes, two seconds, and Christina Murphy from Columbus, OH, who finished fourth in the women’s division with a time of 2:46:07.
Visit thePittsburghMarathon.com/results for complete results and more, and click here for high resolution images of the winners from today’s race.
“Congratulations not only to our overall winners, but also to every athlete who earned the title Runner of Steel today,” said Patrice Matamoros, P3R CEO and Race Director. “It was a thrill to see nearly 25,000 runners take to the streets of Pittsburgh this morning on what will be my final race day as Race Director.”
Run by P3R (Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc.), the 12th edition of the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events will be held May 1-3, 2020. For more information, go to: www.thePittsburghMarathon.com.
About the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events
The Pittsburgh Marathon was held annually from 1985-2003. After a five-year hiatus, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon was relaunched in 2009 and debuted with a sold-out field of 10,000 participants. It has grown each year since, evolving from a single race day into a weekend of events for the whole family that annually attracts nearly 40,000 runners. The event will host the USATF Half Marathon Championships for the second year in a row in 2019 and is a qualifier for the 2020 Olympic Marathon Trials. Read more at: ThePittsburghMarathon.com
About P3R (Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc.)
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also manage a variety of other high-quality races, events and health & 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. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy and active! Read more at www.P3R.org.