Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let the Running Begin after Myriad Meetings, Marathon Officials Say They're Ready

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Let the Running Begin after Myriad Meetings, Marathon Officials Say They're Ready

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Runners, lace up your shoes, pin on your race number and make your way Downtown to the starting line. Pittsburgh is ready for you.

The course is set, winding 26.2 miles through 13 city neighborhoods. The bands, musical accompaniment to aching muscles, are booked. Medical teams will be out in force, traffic will be diverted and security measures, fine-tuned after the Boston Marathon attacks, will be in place.

A race that was on hiatus for the five years before 2009 is now a rite of spring, and this weekend, the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon marks its fifth year back in Pittsburgh with a record registration. A year's work, planning that started after the final runner crossed the finish line last year, will be showcased as the first runner steps over the starting line this weekend.

Race director Patrice Matamoros, speaking Friday at a news conference, said the city is ready.

"We have planned extensively. We have prepared extensively," she said. "It's going to be a great event."

Marathon weekend opened Friday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Downtown, as runners streamed into the building to pick up their race day bibs, T-shirts and other swag. The convention center was a runner's paradise filled with items ranging from workout gear to energy bars.

With the main race day falling on Cinco de Mayo, marathon organizers decided to make this year a fiesta. David Ricardo Sanchez Guevara, mayor of Naucalpan in Mexico, which is recognized as a sister city to Pittsburgh, was invited to attend the race, and he helped cut the ribbon Friday to open the weekend. On Sunday morning, runners will be prompted to perform the macarena before the starting gun.

More than 30,000 people are running or walking in events this weekend, with about 26,000 of them participating in the bigger Sunday races. The race will draw participants from all 50 states and from 15 different countries. There will also be 37 people running in Pittsburgh who didn't get the chance to finish the April 15 Boston Marathon, which was interrupted when two bombs exploded near the finish, killing three people and injuring more than 260. …

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