Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mars Grad, Squirrel Hill Woman Claim Titles

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

Mars Grad, Squirrel Hill Woman Claim Titles

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Sure, Nick Edinger crossed the Point State Park finish line of the 39th Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race in a Cleveland shirt, but make no mistake - this was a local win.

Edinger, a Mars High School graduate and former standout runner at Geneva College, took first place Sunday in the men's 10K (6.2 miles) with a time of 30 minutes, 36 seconds. He now lives in Kent, Ohio, and runs for Fleet Feet Cleveland, which explains the wardrobe choice, but he's a Pittsburgher through and through.

"It was going through my head during the race how rich the history is here," said Edinger, 25, who also ran the Great Race a year ago and finished fourth. "So it feels special, especially being a local guy and to love Pittsburgh."

Coming in second 44 seconds behind Edinger was Alex Izewski, a former distance runner at Temple University from Doylestown, Pa. Colt Mack of Benezett, Pa., finished third after taking second in 2015.

As for Edinger, he set a 10K personal record in his first race of this season - "a rust-buster," he called it - and it certainly felt better than last year, when he was coming off Achilles tendinitis in both heels. The only worry for him Sunday was if his stomach would hold up for the duration of the trek that began at Frick Park in Squirrel Hill.

"You just push through, and if you throw up, you throw up," he said.

And did he, well, you know?

"No," he said with a laugh. "If I was pushed to the end, I might've had to."

Instead, he was able to cruise on home.

But while Edinger is a native relocated to the Buckeye State, Jennifer Bigham is an Ohioan who now calls Pittsburgh home.

And she also can call herself the 2016 women's 10K champion.

It was a moment long in the making for Bigham, 35, who lives in Squirrel Hill with her husband and three young children. She simply walked about a half-mile from her home to the starting line, and 34:24 later, she added a Great Race first-place finish to her resume. …

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