Pittsburgh Marathon CEO to step down in May
The CEO of Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R), which manages the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, is stepping down in May.
“At the end of the day, I really think that my 11 years have been so phenomenal, and I’m just looking forward to what’s next in my life,” said P3R CEO Patrice Matamoros, who joined the organization as race director in 2008 to help relaunch the Pittsburgh Marathon after a five-year hiatus. She became CEO of the organization in 2013.
Under her leadership, the marathon has grown to include 4,000 volunteers to 40,000 runners annually, according to a statement from P3R.
The organization also expanded from a staff of zero to 20, and manages a year-round calendar of events, including the Liberty Mile, the EQT Pittsburgh 10-Miler and the GAP Relay presented by UPMC Health Plan, as well as providing fitness programming, including Steel City Road Runners, Kids of STEEL and the Run for a Reason charity program presented by Bank of America, according to the statement.
“Back in 2008 when we asked Patrice to lead the relaunch of the Pittsburgh Marathon, we could not have imagined all that she and her team would accomplish in 11 years,” Chip Burke, president of the P3R board of directors, said in a statement. “Patrice and our board have transformed Pittsburgh into a running city and have sparked a love of long-distance running for athletes of all ages and ability levels. We’ll be forever appreciative of her hard work and dedication to the running community.”
Matamoros was named a 2017 Woman of Excellence by the Pittsburgh chapter of Women in Sports and Events and a 2014 inductee into the Robert Morris University Sports Management Program Hall of Fame.
But the highlight of her 11 years in Pittsburgh has been watching runners cross the finish line year after year — seeing ordinary people accomplish something extraordinary, she said.
“It’s a meaningful job because you really do change lives by putting on an event,” she said.
Though she announced her intention to resign Thursday, Matamoros not step down until after the May 3-5 weekend of Pittsburgh Marathon events.
Matamoros said she does not have another position lined up, but is happy to leave the marathon in good hands.
Troy Schooley, current senior vice president of partnerships and sales at P3R, will take over following her departure.
“Patrice’s leadership has been integral to the success of the Pittsburgh Marathon and our organization for more than 10 years,” said Schooley, also a figure in the endurance sports industry. “It will be a challenge to fill her shoes, but I know that our organization will continue to focus on ensuring our runners, partners and the City of Pittsburgh have a world-class experience.”
Jamie Martines is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Jamie at 724-850-2867, [email protected] or via Twitter @Jamie_Martines.