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Pittsburgh Marathon reaches its 9,000 participant limit |

Pittsburgh Marathon reaches its 9,000 participant limit

| Wednesday, March 18, 2009 12:00 a.m

Pittsburgh’s revamped marathon is sold out, organizers announced today.

Race officials said the number of participants for the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon would be capped at 9,000 and registration for the May 3 event has reached that number. The race had been on hiatus since 2003, when city budget cuts forced its cancellation.

Word that the cap has been reached was announced on the marathon’s Web site. Runners who still want a chance to compete in the race can place their names on a waiting list by e-mailing and putting “waiting list” in the subject heading.

Under the cap, the 20th running of the race will have 3,500 runners in the full 26.2-mile marathon, 3,500 in the 13.1-mile half marathon and 2,000 in the four-person relay team category.

The last time the race was held, a then-record 6,419 runners participated.

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