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Inaugural EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler to draw thousands

Karen Price

Nearly 5,000 runners are expected to take part in Sunday’s inaugural EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler, including participants from more than 30 states and five countries, two Olympians and four American men who have broken 48 minutes for the distance.

The race, which is staged by Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon Inc., will begin near Station Square at 9 a.m. Sunday and finish Downtown, using a route similar to the one used for the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon. Participants will cross four bridges and go through the West End, North Side, Lawrenceville and the Strip District.

The addition of a $10,500 overall prize purse helped attract a strong field of elite runners, including Fernando Cabada, the former 25K American record holder, and three-time U.S. champion and Ian Burrell.

In addition to Burrell, Brent Vaughn, Andrew Carlson and Jon Grey have broken 48 minutes. They’ll be challenged by Julius Kogo of Kenya, who won the Crim 10 Miler in Flint, Mich., in August with a time of 45:55, as well as Kenyan Reuben Limaa and Scottish runner Andrew Lemoncello.

The women’s field includes Olympic marathoner Karolina Jarzynska, who finished 36th in London in 2012; 2013 Broad Street Run winner Askale Merachi of Ethiopia, who finished in 53:46; and 2008 5,000-meter Olympian Megan Wright. American Addie Bracy, who has a 10-mile personal record of 55:42, and Lindsey Scherf, whose half-marathon PR is 1:11:45, also will compete.

Top area runners include Jed Christiansen of Greenville, who placed fifth in the 2012 Pittsburgh Half Marathon and is coming back from a leg injury suffered during the 2013 race, as well as Josh Simpson, who lives in Morgantown, W.Va., and recently won the Pittsburgh Penguins 6.6K.

The 10 Miler rounds out a full slate of races for the Pittsburgh Marathon organizers, including the 26.2-mile marathon, 13.1-mile half marathon and 5K in May and the Liberty Mile in August.

“This is something that can be a nice bookend for us,” CEO Patrice Matamoros said. “It’s also something that puts Pittsburgh on the map again on a national level.

“What we did is essentially model it after the marathon. There are high-five zones in the neighborhoods, nine bands on the course and some businesses are having a party on the course.”

First-place finishers will get $2,500, with $1,000 for second place, $500 for third, $350 for fourth and $250 for fifth.

Most road closures along the race route will be in effect between 8 and 11:30 a.m. All streets will close fully at 8 a.m., then re-open on a rolling basis.

Closures will include West Carson Street, Liberty Avenue, Penn Avenue, 7th Street Bridge, 9th Street Bridge and the 16th Street Bridge.

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at [email protected] or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

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