Sunday September 30th, 2018
Distance: 10K · 5K · 5k Fitness Walk
In 1977 Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri established The Great Race as a community “fun run.” Eleven years later, Mayor Caliguiri died of amyloidosis, a rare protein disorder in which one or more organ systems in the body accumulate deposits of abnormal proteins known as amyloid.
Each year The Great Race donates $1 from every Great Race and Junior Great Race registration to the Richard S. Caliguiri Amyloidosis Fund, a fund held by the Pittsburgh Foundation that is dedicated to supporting medical research.
Each year on the last Sunday of September, the starting gun sounds for a world-class road race that has become a true Pittsburgh tradition for the past 36 years. The Great Race – established as a 10K race by the late Mayor Richard S. Caliguiri – has attracted more than a quarter million participants since 1977. Over the years, this popular fall fitness classic has grown to include a 5K run/walk, running clinic, two-day expo and children’s race…with more than 16,000 individuals taking part in these various activities annually.
|Male||28:15.14||Jim Spisak||27||Pittsburgh, PA|
|2nd Male||31:28.34||Max Petrosky||23||Bradfordwoods, PA|
|3rd Male||31:42.31||Alex Archer||23||Washington, DC|
|4th Male||31:42.90||Travis Dean||30||Newport Beach, CA|
|Female||35:30.36||Samantha Bower||28||Greensburg, PA|
|2nd Female||35:52.17||Maura Carroll||29||Arlington, VA|
|3rd Female||36:05.08||Kate Kokal||29||Pittsburgh, PA|
|4th Female||36:57.16||Sunday Davis||31||Piedmont, SC|
|M 40-49||33:53||James Hommes||47||Pittsburgh PA|
|M 50-59||37:27||Chris Shafer||56||Egg Harbor Township NJ|
|M 60-69||38:51||Michael Kearns||64||Pittsburgh PA|
|M 70+||41:04||Terry Mccluskey||70||Vienna OH|
|F 40-49||38:30||Jessica Gangjee||40||Allison Park PA|
|F 50-59||41:53||Mara Mrvos`||51||Pittsburgh PA|
|F 60-69||46:22||Cindy Hatch||64||Oakdale PA|
|F 70+||1:10:30||Maureen McGrogan||71||Pittsburgh PA|
PITTSBURGH – (Sept. 24, 2017) – At the 40th Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race under warm and sunny conditions, Samuel Muellerof Auburn, AL and defending champion Jennifer Bigham from Pittsburgh were the 10K champions in 31:02 and 35:23, respectively. In the 5K race, Clay Burnettfrom Chagrin Falls, OH and Natalie Bower from Pittsburgh took the titles in 15:05 and 17:22, respectively.
Mueller, who finished more than 30 seconds ahead of runner up Kenneth Sullivanfrom Lakewood, OH, also won the race in 2015.Caleb Muller from Pittsburgh finished third in 31:39.
“I was nervous going in today’s race,” Mueller said. “This was my first big race after recovering from an injury, so I wasn’t sure how it would go. I took an early lead at the start of the race. When I turned the corner toward the finish and could hear the cheers from Point State Park, I knew I was going to win.”
In the women’s 10K race, Bigham easily defended her title finishing more than a minute ahead of runner up Nicole Hilton from McDonald, PA, who finished in 36:41.Leilani Rios from Beaumont, CA finished third in 36:57.
“Going into the race today, I knew that I wanted to repeat and win,” Bigham said. “I went a little slower today because of the heat but I’m happy with how I raced today. This is one of my favorite and must-do races each year. I live near the start line, so my family was able to come out and cheer me on.”
Attila Domos, 49, from Pittsburgh won the men’s 10K Handcycle Division in 17:05.
Today’s 10K finishers included 21 men who successfully completed their 40th Great Race. Known as the “Perfect Great Racers,” the men have raced in every single Great Race since the event launched in 1977.
Burnett, from Chagrin Falls, OH, repeated as the 5K champion after winning in 2015 and finishing runner up in 2016. Stewart Jones from Bellevue finished second in 15:17, and Adam Smith from Pittsburgh finished in 16:01.
In the women’s 5K race, Bower from Pittsburgh won the race in 17:22. Lisa Burnett from Chagrin Falls, OH finished in second with a time of 17:25, and Susan Gogniat from Pittsburgh finished in third with a time of 17:56.
The 10K course (6.2 miles) begins in Frick Park at Beechwood Boulevard. The predominately downhill course travels along Forbes Avenue, Fifth Avenue and Boulevard of the Allies before finishing in Point State Park. The 5K (3.1 miles) starts at Fifth Avenue and Atwood Street in Oakland and follows the same route as the 10K to the Finish Line. Click on the image to enlarge it.