Perfect Great Racers Plan to Keep the Streak Alive at the 40th Running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race on Sept. 24

September 12th, 2017

Perfect Great Racers Plan to Keep the Streak Alive at the 40th Running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race on Sept. 24

21 men have run every single Great Race since the event launched in 1977

PITTSBURGH – At this year’s Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race, 21 men who’ve run every Great Race since it launched in 1977 will aim to complete their 40th race. For these “Perfect Great Racers,” the event has become a yearly tradition and has left them with many memories along the way.

“In my younger days, the Great Race attracted the very best runners in the region, and I always loved to see where I stacked up,” said Don Slusser, a Perfect Great Racer from Monroeville. “Now it’s just tradition for me. I still pride myself in running back to the start. Something I’ve done 38 of the 39 races.”

Most of the Perfect Great Racers are motivated by keeping the streak alive.

“None of us want anyone to stop at this point,” said John George, a Perfect Great Racer from Shadyside. “I don’t have anything else to do on the last Sunday of September.”

The following men have finished every Great Race from 1977-2016. (The race was canceled in 2003.)

  • Tom Abbott (Natrona Heights, PA)
  • Ken Balkey (Churchill, PA)
  • Gary Boyd (Butler, PA)
  • Leslie Alfred Brody (Wexford, PA)
  • John Burnheimer (Johnstown, PA)
  • Bob Costello (Connellsville, PA)
  • Philip Ehrman (Pittsburgh/South Side)
  • Paul Gaberson (Forest Hills, PA)
  • John George (Pittsburgh/Shadyside)
  • Ronald Hannan (Pittsburgh/Morningside)
  • Carl Hatfield (Bridgeport, WV)
  • Wayne Jacobs (Shaler, PA)
  • Marty Klanchar (State College, PA)
  • Jack Marszalek (Wilmerding, PA)
  • Roger McGuire (North Huntingdon, PA)
  • Tom Miles (Pittsburgh/Banksville)
  • Dick Monheim (Edgewood, PA)
  • Tom Murphy (Pittsburgh/Perry South)
  • John Richards III (McCandless, PA)
  • Rob Ruck (Pittsburgh/Squirrel Hill)
  • Don Slusser (Monroeville, PA)

“We refer to these extraordinary men as our ‘Perfect Great Racers’ since they’ve been with us since the very first year, way back when race organizers used numbered Popsicle sticks to determine the order of finish,” said Race Director Brian Katze.  “They’ve witnessed many changes over the years, including the introduction of the electronic timing device and online registration.  But one thing that has never changed is the Perfect Great Racers’ commitment to running a 10K through the streets of Pittsburgh on the last Sunday of September.”

Registration for the City of Pittsburgh Great Race (Sunday, Sept. 24) is $40 for an individual and $10 for the Dollar Bank Junior Great Race (Sat, Sept. 16). For more information or to register, visit:  www.RunGreatRace.com.

About the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race

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 40 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.

For more information about the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race, visit www.RunGreatRace.com

About P3R

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) is a non-profit organization which promotes the love of long-distance running and enhances community involvement in fitness activities through high quality events open to a wide variety of ages and ability levels. Our events will consistently serve the needs of our participants and our sponsors; will engage and reward our volunteers; will enhance the economic well-being of the Pittsburgh region; will partner with public and private entities to create the best possible event experience and partner with appropriate charitable organizations to give back to the community. See more at: www.p3r.org

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Perfect Great Racers Plan to Keep the Streak Alive at the 40th Running of the Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race on Sept. 24

Contact Info

Kelsey Emch
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kelsey.emch@p3r.org
www.P3R.org

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