After Setting Records in 2019, P3R Looks Forward to Inspiring Even More Runners to Cross the Finish Line in 2020
January 16, 2020
More than 60,000 runners participated in P3R events in 2019, including a record number of youth; 2020 racing season kicks off with DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, May 1-3
PITTSBURGH, PA (January 16, 2020) – P3R, the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races like the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events, inspired a record of more than 60,000 runners to get moving and achieve their fitness goals during its events in 2019. A record number of youth also participated in races last year, thanks to the award-winning Kids of STEEL. P3R is planning for a bigger and better year in 2020 and hoping to inspire first-timers with new event experiences and year-round programming for runners of all ages and abilities.
Beyond record participation, P3R was able to give back to the community in big ways in 2019. More than $1 million was raised through the legs and hearts of 2,046 charity runners. P3R also awarded more than $62,000 in grants to schools and organizations to keep Pittsburghers moving and continued to be a leader in sustainability by hosting the first-ever carbon neutral trail relay event in the U.S at the GAP Relay presented by UPMC Health Plan.
New and expanded partnerships with top national brands and local companies made 2019 races unforgettable experiences for participants and spectators alike and inspired new runners to get moving. For the first time, the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler featured an interactive course that showcased several of Pittsburgh’s iconic traditions, including Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood, Pittsburgh sports, pierogies, Pittsburghese and parking chairs.
“At P3R, we strive to inspire any and all to run with us, and we’re going to make sure that everyone who participates in our races — whether they run a six-minute mile or a 13-minute mile — has an exceptional experience,” said Troy Schooley, P3R CEO. “Each of our events this year will make it fun, easy and exciting to reach new fitness goals.”
The 2020 race season kicks off with the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon weekend of events, scheduled for May 1-3. With more than 40,000 runners expected to register, Pittsburgh’s largest running event will offer something for everyone, no matter their age, pace or experience. Other P3R events coming back in 2020 include the Fleet Feet Liberty Mile, GAP Relay presented by UPMC Health Plan and EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler.
P3R wants to keep runners motivated and inspired all year. The Run with P3R Challenge, which debuted last year, is back by popular demand! Runners can earn an extra medal by completing a DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon event, the Fleet Feet Liberty Mile and the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler in 2020. P3R also will continue to offer Ready.Set.MOVE, a quarterly subscription box carefully curated with industry-leading products that can be used during workouts and training.
For more information on P3R and its 2020 events, visit P3R.org.
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P3R is the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races. We strive to inspire any and all to run with us. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, P3R runs a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health and fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. Anyone and everyone is invited to #RUNwithP3R! Read more at: P3R.org