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Kiptoo, Rotich Set Course Records at 2022 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon

May 2, 2022

Rainy conditions did not stop Wesley Kiptoo and Caroline Rotich from taking home the first prize of $10,000

PITTSBURGH, PA (May 1, 2022)/ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Rainy conditions Sunday morning in the City of Champions did not slow down Kenyan runners Wesley Kiptoo and Caroline Rotich from breaking course records and taking home the first prize of $10,000 at the 2022 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon.

In the men’s race, Kiptoo and James Ngandu took an early lead in the first mile. They stayed neck and neck until the final stretch when Kiptoo broke the finisher’s tape clocking 1 hour, one minute and twenty-five seconds. Ngandu took home second, finishing only two seconds later. U.S. Olympic marathoner Jared Ward finished third in 1:03:37.

“Today was my professional road racing debut,” Kiptoo said. “I will remember this race and the City of Pittsburgh forever. I’d like to thank the organizers and race sponsors for inviting me and for making it all possible.”

In the women’s race, Rotich smashed the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon course record by 34 seconds finishing in 1:09:30. U.S. Olympic marathoner Aliphine Tuliamuk, who previously held the course record, took home second in 1:09:54, and Sarah Sellers finished third in 1:11:51.

“It feels great to win my first race ever in Pittsburgh,” Rotich said. “It was so great seeing all the people on the course and cheering despite the rain. I can’t wait to be back!”

Visit www.thepittsburghmarathon.com/pages/results-pittsburgh-marathon for complete results, and click here for high resolution images of the winners from today’s race.

OVERALL MEN

1) Wesley Kiptoo (KEN), 1:01:25, $10,000

2) James Ngandu (KEN), 1:01:27, $6,000

3) Jared Ward (USA / UT), 1:03:37, $4,000

4) Lawi Lalang (KEN), 1:03:43, $3,000

5) Aidan Reed (ETH), 1:05:12, $2,000

6) Abdi Abdirahman (USA / AZ), 1:05:35, $1,500

7) Nicholas Wolk (USA / PA), 1:05:37, $1,000

8) Alex Monroe (USA / CO), 1:05:48, $750

9) Colin Martin (USA / PA), 1:06:11, $500

10) Will Cross (USA / CO), 1:06:27, $250

OVERALL WOMEN

1) Caroline Rotich (KEN), 1:09:30, $10,000

2) Aliphine Tuliamuk (USA), 1:09:54, $6,000

3) Sarah Seller (USA), 1:11:51, $4,000

4) Anna Dibaba (ETH), 1:14:07, $3,000

5) Alexis Zeis (USA / CO), 1:15:47, $2,000

6) Anne-Marie Comeau (Canada), 1:15:56 , $1,500

7) Anne-Marie Blaney (USA / MI), 1:16:22, $1,000

8) Megan O’Neil (USA / MI), 1:17:14, $750

9) Elizabeth Lagey (USA), 1:17:35, $500

10) Jordan Hasay (USA / CA), 1:18:35, $250

 

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About the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon Weekend of Events

The Pittsburgh Marathon was held annually from 1985-2003. After a five-year hiatus, the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon was relaunched in 2009 and debuted with a sold-out field of 10,000 participants. It has grown each year since, evolving from a single race day into a weekend of events for the whole family that annually attracts nearly 40,000 runners.

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P3R is the engine behind Pittsburgh’s greatest races. We strive to inspire any and all to move 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

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