Wesley Kiptoo Chases History in Pittsburgh: Seeks Unprecedented Three-Peat at UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon

April 9, 2024

The two-time champion, who broke his own race record last year, hopes to become the first person to break the finishers tape three times

PITTSBURGH, PA (April 9, 2024) /ENDURANCE SPORTSWIRE/ – Back-to-Back UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon champion Wesley Kiptoo is on a thrilling quest to become the first person to win the race three times.

In 2022, Kiptoo burst onto the half marathon scene, shattering the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon event record and clinching victory in his half-marathon debut. His return in 2023 was nothing short of spectacular, as he elevated the competition by smashing his own record by three seconds and breaking the tape in 1:01:22. Now, Kiptoo is back, right after a big win at this past weekend’s Cherry Blossom 10 Miler and a burning desire to outdo himself once more on the streets of Pittsburgh.

“I can’t wait to return to Pittsburgh,” Kiptoo said. “The organizers make me feel very welcome. There are always very strong athletes, which makes winning very special.”

With a spirit that refuses to back down, Kiptoo is ready to face off against the elite group of international runners descending on Pittsburgh the first weekend in May.

“This year I look forward to seeing all my friends and to making new friends. I will try very hard for my third win and to set a new course record,” Kiptoo said.

The 2024 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon offers a prize purse of $70,000, including a top prize of $10,000. Click here for more information about the 2024 prize purse. For more information about the 2024 UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, please visit thePittsburghMarathon.com.

Story Contact: Kelsey Emch, P3R Public Relations Specialist, 417-425-9400 or kelsey.emch@P3R.org.


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. Read more at: ThePittsburghMarathon.com


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