Pittsburgh Marathon off to running start

The 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon started as scheduled this morning, with wheelchair participants going off at 6:50 a.m., 10 minutes before the elite runners began racing at 7 a.m.

The 26.2-mile race -- featuring some 30,000 runners -- started off with some light, intermittent sprinkles and a temperature of 50 degrees, which was expected to creep up throughout the day. There's a chance of off-and-on light showers, as well.

The starting conditions fell under organizers' "green" alert category, meaning good conditions. Race director Patrice Matamoros described the initial weather as "really, really good."

This is the sixth consecutive marathon since the annual race experienced a five-year hiatus from 2004-09. 

Sam Werner: swerner@post-gazette.com and Twitter @SWernerPG

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