Great Race turnout a record despite weather
Runners make their way up Beechwood Boulevard in Frick Park at the start of the 35th annual Great Race.
Runners at the start of the 35th annual Great Race on Beechwood Blvd. in Frick Park.
Tyler Pollock, 14, of Moon Twp., takes a rest as he reserves a spot for his family at the starting line of the Great Race.
A runner juggles while waiting in line for the start of the 35th annual Great Race.
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Pittsburgh native Trent Binford-Walsh, 23, and Sara Raschiatore, 32, of Leechburg, took first place in the men and women's 10K divisions of the 35th annual Richard S. Caliguiri City of Pittsburgh Great Race this morning.
A record total of 15,000 registered runners and walkers made their way from points in Frick Park and Oakland to the finish line in Point State Park Downtown.
About 10,000 10K runners, many shivering in the early morning cold, set out at 9:30 a.m. from Beechwood Boulevard in Frick Park.
Mr. Binford-Walsh finished with a time of 30:46 and Ms. Raschiatore came in exactly four minutes later, logging in a time of 34:46.
Another 5,000 runners started a 5K at 8 a.m. at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Atwood Street in Oakland.
Justin Taylor, 22, of North Hills, won the male division with a time of 15:09. Kristen Leslie, 26, of Pittsburgh, took the female division with a time 17:56.
The weather was dry at the beginning of the 10K but the rain started as runners made their way toward Downtown, and continued sporadically as runners and spectators gathered in Point State Park. The race resulted in some road closures this morning.
First Published September 30, 2012 12:00 am