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Pittsburgh adds 10-mile race this fall

| Wednesday, June 26, 2013, 1:42 p.m.

Pittsburgh hosts a major marathon, half marathon, 10K, several 5Ks and even a one-mile race on its city streets, and runners will have another distance option in the fall.

Pittsburgh Marathon organizers announced Wednesday the launch of the EQT Pittsburgh Ten Miler scheduled for Nov. 3.

Starting in the South Side, the course essentially traces the half marathon route in reverse, minus three miles, and finishes on Liberty Avenue, Downtown.

Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon executive director Patrice Matamoros called the distance the perfect combination of speed and endurance and said that adding the race to the fall slate has been on her bucket list. It also works well with the city's biggest fall race, the Great Race 10K and 5K, set for Sept. 29.

“It's long enough after the Great Race that, if you're doing the Great Race, you can already do six (miles) and you can continue training and do 10,” Matamoros said.

“Then take that break for Thanksgiving and Christmas and start running for the marathon. We're keeping them (running) all year. That's the goal.”

The 10-mile race often is referred to as a classic distance race.

Historians believe the first professional championship race in the United States was a 10-mile race in 1835. It's already a popular distance in other major U.S. cities.

Philadelphia hosts the nation's largest 10-mile race, the Broad Street Run, which drew 40,000 runners in May.

The Army 10-Miler in Washington, D.C., draws more than 22,000 and Matamoros said the Baltimore 10-Miler has grown to 20,000 in the past five years.

“It's a really great distance, and a lot of cities are having great success in terms of runner numbers right now,” Matamoros said. “Runner numbers are building, which shows it's a great distance because you're not seeing people jump off, you're seeing people jump in.”

Pittsburgh will start small, Matamoros said, with an anticipated 3,000 runners in the first year. Registration is open at pittsburgh10miler.org.

Karen Price is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. Reach her at kprice@tribweb.com or via Twitter @KarenPrice_Trib.

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