A framed poster from the inaugural Pittsburgh Marathon signed by its winners is hanging in the Pittsburgh Mayor’s Office, thanks to the son of a former mayor.
Shawn Flaherty, 59, an attorney and the son of late Pittsburgh Mayor Pete Flaherty, said he found the poster from 1985 rolled up in a tube in his basement several years ago. The Fox Chapel resident had it framed and on Tuesday donated it to the city.
It’s signed by Ken and Lisa Martin, a husband and wife duo that won the men’s and women’s categories in Pittsburgh that year, and several other top runners.
“I thought it was interesting,” Flaherty said. “What makes it really interesting is not only did Lisa go on to win the Boston and the New York Marathon, but it was first time ever that a husband and wife came in first at a major marathon and I think it’s the only time that’s ever happened.”
Flaherty said several of the runners stayed at his dad’s house in Shadyside while in town for the race. Pete Flaherty was then an Allegheny County Commissioner.
“I got to run with them the day before the marathon,” he said. “We did five miles and I was barely able to keep up with them.”
Peduto said he would talk to organizers of this year’s Dick’s Pittsburgh Marathon and determine the best place to display the poster. The marathon is scheduled for this weekend.
“It’s Pittsburgh history,” Peduto said. “It’s not only historic because it was the first marathon, but it was part of the Flaherty family and it has the signatures of both of the winners who were the only husband and wife ever to win a marathon.”
Peduto said the poster would likely be displayed at the GNC Live Well Pittsburgh Health and Fitness Expo at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center during the race so participants can enjoy it.
“We’ll have to talk with the folks from the marathon about where this can be where people can actually see it and enjoy it,” the mayor said. “I can tell you this, for this week and in preparation of the marathon, it will be at the front of our office welcoming people in every day this week.”
Flaherty said the poster belongs to Pittsburgh.
“You’ll find a place for it,” he told Peduto.