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| Sunday, May 1, 2016, 7:06 a.m.
Kipkoech Ruto of Kenya crosses the finish line of the Pittsburgh Marathon, winning the race at a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes, and 27 seconds on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Kipkoech Ruto of Kenya crosses the finish line of the Pittsburgh Marathon, winning the race at a time of 2 hours, 17 minutes, and 27 seconds on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners climb the hill up Forbes Avenue into Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The only big hill in the full marathon is just before mile 12.
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Runners climb the hill up Forbes Avenue into Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The only big hill in the full marathon is just before mile 12.
Runners race down Forbes Avenue in Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners race down Forbes Avenue in Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Dean Crummy, 56, of Arlington cheers on runners during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016, as they cross the Birmingham Bridge. Last year, he was unemployed and couldn't afford the entry fee. This year, a friend bought him an entry but Crummy suffered two heart attacks at the begining of the year and couldn't run but came to cheer on the runners just the same.
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Dean Crummy, 56, of Arlington cheers on runners during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016, as they cross the Birmingham Bridge. Last year, he was unemployed and couldn't afford the entry fee. This year, a friend bought him an entry but Crummy suffered two heart attacks at the begining of the year and couldn't run but came to cheer on the runners just the same.
Cameron North, 2, of Ross offers water at a fluid station on Forbes Avenue in Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Cameron North, 2, of Ross offers water at a fluid station on Forbes Avenue in Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
The crew from Amazing Yoga in Shadyside, including Lauren King (left) and Jess Brubach (center), support runners along Walnut Street in Shadyside during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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The crew from Amazing Yoga in Shadyside, including Lauren King (left) and Jess Brubach (center), support runners along Walnut Street in Shadyside during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
John Platt of Moon who has run the Boston, New York and Chicago Marathons crosses the Birmingham Bridge while running the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
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John Platt of Moon who has run the Boston, New York and Chicago Marathons crosses the Birmingham Bridge while running the Pittsburgh Half-Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
Members of the Pittsburgh Steeline, the Steelers official drumline rock a cadence for the runners making the turn at South Aiken Avenue and Walnut Street in Shadyside during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
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Members of the Pittsburgh Steeline, the Steelers official drumline rock a cadence for the runners making the turn at South Aiken Avenue and Walnut Street in Shadyside during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
A group of elite runners cross the Birmingham Bridge during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
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A group of elite runners cross the Birmingham Bridge during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
Runners start to make the climb up Forbes Avenue into Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
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Runners start to make the climb up Forbes Avenue into Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
Runners make their way down Fifth Avenue into downtown for the half-marathon during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
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Runners make their way down Fifth Avenue into downtown for the half-marathon during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
A group of University of Pittsburgh students cheer on runners from the Litchfield Towers terrace above Forbes Avenue in Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
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A group of University of Pittsburgh students cheer on runners from the Litchfield Towers terrace above Forbes Avenue in Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
A sign declares 'Only 6 more miles until Homewood' near mile 12 along Forbes Avenue in Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
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A sign declares 'Only 6 more miles until Homewood' near mile 12 along Forbes Avenue in Oakland during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
Runners cross the Birmingham Bridge during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
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Runners cross the Birmingham Bridge during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
Runners cross the Birmingham Bridge during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
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Runners cross the Birmingham Bridge during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday May 1, 2016.
Runners start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners make their way downtown at dawn before the start of the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners make their way downtown at dawn before the start of the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Spectators watch as runners cross the Seventh Street bridge during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Spectators watch as runners cross the Seventh Street bridge during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners line Liberty Avenue as they await the start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners line Liberty Avenue as they await the start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Elite runners, including winner Kipkoech Ruto (front right), start the Pittsburgh Marathon along Liberty Avenue Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown.
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Elite runners, including winner Kipkoech Ruto (front right), start the Pittsburgh Marathon along Liberty Avenue Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown.
Runners make their way along Sandusky Street onto East Commons during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
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Runners make their way along Sandusky Street onto East Commons during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
Participants in the Pittsburgh Marathon pause for the national anthem along Liberty Avenue before the statrt of the race Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown.
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Participants in the Pittsburgh Marathon pause for the national anthem along Liberty Avenue before the statrt of the race Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown.
Runners cross the Seventh Street bridge in a steady rain during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners cross the Seventh Street bridge in a steady rain during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners start the Pittsburgh Marathon along Liberty Avenue Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Runners start the Pittsburgh Marathon along Liberty Avenue Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown.
Runners make their way through West Park during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Runners make their way through West Park during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
Jim Skal of Aliquippa pauses to high-five runners while drumming along East Commons during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
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Jim Skal of Aliquippa pauses to high-five runners while drumming along East Commons during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
Mike Bruno runs across the Seventh Street bridge with his daughter, Cassie, during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Mike Bruno runs across the Seventh Street bridge with his daughter, Cassie, during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Mike Bruno runs across the Seventh Street bridge with his daughter, Cassie, during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Mike Bruno runs across the Seventh Street bridge with his daughter, Cassie, during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners cross the Seventh Street bridge in a steady rain during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Runners cross the Seventh Street bridge in a steady rain during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Alan and Mary Hartman of McMurray cheer on their daughter, Jessie, along the Sandusky Street during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
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Alan and Mary Hartman of McMurray cheer on their daughter, Jessie, along the Sandusky Street during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
Elite runners stretch at the starting line before comepting in the Pittsburgh Marathon along Liberty Avenue Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Elite runners stretch at the starting line before comepting in the Pittsburgh Marathon along Liberty Avenue Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown.
Jim Skal of Aliquippa plays drums for runners along East Commons during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side. Skal has been entertaining at the marathon for seven years.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Jim Skal of Aliquippa plays drums for runners along East Commons during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side. Skal has been entertaining at the marathon for seven years.
Runners cross the Seventh Street bridge in a steady rain during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Runners cross the Seventh Street bridge in a steady rain during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Kipkoech Ruto walks to the starting line along Liberty Avenue before running the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown. Ruto won the race.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Kipkoech Ruto walks to the starting line along Liberty Avenue before running the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown. Ruto won the race.
Kipkoech Ruto crosses the Seventh Street bridge during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Kipkoech Ruto crosses the Seventh Street bridge during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, downtown.
The Shumaker family of Hampton cheer on their mom during the Pittsburgh Marathon along Western Avenue Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
The Shumaker family of Hampton cheer on their mom during the Pittsburgh Marathon along Western Avenue Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
Runners make their way through West Park during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
Christopher Horner | Tribune-Review
Runners make their way through West Park during the Pittsburgh Marathon Sunday, May 1, 2016, on the North Side.
Kenneth Bestine, 49, of Clymer, N.Y. wins the wheeler division of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Kenneth Bestine, 49, of Clymer, N.Y. wins the wheeler division of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners fill Liberty Avenue, Downtown as they start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
Runners fill Liberty Avenue, Downtown as they start the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Paul Yak grimaces as he finishes the half marathon in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon Downtown on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
Paul Yak grimaces as he finishes the half marathon in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon Downtown on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners near the finish line of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
Runners near the finish line of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Jeffrey Whitmore, 26, of Washington D.C., hugs Dr. Ronald Roth after finishing the half marathon course of  the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Dr. Roth was one of the first responders who came to the rescue of Whitmore, administering CPR, in last year's marathon after he suffered a major coronary.
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Jeffrey Whitmore, 26, of Washington D.C., hugs Dr. Ronald Roth after finishing the half marathon course of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Dr. Roth was one of the first responders who came to the rescue of Whitmore, administering CPR, in last year's marathon after he suffered a major coronary.
Werkuhah Aboye Seyoum, 31, of New York, NY prepares to cross the finish line, taking second place in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Werkuhah Aboye Seyoum, 31, of New York, NY prepares to cross the finish line, taking second place in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Craig Dunn, 30, and Breanne Hynek, 25, both of Scottdale, embrace after crossing the finish line of the half marathon course of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Craig Dunn, 30, and Breanne Hynek, 25, both of Scottdale, embrace after crossing the finish line of the half marathon course of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners finish the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners finish the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Musa Ido, 27, of Silver Springs, Md., prepares to cross the finish line of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Ido finished in the top 10 of the full marathon.
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Musa Ido, 27, of Silver Springs, Md., prepares to cross the finish line of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Ido finished in the top 10 of the full marathon.
Tyler Jermann, 23, of Flagstaff, Ariz., holds up the U.S. Flag after finishing third in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Tyler Jermann, 23, of Flagstaff, Ariz., holds up the U.S. Flag after finishing third in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Tony Migliozzi, 20, of Pittsburgh is assisted after finishing fourth in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
Tony Migliozzi, 20, of Pittsburgh is assisted after finishing fourth in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Phebe Ko, 33, of San Francisco, Cailf., crosses the finish line in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Ko finished third in the woman's division of the full marathon.
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Phebe Ko, 33, of San Francisco, Cailf., crosses the finish line in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Ko finished third in the woman's division of the full marathon.
Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo of Ethiopia was the female winner of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:29:18 on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo of Ethiopia was the female winner of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:29:18 on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Tyler Jermann, 23, of Flagstaff, Ariz., finished third in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:20:37 on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
Tyler Jermann, 23, of Flagstaff, Ariz., finished third in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:20:37 on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Tyler Jermann, 23, of Flagstaff, Ariz., wears his third-place medal around his neck after finishing in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:20:37 on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Tyler Jermann, 23, of Flagstaff, Ariz., wears his third-place medal around his neck after finishing in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:20:37 on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Werkuhah Aboye Seyoum, 31, of Ethiopia finished second in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:19:42 on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
Werkuhah Aboye Seyoum, 31, of Ethiopia finished second in the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon with a time of 2:19:42 on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Kipkoech Ruto of Kenya was the winner of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Ruto finished with a time of 2:17:27.
Justin Merriman | Tribune Review
Kipkoech Ruto of Kenya was the winner of the 2016 Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Ruto finished with a time of 2:17:27.
Rain falls as the first runners make their way across the West End Bridge as they run the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Rain falls as the first runners make their way across the West End Bridge as they run the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Rain falls as runners make their way across the West End Bridge as they run the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Rain falls as runners make their way across the West End Bridge as they run the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners run around construction signs and under road signs as they run through the West End during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners run around construction signs and under road signs as they run through the West End during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Rain falls as runners make their way across the West End Bridge as they run the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The blur is caused by a long exposure in-camera.
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Rain falls as runners make their way across the West End Bridge as they run the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. The blur is caused by a long exposure in-camera.
Rain falls as runners make their way across the West End Bridge as they run the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Rain falls as runners make their way across the West End Bridge as they run the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Iris Clauser, 1, strikes the drum as members of Bible Center Church come out to cheer on runners as they make their way through Clauser's neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Iris Clauser, 1, strikes the drum as members of Bible Center Church come out to cheer on runners as they make their way through Clauser's neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners keep their pace through Homewood as they run the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners keep their pace through Homewood as they run the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Ja'dyn Moore, 7, eats a donut in her grandmother's fox fur wrap as she takes a break from volunteering at a refreshment station in her neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Ja'dyn Moore, 7, eats a donut in her grandmother's fox fur wrap as she takes a break from volunteering at a refreshment station in her neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Volunteers hand out water as runners pass through Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Organized by Operation Better Block, the neighborhood brought out a deejay and volunteers to help hand out water and snacks for the runners and clean up their trash.
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Volunteers hand out water as runners pass through Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Organized by Operation Better Block, the neighborhood brought out a deejay and volunteers to help hand out water and snacks for the runners and clean up their trash.
A runner carrying an American flag makes his way through Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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A runner carrying an American flag makes his way through Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Steve Price, 69, hands out granola bars as runners pass through Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Steve Price, 69, hands out granola bars as runners pass through Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Ja'dyn Moore, 7, dons her grandmother's fox fur wrap as she volunteers passing out water and candy in her neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Ja'dyn Moore, 7, dons her grandmother's fox fur wrap as she volunteers passing out water and candy in her neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
From left to right, Taezhun Franklin, 8, Tayler Franklin, 6, and Keimonie Johnson, 4, watch runners pass by in their neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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From left to right, Taezhun Franklin, 8, Tayler Franklin, 6, and Keimonie Johnson, 4, watch runners pass by in their neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
A woman smiles and waves a bag in the air from a balcony at Homewood House as runners pass by the Homewood Fluid Station during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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A woman smiles and waves a bag in the air from a balcony at Homewood House as runners pass by the Homewood Fluid Station during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners dressed as a bride and groom wave as they pass by the Homewood House and the Homewood Fluid Station during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners dressed as a bride and groom wave as they pass by the Homewood House and the Homewood Fluid Station during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
From front to back, Tayler, 6, Taezhun, 8, and Tavious Franklin, 9, all stick their hands out for high-fives as runners pass through her neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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From front to back, Tayler, 6, Taezhun, 8, and Tavious Franklin, 9, all stick their hands out for high-fives as runners pass through her neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto greets marathoners along the route in Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto greets marathoners along the route in Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Jocelyn Taylor, 75, sits in her parked car as she claps for marathoners along the route in her neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. 'I've been watching since the beginning,' said Taylor, who said she's been watching the marathon come through her neighborhood since the annual event began.
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Jocelyn Taylor, 75, sits in her parked car as she claps for marathoners along the route in her neighborhood of Homewood during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. 'I've been watching since the beginning,' said Taylor, who said she's been watching the marathon come through her neighborhood since the annual event began.
Bruce Chan, 32, gives out high-fives as 'Hot Cop' as he greets marathoners passing through his neighborhood of Bloomfield during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Chan says he and his friends (known by some as 'Bruce's Buddies') come out every year to cheer on the participants.
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Bruce Chan, 32, gives out high-fives as 'Hot Cop' as he greets marathoners passing through his neighborhood of Bloomfield during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. Chan says he and his friends (known by some as 'Bruce's Buddies') come out every year to cheer on the participants.
Teddy Tossany, front, 22, of the North Side, and Wyatt Albert, 25, of Plum, hold their M.C. Hammer and Morgan Freeman-themed signs of encouragement as they line the marathon route through Bloomfield during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. 'It's a million-and-one high fives in a day,' said Albert, who made the signs as a Saturday project.
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Teddy Tossany, front, 22, of the North Side, and Wyatt Albert, 25, of Plum, hold their M.C. Hammer and Morgan Freeman-themed signs of encouragement as they line the marathon route through Bloomfield during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016. 'It's a million-and-one high fives in a day,' said Albert, who made the signs as a Saturday project.
Susan Ceklosky of Canonsburg gets high-fives from Bethany Bowman, 29, and Robert Heinrich, 28, as they line the marathon route through their neighborhood of Bloomfield during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Susan Ceklosky of Canonsburg gets high-fives from Bethany Bowman, 29, and Robert Heinrich, 28, as they line the marathon route through their neighborhood of Bloomfield during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto cheer on marathoners as they stand along route through Bloomfield during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald and City of Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto cheer on marathoners as they stand along route through Bloomfield during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Runners come down Liberty Ave. through the Strip District in the final stretch before the Downtown finish line during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
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Runners come down Liberty Ave. through the Strip District in the final stretch before the Downtown finish line during the Pittsburgh Marathon on Sunday, May 1, 2016.
Amazing Yoga employees cheer on marathon runners on Sunday, May 1, 2016, on Walnut Street in Shadyside.
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Amazing Yoga employees cheer on marathon runners on Sunday, May 1, 2016, on Walnut Street in Shadyside.

Kipkoech Ruto reached the apex of the dreaded Forbes Avenue hill near the 12th mile of the Pittsburgh Marathon course Sunday with no challengers on the horizon.

It looked like it was going to be a lonely morning for the Kenyan. Then he added some company.

Ruto built a lead of more than 30 seconds by Mile 12, but was caught by Werkuhah Aboye Seyoum of Ethiopia about 9 miles later.

A duel emerged for several miles evaporated, and Ruto made his final push on a Liberty Avenue straightaway two hours into his race.

The Kenyan, who had looked over his shoulder on Fifth Avenue near Central Catholic High School and again at the 19th mile marker as his lead diminished, was alone once more as he broke the tape on Boulevard of the Allies. He won the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2 hours, 17 minutes and 27 seconds.

“It was good. It was a very good race,” said Ruto moments after he was handed an enlarged $8,000 check.

“I feel very good because I won.”

Seyoum took second in 2:18:42, followed by American Tyler Jermann, who crossed the finish line in 2:20:37.

Hailemaryam Ayantu Dakebo of Ethiopia was the first woman across the line in 2:39:18.

Bizuwork Getahun Kasaye, who is married to Seyoum, finished second in 2:42:47. Phebe Ko, an American from San Francisco, took third in 2:48.

Ruto reached the race's halfway point in 1:06:29 but began to log slower miles thereafter.

He ran miles 18 and 19 in 5:20 and 5:22, respectively, before Seyoum caught him as Bryant Street met North Negley Avenue in Highland Park.

“It was a push,” Seyoum said. “At 20 miles, that push came on.”

Neither made a significant move as the race's pace slowed. The two runners ran the downhill 24th mile in 5:00, but scaled back to 5:41 for the next mile.

Ruto said he wasn't tired, instead feigning fatigue to preserve energy before his final sprint.

“I decided to relax,” he said.

Seyoum, who took third last year in Pittsburgh, didn't say much when asked about Ruto reclaiming the lead.

Instead, he patted his quadriceps, which took a pounding on a steep descent down Liberty Avenue as he unsuccessfully tried to build on a lead of a few yards.

“The course is so much up-down, up-down,” Seyoum said.

“(But) yes, I'm happy. I'm happy.”

Jermann, who graduated from Iowa State in 2015 and now trains in Flagstaff, Ariz., said Pittsburgh was his fourth marathon in the last eight months.

He ran with fellow Americans Tony Migliozzi and Jed Christiansen, the assistant track and field coach at Thiel College, early and made his charge in the back half of the race.

“It was more the hills that I was worried about. I heard it gets real hilly in the second half,” said Jermann, who finished 36th at the U.S. Olympic Trials in February. “It was not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

“We went through halfway together and then made a little move. I saw the guys up front, smelled a little blood and got aggressive.”

Ko took second in the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2009 and '10. She briefly stepped away from full-time training to complete her residency in anesthesiology, but said she now finds the time for high-intensity training, even as a full-time anesthesiologist.

“It's hard when you're on call, but I feel like (running) helps balance me out,” Ko said. “It makes it less stressful in a sense, because you're like, ‘Well, running's not everything.' ”

Running might not be everything in Ko's busy life, but it was in the closing stretch of the Pittsburgh Marathon, with the bronze medal just strides away.

“I got really, just like, ‘Don't panic, keep going,' ” Ko said. “You don't really know what you have until the last mile, and then I could just see the finish line.”

Andrew Erickson is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach him at aerickson@tribweb.com or via Twitter @AErickson_Trib.

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