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Area runners headed to Pittsburgh

April 29, 2009 - Erik Brown
After a six year hiatus, the Pittsburgh Marathon returns this Sunday, May 3rd. It will be the 20th running of the race, which began in 1985.
The 2001 Pittsburgh Marathon holds a special place on my running resume as the only road race I ever finished ahead of my lovely and gracious. One of her illio bands flared up and she was forced to walk/jog the last 6 miles. I caught her with just over a mile to go, stopped long enough to make sure she didn’t need an ambulance, then triumphantly slogged my way to the finish line a minute or two ahead of her!
Truth be told, I could have beaten Deanna in a 10K in Centre Hall, PA many years ago, but we were only engaged then and I was still on my best behavior. In fact, I even allowed my future father-in-law to beat me that day. My sportsmanship knows no limits.
If you know of someone running in Pittsburgh this weekend, and they aren’t listed below, please take a moment to add their name via the comments box at the bottom.
Our area will be well represented in Pittsburgh this Sunday as follows:
Dane Delozier (his first marathon)
A group that trained together formed by Hollidaysburg YMCA Wellness Director / Race Guru Tina Kunstbeck consisting of:
Tina Kunstbeck
Dusty Kunstbeck
Kristie Runk
Tim Sheehan
Nikki Imhoff
Brian Jubeck
Noah Grove
Andrea Lacki
Marty Lacki
Nittany Valley Running Club members in the Pittsburgh Marathon include:
Jennifer Herbstritt
Stephanie Herbstritt
John Wilcock
Heidi Lewis
Amy Hartle
Kyle Heyler
David DeGroote
Brad Updegrove
Andy Caruso
Rebecca Leitzell
Amy Hoffman
Michael Goldfine
Ron Cunfer
Bob Rickets
Marty Klanchar
Kim Gasper
Pittsburgh will also host a half-marathon this year. Runners from our area in the half include:
Deanna Jubeck
John Pringle
Paula Jech
Joe Bollinger
My son Mark also responded to my e-mail asking for names of entrants. He claims to have been entered in both the Boston and Pittsburgh Marathons but will be a last minute scratch from both. Rock on Mawk!
5K Dog and People Race!!!
This Saturday, May 2nd, join Pets Come First, in conjunction with the PSPCA Centre Hall Branch, for a fun-filled day for you and your pet. Registration begins at 7:30 AM near the Grange Fair Grounds Gate 2 in Centre Hall. The main event will be a 5K running race for you and your dog at 9:00 AM. Racers without dogs are also welcome. For older and smaller dogs, a 1.5 mile walk and fun run will be held starting at 10:00 AM. A rescue fair featuring rescues and animal resources will be held from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.
When: Saturday, May 2nd
Where: Grange Fair Grounds, Centre Hall, PA
What: 5K Dog and People Race – 9:00 AM
Also: 1.5 Mile Dog Jog / Walk – 10:00 AM
Registration: Same day beginning at 7:30 AM
Humble apologies to Tara Murray for my delay in getting this item posted.
Best wishes to all! Run Fast!!
Thanks for reading Against The Wind!


Article Comments



May-05-2009 12:25 PM

Way to go gang of area runners. Some of us also headed east to Allentown for the 1/2 marathon on May 3rd. Bill, Jason, and Rachel Harshman (Tyrone area) completed a great course. Some others from Ebensburg and State College were listed as well.


Apr-30-2009 9:48 PM

Thanks Ethan. Looks like you have a strong team. Have a great race!


Apr-30-2009 8:40 AM


Don't forget the Blair County Track Club! We'll be competing in the marathon relay. Team members are:

Matt Manfred Andrew Wedel Geordie Edmiston Ethan Imhoff

Good luck to all runners!


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