Mayor Luke Ravenstahl today joined officials from the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, The Pittsburgh Promise and its team of Marathon runners, and Pittsburgh Public Schools students from Langley High School in announcing that he will be running the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon on Sunday, May 15, on behalf of the Pittsburgh Promise.
“This year’s Marathon will be Pittsburgh’s most exciting run yet,” Mayor Ravenstahl said. “With yet another record-breaking running field, our neighborhoods will greatly benefit from the economic boost that comes with the thousands of visitors the Marathon attracts. In addition, many charitable organizations, like the Pittsburgh Promise, will benefit from the Marathon’s success, and I’m thrilled to be running on behalf of a charity that is so important to our City’s future.”
The Mayor is pledging his first-ever half marathon run to the scholarship program for that he co-founded along with UPMC and the Pittsburgh Public Schools (PPS) in 2007. The Mayor encouraged Pittsburghers to help all 49 Promise runners meet their goals by pledging support at www.firstgiving.com/pittsburghpromise.
“The Mayor’s commitment to the resurgence of Pittsburgh’s Marathon and his support of The Pittsburgh Promise is an example of how such community commitments are resulting in economic and social opportunities for the people of our region,” said Patrice Matamoros, race director of the Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. “We estimate that more than $1.1 million will be raised in total for charities, including The Pittsburgh Promise, as a result of runners, spectators, and supporters who want to be part of the Marathon challenge by pledging their support.”
Since the Marathon’s return, money raised for Pittsburgh charities has increased significantly. This year’s expected $1.1 million raised is a 40 percent increase from last year’s $750,000. Pittsburgh Promise runners include more than a dozen PPS teachers, as well as a wide-range of community members who believe in the Promise.
“We are very pleased that Mayor Ravenstahl has chosen to run the half marathon and to be a part of the team representing The Pittsburgh Promise, an organization that he was instrumental in helping to create just a few years ago,” said Saleem Ghubril, executive director of The Pittsburgh Promise. “The Promise is honored to have Mayor Ravenstahl on our team of runners and supporters. Promise Marathon Team members, who are local, national, and international, include an 11th grade English teacher from Pittsburgh Oliver and a young Italian man who migrated to Pittsburgh to work for UPMC’s Information Science Division.”
The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is sold out for the third consecutive year. It is widely recognized as one of the fastest-growing marathons in the country and expects to draw at least 18,000 runners on Sunday, May 18. To date, pledges for this year’s Promise Marathon Team are $13,000.
About The Pittsburgh Promise
The Pittsburgh Promise, a scholarship program for Pittsburgh Public School students, advocates for improving the quality of education and increasing the preparedness and diversity of the region’s workforce. To date, nearly 2,500 students have received scholarship awards from The Promise. Pittsburgh has the largest program among seven cities in the United States with such a program to provide advocacy and scholarships for students. For more information about The Pittsburgh Promise, visit www.pittsburghpromise.org.