PITTSBURGH, PA - Pennsylvania native and RRCA Roads Scholar Tyler McCandless ('11), with a marathon personal record of 2 hours, 15 minutes, 26 seconds, will headline the men"�s field at the 7th DICK"�S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon
. The 2015 event, set for Sunday, May 3, offers a $135,000 prize purse, including American bonuses totaling $40,500.
"�I"�m training to try and win Pittsburgh with a time faster than the U.S. Olympic Trials "�A"� Standard of 2:15:00,' McCandless said. "�One of the main reasons I am running the DICK"�S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon in 2015 is the support for American distance running that the race organizers offer. More opportunities for guys like me to compete against my peers and an international field furthers our athletic careers. Pittsburgh serves as a great stepping stone to being a contender at the 2016 and future Olympic Marathon Trials.'
McCandless, who trains in Boulder, CO under coach and former marathon world record holder Steve Jones, achieved his marathon PR at the 2014 USA Marathon Championships in Minneapolis, and this past weekend, the Penn State grad ran a half-marathon PR at the Naples Daily News Half-Marathon, clocking 1:03:14.
As part of his commitment to Pittsburgh, McCandless will also serve as an ambassador for the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, Inc. (P3R) American Development Program and will be pen pals with Kids of STEEL participants. During race week, he will visit participants at their school and run with them at the Toyota of Pittsburgh Kids Marathon on Saturday, May 2.
"�I"�m looking forward to the smile on the kids"� faces when they work hard all spring and finish their "�marathon"� on Saturday before the marathon,' McCandless said. "�The joy and purity that kids have when they compete in their first running event is such a special moment.'
The DICK"�S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is the first of a series of P3R events that are part of its American Development Program. The second-year program is committed to supporting promising U.S. athletes to help develop and propel their running careers to international standings and participate in world-renowned athletic events such as major marathons and the Olympics and World Championships.