Pittsburgh Marathon 2015 Results: Men and Women's Top Finishers

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured ColumnistMay 3, 2015

Runners in the Pittsburgh Marathon cross the Andy Warhol Bridge in downtown Pittsburgh Sunday, May 3, 2015. More than 40,000 runners are expected to be part of the 36th annual Broad Street Run, billed as the largest 10-mile road race and as the largest city-sponsored race in the U.S. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Competitors from 49 states and 20 countries descended on Pittsburgh for the 2015 Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, according to WPXI-TV, but it was a local runner who fittingly made the most headlines Sunday.

Dilliner, Pennsylvaniam native Clara Santucci defended her 2014 Pittsburgh Marathon title with a 2015 championship. Kenya’s Stephen Njoroge took home the title on the men’s side.

Here is a look at the top finishers for both the men and women, per Craig Meyer of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette:

2015 Pittsburgh Marathon Top Finishers
1Clara Santucci2:34:06
2Aliphine Tuliamuk-Bolt2:34:44
3Christina Murphy2:40:29
1Stephen Njoroge2:15:19
2Negash Abebe Duki2:15:43
3Werkuhah Seyoum Aboye2:17:13
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Santucci was the big story considering the location of the race and her two-marathon winning streak in Pittsburgh. She was unable to match last year’s time of two hours, 32 minutes and 23 seconds, which was the fastest women’s time since the Pittsburgh Marathon returned from a six-year break in 2009, but has now established herself as something of a local legend at this event.

Bob Hertzel of the Times West Virginian noted that Santucci also starred in track at West Virginia University, which is less than a two-hour drive from Pittsburgh. 

The Pittsburgh Marathon shared a picture of Santucci crossing the finish line:

Pittsburgh Marathon @PGHMarathon

Congratulations to the Women's @DICKS Pittsburgh Marathon winner @cmaerun26! http://t.co/L1NXmhtfb1

Santucci commented on what drives her to succeed at various marathons, per Mike Kovak of the Observer-Reporter:

When you look at me or talk to me or are around me, I don’t seem intense. I’m laid-back. When it comes to running, I’m hard-nosed. I’m just a tough runner. It’s how I got where I am.

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

Considering the fact that there were thousands of competitors who hit Pittsburgh’s streets for the 26.2-mile race, Santucci needed that hard-nosed toughness to pick up her second consecutive title.

On the men’s side, Njoroge didn’t wait until the end to establish himself as the one to beat in the race. Megan Ryan of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette pointed out that he and two other runners were far clear of the rest of the field before the stretch run:

Megan Ryan @theothermegryan

It's just these three dudes and then no one else for possibly miles. #marathonpg http://t.co/BVEhFDGf49

From there, Njoroge took control, and there was little doubt who the eventual winner would be Sunday, per Ryan:

Megan Ryan @theothermegryan

Stephen Njoroge looking solid for the win with just more than a mile to go. #marathonpg

The Pittsburgh Marathon also shared a picture of Njoroge crossing the finish line:

Pittsburgh Marathon @PGHMarathon

Congratulations to the Men's @DICKS Pittsburgh Marathon winner Stephen Njoroge! http://t.co/N5eFaZWNi1

While the champion hails from Kenya, there was also some local Pennsylvania flavor on the men’s side. Tyler McCandless, who is a former All-American at Penn State, finished with the top American male time of 2:18.29. His efforts were good enough for a fourth-place finish.

As with any marathon, the course also took center stage in Sunday’s race. 

The Pittsburgh Marathon started on Liberty Avenue and featured spectators and musical celebrations along the route. In all, it went over each of the three rivers that intersect in Pittsburgh, through 13 different neighborhoods and over five bridges before finishing on the Boulevard of the Allies.

The half-marathon also took place Sunday, and Kenya’s Kimutai Cheruiyot took home the men’s title in 1:03.16. It was a dramatic finish, and Julius Kogo (who owns the record time for the half-marathon) finished a mere three seconds behind the winner.

Kenya’s Susan Jerotich won the women’s half-marathon by 10 seconds over Hellen Jemutai.

Gene J. Puskar/Associated Press

While every performer deserves plenty of credit just for participating in a 26.2-mile run, Santucci drew the most headlines. Attention now moves forward for the Pennsylvania native after she conquered her local marathon yet again.

Santucci plans on participating in the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team Trials in Los Angeles in February with the dream of representing her country in the Olympic marathon.

Considering her 2:29.54 time in her first marathon (the 2011 Boston Marathon) and the two Pittsburgh Marathon titles on her resume, it is not difficult to envision Santucci on the Olympic team with another impressive performance.

She will certainly have plenty of people back in Pennsylvania supporting her every move.  


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