Several runners with local ties run in Pittsburgh Marathon

Six ladies take on the Steel City course


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Hannah Claar, B-A Class of 2012, was one of a small contingent of runners with Bellwood ties to run in the Pittsburgh Marathon.

Kara Browder, Staff Writer

The Dick’s Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, held on May 2-3, had several events to get people into fitness activities and  long distance running.

There were 30,000 people that were in the 2015 marathon. There were 4,000 volunteers. Fifty-two charities supported it and 70 bands played for the marathon.

And eight of the competitors had ties to Bellwood-Antis.

There were different programs to get involved with at the marathon. There were several charities involved, so some runners raised money by running for their sponsors.  Myers Elementary teachers Tara Naylor and Tommie Murray both ran as part of the Joshua House in Tyrone.

The 26-mile marathon  was on Sunday and started at 6:50 a.m. for the wheelchair start and 7:00 a.m. for the marathon start. The half marathon was held simultaneously with the full marathon.

Naylor, who teaches second grade, ran the marathon and placed 171st among women 30-34. Hannah Claar, a 2012 B-A graduate, ran the full marathon, as well, finishing 223rd in the 20-24 age group. Hannah had done the 5K just one day before running the marathon.

Emily Crook, a 2010 B-A grad, was another local runner who did the marathon, placing 152nd in the 20-24 age group with a finish in 4:45. Emily’s father Bob ran the half marathon.

Jeff Bartlett, the husband of B-A eleventh grade English teacher Mrs. Carol Bartlett, ran the marathon in 3:35, a pace of 8:13 per mile.

B-A alum Karissa Collier (2011) did the  5K race on Saturday.

Nicole Post, a 2009 grad, did the 13.1-mile half marathon.  Tommie Murray, a fourth grade teacher  at Myers, did the half-marathon, also.

There are many events, programs, and race-day events to get involved at the Pittsburgh Marathon.