Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon to Be Held May 3rd 2009

Mon May 19, 2008 10:00am EDT

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PITTSBURGH, May 19 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The 20th running of the
Pittsburgh Marathon, now renamed the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh
Marathon, will be held on Sunday, May 3rd 2009. After starting in 1985 under
the leadership of the late Mayor Dick Caliguiri, the Pittsburgh Marathon grew
to be a top five marathon in the United States, hosting National Championships
and Olympic Trials. Following a six-year hiatus, the event will return to the
streets and neighborhoods of the City for the 20th running.
    "We are pleased to invite the world back to America's Most Livable City to
run the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon," said Pittsburgh Mayor Luke
Ravenstahl. "We are grateful for the vision and leadership of Dick's,
Respironics and UPMC Sports Medicine in helping to bring this exciting event
back to our City. I look forward to joining the people of our unique
neighborhoods as they line the streets of Pittsburgh to cheer on the runners."
    "For 19 years, the Pittsburgh Marathon brought international recognition,
increased health awareness, and substantial economic benefits to Southwestern
Pennsylvania," said Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato. "The Dick's
Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is the perfect vehicle to showcase our
region as a great place to live, work, play, and run."
    Dick's Sporting Goods is the largest full line sporting goods store in the
nation. With its corporate headquarters located in Pittsburgh, and a growing
focus on running, the company decided to take on title sponsorship of the
Pittsburgh Marathon.
    "Since moving our corporate headquarters here in 1994, Dick's Sporting
Goods has grown to more than 340 stores in 36 states," said Jeffrey R.
Hennion, Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer for Dick's
Sporting Goods. "During that time, we have been proud to call Pittsburgh our
home and today we are just as proud to be announcing our title sponsorship of
the Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon. This is truly an event with a
great legacy, and, given our focus on being the ultimate destination for
runners, we are very excited to be a part of its return."
    In addition to an undisclosed multi-year financial commitment, Dick's
Sporting Goods will also be providing the event with a significant amount of
marketing support and volunteers from its corporate headquarters and 13
Pittsburgh area store locations.
    Respironics, a leading provider of innovative products and programs that
serve the global sleep and respiratory markets, will present the Half
Marathon. "Respironics is excited to support the return of the Pittsburgh
Marathon. As in past years, this event is sure to be a highlight for our city.
Our company is proud to show our commitment to this region by sponsoring the
Half Marathon for the 2009 Pittsburgh Marathon," said Donald J. Spence,
President, Respironics Sleep and Home Respiratory Group.
    UPMC Sports Medicine will be the medical sponsor for the marathon,
providing all medical support for runners along the course and at the finish
line and coordinating training seminars to be held throughout the year. "The
Pittsburgh Marathon is part of the great sports legacy of this City," said
Freddie Fu, M.D., founding director of UPMC Sports Medicine, and professor and
chairman of the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the University of
Pittsburgh School of Medicine. "UPMC Sports Medicine along with UPMC's
Department of Emergency Medicine, is very excited to once again work with the
City's Emergency Medical Services to provide race-day medical care and
pre-race training advice for all runners to safely reap the many health
benefits of participating in such an outstanding athletic and community
event," added Dr. Fu, who also is former chairman of the Pittsburgh Marathon's
Board of Directors.
    UPMC has led the medical team for every Pittsburgh Marathon, beginning
with the first race in 1985. "Proudly, during those years our Marathon medical
team had become a model for top races all around the world," said UPMC
emergency medicine physician Ronald Roth, M.D., medical director of the City's
Department of Public Safety, professor of emergency medicine and chief of the
Division of EMS Operations at Pitt's School of Medicine.
    The Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon will likely attract
thousands of runners and visitors to the City, and generate millions of
dollars in economic impact while showcasing the region.
    The race course is still being finalized, but organizers hope it will
start on Grant Street in front of the City County Building and finish in the
newly renovated Point State Park. The rest of the course will remain almost
identical to the most recent course, running through neighborhoods including
the North and South Side, Oakland, Shadyside, Point Breeze, Homewood, East
Liberty, Bloomfield, Highland Park and the Strip District.  To support the
re-launch of the Marathon, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development
is providing office space in the Regional Enterprise Tower through the event
in May 2009.
    The Pittsburgh Marathon has a place in U.S. running history as the site of
the 2000 Olympic trials for men, the 1988 Olympic trials for women -- and the
three-time host of the U.S. men's national championships. It was the site of
the National Wheelchair Championship in 1986, and the site of the Olympic
Trials for Finland and Denmark in the late 1980s. The race has welcomed a
strong elite field for both men and women and has awarded big prize money for
a city its size.
    The marathon distance of 26.2 miles has grown exponentially in the last
several years, with nearly 500,000 people running a marathon last year
(Running USA). The Pittsburgh Marathon will build upon its strong reputation
and strive to attract an international field. Prize money for the event has
not yet been announced. In the past, the Marathon has brought people from all
50 states and over 20 different countries, including Belarus, Canada,
Ethiopia, Kenya, Mexico, Russia, Ukraine, Italy, Ireland and Israel. They took
with them a positive experience of the tremendous crowds, beautiful
neighborhoods and friendly people.
    The Dick's Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon is still seeking sponsors to
support the 20th running celebration, including the Pittsburgh Marathon Relay,
individual Mile Sponsors, Wheelchair Division and the Kids Marathon. There are
many other opportunities to highlight corporate involvement and partnerships
with the planning and running of the 2009 event.
    About Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.
    Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc. (NYSE: DKS) is an authentic full-line sporting
goods retailer offering a broad assortment of brand name sporting goods
equipment, apparel, and footwear in a specialty store environment. As of
February 2, 2008, the Company operated 340 Dick's Sporting Goods stores in 36
states primarily throughout the eastern half of the U.S. The Company also owns
Golf Galaxy, a multi-channel golf specialty retailer, with 79 stores in 30
states, ecommerce websites and catalog operations and Chick's Sporting Goods
which operates 15 specialty sporting goods stores in Southern California.

    CONTACT:  Jeffrey R. Hennion
              Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer
              Dick's Sporting Goods

SOURCE  Dick's Sporting Goods, Inc.

Jeffrey R. Hennion, Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer of
Dick's Sporting Goods, +1-724-273-3400
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