Elite and Seeded Runner DivisionElite & Seeded Athletes

Since its inception in 2008, P3R has consistently supported elite athlete development and now awards more than $150,000 to athletes during its calendar of events, including the DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon, UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon, GNC Live Well Liberty Mile and EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler. 

Seeded Runner

To qualify as a seeded runner, a URL must be provided with race results meeting the following requirements:

Seeded Male = 6:30 minute mile or under 
Seeded Female = 7:29 minute mile or under 
*Results must be for half marathon or greater and in the 2017 or 2018 calendar year.

If you would like to be considered for a seeded position, please include your qualifying URL when you register. If you do not provide a qualifying URL (as stated above) or the link does not work, you will not receive a seeded position. The seeding deadline is March 16, 2018. You will be notified via email the week of April 9, 2018 if you have been approved for a seeded position. There are a limited number of seeded spots available. Decisions will be made based on finish times and then registration date.

Please email questions to info@pittsburghmarathon.com with the subject line “Seeded Runner”. 

Elite Athlete Program

The 2018 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon and UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon elite field is by invitation only. Acceptance into the program is not based solely on time. Entry is based on recent performance, potential finish and the discretion of the Elite Athlete Committee.

Please contact info@p3r.org if you would like to be considered for the 2018 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon or the UPMC Health Plan Pittsburgh Half Marathon elite field. 

P3R Anti-Doping Policy

To be eligible for elite entry or prize purse at any P3R Event, an athlete must:
  • Not be currently serving a suspension for use of a banned substance*
  • Not have ever served a ban for use of performance enhancing drugs*+
  • Not be represented by coaches and/or agents who have had 2 or more athletes receive such suspensions in the previous 4 years (from the current year’s race date)*
  • Provide proper documentation proving they are eligible for prize money (form W-9, W-8ECI or W-8BEN)
  • Consent to random drug testing according to the standards and procedures of USATF, USADA and WADA
*A list of athletes who have received a sanction for a doping violation under the athlete’s international federation rules and/or the USOC Anti-Doping Policies can be found here: 
http://www.usada.org/testing/results/sanctions/ and https://www.iaaf.org/athletes/athlete-representatives/directory
+ Unless otherwise agreed by the P3R Games Committee