American Development Program to award $40,500 in U.S.-only bonuses for Marathon & Half; runners brave elements to participate in 7th Marathon Kick-off Training Run - PITTSBURGH – The 2014 DICK’S Sporting Goods Pittsburgh Marathon women’s champion Clara Santucci made a surprise appearance at this past Saturday’s 7th edition of the Marathon Kick-off Training Run to announce that she will return to the Steel City in 2015 to defend her title. The 2015 race, set for Sunday, May 3, offers a $135,000 prize purse, including American bonuses totaling $40,500.
"I have three goals for 2015: to defend my title, break the course record and make Pittsburgh proud,” said reigning champion Clara Santucci. "I love Pittsburgh and spend a lot of time here as I live in southwest Pennsylvania. When Patrice wrapped the American flag around me after last year's win, she said, 'You're a Pittsburgher now!'”