The 27th Annual Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race, Fitness Walk and Kids' Kickoff Run featured a great crowd as well as a sixth consecutive first place male winner.
Six-time men's champion Jed Christiansen of Greenville finished first with a time of 14:30. The women's winner was Lisa Lucas of Upper St. Clair with a time of 17:23.
Christopher Garman of Castle Shannon repeated as the Nose Tackle winner. Craig Woshner of Winchester, Va. won the male master (over 40) while Sharyl Relic from Mars, Pa. was female masters champion. In the corporate team competition, Fleet Feet (small company up to 99 employees) and Highmark (1000+ employees) both repeated in their respective divisions. Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney won the medium category (100-999 employees).
The race benefits the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund which annually gives grants to students on Pittsburgh's North Side and to the Pittsburgh Promise. Charlie Batch and Brett Keisel, both members of the Super Bowl XL team, served as co-captains. Their teammate, Kendall Simmons, was the starter for the Kids' Kickoff Run.
In addition to Gatorade, sponsors included Giant Eagle, Dick's Sporting Goods, True Runner, NIKE, Novo Nordisk, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, Proctor & Gamble, KDKA, WDVE, and ESPN 970 Radio. Other supporters include Turkey Hill Ice Cream, ALCO Parking, Heinz Field, Carnegie Science Center, Franco's Super Donuts, Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, McDonald's, Pittsburgh Major Taylor Cycling Club, Sports and Exhibition Authority and the Baldwin and North Allegheny High School Cross Country teams.