Former Steelers to chair Gatorade/Steelers 5K

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Former Steelers Craig Bingham and Edmund Nelson will chair the 23rd Annual Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race, Fitness Walk and Kids' Kickoff Run on Sunday, September 4, at 9 a.m. at Heinz Field. The race benefits the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund.

Bingham, a linebacker for the Steelers from 1982-84 and in 1987, has called Pittsburgh his home since his playing days. He is the president of DCI Logistics, a supplier of transportation and industrial products.

Nelson was a defensive end/nose tackle from 1982-87 for the Steelers and lives in Pittsburgh with his family. He is a local insurance agent and serves as the color analyst for the Steelers' preseason television broadcasts.

This year the 5K will feature a new course. Participants will gather on the quay at North Shore Riverfront Park outside Gate A with the start line on the riverwalk below the Fred Rogers statue. The course will follow the Three Rivers Heritage Trail to Heinz Street then to River Avenue, heading back to Heinz Field along General Robinson Street. Runners and walkers will continue to Art Rooney Avenue where they will enter the stadium at Gate 5 to cross the finish line at midfield on the warning track. To accommodate the anticipated large crowd, the race will employ a wave start.

The new course can be viewed at Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race Course.

Online registration, presented by Dick's Sporting Goods, is available clicking on Gatorade/Steelers 5K. Paper applications are available by calling (412) 697-7713 or by emailing

Gatorade is the title sponsor of the race. Major sponsors include Giant Eagle, Dean Dairy, Dick's Sporting Goods, KDKA-TV 2, WDVE-FM, ESPN Radio 970 and UPMC St. Margaret Sports Medicine Center.

The Art Rooney Scholarship Fund was established in memory of the late founder of the Steelers who died in August of 1988 after living most of his life on the North Side. A $12,000 scholarship in Art Rooney's name is presented annually to a graduating senior from each of the three high schools on the North Side — Oliver, Perry and North Catholic.

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