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2011 Pittsburgh Marathon: Pacers To Run At Olympic Qualifying Times

As runners make their way through the Pittsburgh Marathon course on Sunday, they'll be joined by three runners pacers who will run the race at the times required to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials. The Post-Gazette profiles these three runners, Jeffrey Eggleston, Tyler McCandless, and Thomas Tisell.

"They're putting a lot of work into this race, into really making it a legitimate qualifier for both the men and the women to get their Olympic Trial standards out of the way," Eggleston said.

"It's kind of an up-and-coming marathon within the U.S. It's something I really wanted to be a part of."

Eggleston, 26, will run the course at two hours and 19 minutes, which is the men's qualifying time. That's about 5:18 per mile. McCandless, who graduated from Penn State, will run at the women's "A" qualifying time of 2:39, while Tisell will run at the women's "B" qualifying time of 2:46.

The race will begin at 7:00 AM Sunday for runners. The course map can be found here.

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