PITTSBURGH – Redbank Valley football coach Blane Gold ran the Pittsburgh Marathon in under four hours while finishing in the top 30 percent of all racers Sunday.
Gold ran a time of 3:54:00, an 8:56 per-mile pace while finishing 726th out of 2,389 racers. He was also 527 out of 1,441 male runners, putting him in the top 36 percent of all male runners. Gold was also first out of nine runners who weighed in at over 200 pounds prior to the race Sunday.
“The third time’s a charm for breaking the four-hour marathon mark,” Gold said in a Facebook post.
Gold said it turned out to be a perfect day for running.
“It poured a couple of times,” Gold said. “Then it got really nice. Other than about 15 minutes of being pelted with rain, it was a perfect day to run.”
Sunday marked Gold’s third marathon, something he said he does to stay in shape during the offseason.
Gold will be entering his fourth season as Redbank Valley’s football coach this fall. He has guided the Bulldogs to back-to-back District 9 Class 1A titles, and in 2021 took Redbank Valley to the PIAA Class 1A state championship game for the first time in school history where the Bulldogs finished as runners-up to Bishop Guilfoyle.