PITTSBURGH – Former Steelers Tight End Matt Spaeth will chair the 29th Annual Gatorade/Steelers 5K Race, Fitness Walk and Kids’ Kickoff Run on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, at 8 a.m. at Heinz Field. The race benefits the Art Rooney Scholarship Fund.
Online registration is available by visiting www.steelers.com/5k.
The Steelers’ third-round draft pick in 2007, Spaeth played in 42 games for the team over a seven-year stint in Pittsburgh. His first NFL catch was a touchdown in a 2007 win over the Cleveland Browns. Spaeth was a member of the Super Bowl XLIII Championship team that defeated the Arizona Cardinals.
Participants will gather in front of the Heinz Field Press Gate entrance on North Shore Drive. The course will follow North Shore to General Robinson Street to River Avenue, heading back to Heinz Field along Lacock Street to Mazeroski Way. Runners and walkers will follow General Robinson to Art Rooney Avenue then 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.
Gatorade is the title sponsor and Nike is the official outfitter of the race. Additional event partners include Giant Eagle, UPMC Centers for Rehab Services, Pittsburgh Three Rivers Marathon, KDKA-TV 2, WDVE-FM and ESPN Radio 970.
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. The scholarship annually provides a grant to a Cardinal Wuerl North Catholic student and funds the Pittsburgh Promise scholarships for two Perry High School students. Since its beginning, the scholarship has awarded grants to more than 80 local students.