< Back to News

P3R CEO Patrice Matamoros Recognized as an Industry “Game Changer” by Connect Sports

National magazine recognizes leaders who have elevated sports tourism through innovation and precise execution

PITTSBURGH, PA – Patrice Matamoros, CEO of P3R, was recognized as an industry leader in Connect Sports magazine’s “Game Changers” feature in the fall 2017 issue. Connect Sports is a national, B2B magazine that provides resources and ideas to professionals and planners in the sports tourism industry. 

Matamoros joined P3R in 2008 as the executive director and successfully helped re-launch the Pittsburgh Marathon after a 5-year hiatus. Since 2009, the event has continued to grow from an organization with no sponsors, no runners, no staff and no volunteers to an event that now supports 18 staff members, 4,000 volunteers and 40,000+ runners. Under her leadership, P3R has expanded and organizes a year-round calendar of events, including the GNC Live Well Liberty Mile and the EQT Pittsburgh 10 Miler.

Peers in the sports events world nominated Matamoros. Nominations were received from across the country, then reviewed and evaluated by the Connect Sports staff based on references, industry involvement and other resources. An annual feature in Connect Sports magazine, “Game Changers” honors leaders who have earned respect from industry professionals and media.

These leaders will be recognized in front of their peers at Connect Sports in New Orleans, Aug. 21-23, 2017. 

The entire list of recognized honorees and individual profiles can be found here.

Connect is a leader in the meetings, events, travel and tourism industry. Specializing in destination marketing, the company produces digital programs, online and mobile solutions, meetings business and travel magazines, trade shows and consumer events, travel guides for newspapers and leisure magazines, and destination information which is distributed through broadcast and custom programs. Connect, formerly known as Collinson Media & Events, introduced the popular Marketplace format to the meetings industry and now produces national shows for meeting planners in the Corporate, Expo, Sports, Diversity, Association and Faith sectors as well as other state- and region-specific meetings- and hospitality-focused events. More information about the company's brands and services is available at

About the P3R
P3R is a nonprofit organization that is passionate about promoting the love of running and enhancing community access to health & fitness education and activities. Best known for organizing the acclaimed annual DSG Pittsburgh Marathon, we also run a variety of other high-quality races, events, and health & fitness programs throughout the Pittsburgh region. While many of our races attract some of the nation’s highest-profile professional athletes, we offer activities for all ages and ability levels. The only criterion for participation is a desire to be happy, healthy, and active! Read more at:

FACEBOOK: P3Revents     TWITTER: @P3REvents  

Our Sponsors