The Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) is a non profit organization governed by a five-member Board of Directors. It is proud of its commitment to providing a quality running event in the Pacific Northwest, providing our sponsors with maximum exposure in association with the event and making a positive social and economic impact on the city of Seattle. Using the Visitors and Convention Bureau Statistics, a conservative positive economic impact to the Seattle economy is five million dollars per year. With the current growth trend of the Seattle Marathon, the economic impact could double within three years.


To produce an annual Seattle Marathon event, the quality of which is a credit to our sponsors and the communities we serve. We encourage participation by runners, walkers and volunteers of all skill levels.


The Seattle Marathon began modestly in 1970 when a group of friends from the University of Washington decided to hold their own running event. 38 runners started the first annual event, with 31 of them completing the full 26.2 miles. From these modest beginnings the Seattle Marathon Family of Events has risen to become one of the largest and most influential mass-participation runs on the West Coast, being ranked by Runners World Magazine as one of the top 20 marathons in the United States. In 1999, a Seattle Kids Marathon was added, which allows children of all ages to run a "full marathon" one mile at a time. 357 children participated the first year, and the event has grown to reach as many as 1,200. Through the years, Seattle Marathon runners have donated their money to the marathon's designated charities.


The Seattle Marathon Association Board of Directors are all volunteers who generously give many hours and weekends to make our event the success it is.

John Kokes, President & Finish Line Coordinator
Dan Ledrick, VP/Secretary & Logistics/Results Coordinator
Fran Underwood, Board Member & Ham Radio Coordinator
Vic Owings, Board Member & Awards Coordinator
Jerry Seals, Board Member


Below are some of our many key Coordinators who generously give of their time to make our event the success it is.

Boys & Girls Club, Asst. Water Station & Course Marshals
Tim Hannon, IT Coordinator
Mark Green + Morgan McKenzie, Finisher Shirt Co-Coordinators
Matt Kelly + Brett Warwick, Storage Manager & Race Weekend Logistics
Brad Kirschner CPA, Soup Coordinator
Eric Larpenteur, Registration Coordinator, Accustat Inc.
Dan Ledrick, Course Logistics/Lead Vehicle
Stephanie Rosas, Adult & Kids Victory Recovery Coordinator
Christian Shook, Volunteer Coordinator


Seattle Marathon Association Office Staff includes:

Louise Long, Executive Director
Becca Shim, Office Manager,
Michelle Graham, Office Assistant, Social Media
Christian Shook, Volunteer Coordinator
Jae Gravley, Web & Online Registration
Amber Snapp, Web & Graphic Design
Gerald McRobbie, Creative Director
Matt Kelly, Logistics Manager
Brett Warwick, Logistics Manager, Other Events, Merchandise