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November 2, 2014

TCS New York City Marathon 2014
Photo from NY Marathon

Kipsang wins TCS New York City Marathon 2014

Kenyan Wilson Kipsang won the TCS New York City Marathon today with a time of 2:10:59, just 7 seconds ahead of 2nd place Lelisa Desisa of Kenya. The last stretch saw some tension between the two as Desisa attempted to pull ahead of Kipsang, bumping him in the process. Kipsang responded with a quick burst of speed to win his third majors in less than two years, capturing the World Marathon Majors title and a bonus $500,000 on top of his NY winnings.

Conditions this year were very windy, with gusts of more than 30 mph, resulting in the slowest NY Marathon since 1995.

The women’s competition was even tighter, with winner Mary Keitany only 3 seconds ahead of 2nd place Jemima Sumgong. Keitany hadn’t run a marathon since 2012, taking time out for the birth of her second child.

October 12, 2014

Sean Larson at Chicago Marathon 2014

SMA’s Sean Larson runs personal best at Bank of America Chicago Marathon 2014

The Seattle Marathon Association congratulates our own Sean Larson for his fantastic finish at today’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon. "I ran my heart out," Sean reported after the race. He beat his personal best by exactly 7 minutes to finish at 3:06:03.

Sean is the assistant office manager and social media coordinator for the Seattle Marathon Association. Way to go, Sean!

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon world record at 2014 Berlin.

September 29, 2014

Marathon World Record Broken Again (and Again) at Berlin

Last year, Kenyan Wilson Kipsang broke the marathon record at the 2013 Berlin Marathon with a time of 2.03.23, 15 seconds faster than the old record set by Kenyan Patrick Makau in Berlin in 2011.

Yesterday, at this year’s Berlin Marathon, two more Kenyans wasted no time in breaking Kipsang’s record. Dennis Kimetto and Emmanuel Mutai, 1st and 2nd place winners, finished at 2:02:57 and 2:03:13, respectively. That’s yet another world record (or two) broken at the fast and flat course.

For more on the story, see this Seattle Times article.

Dr. Harrast at the New York Marathon

November 24, 2013

Dr. Mark Harrast at the 2013 New York Marathon

Here’s UW Medicine’s Dr. Mark Harrast running the 2013 New York Marathon on November 3rd. Dr. Harrast serves as Medical Director for the Seattle Marathon Family of Events.

September 30, 2013

New Marathon World Record

Wilson Kipsang — a 31-year-old from Kenya — set the new marathon world record at the Berlin Marathon on September 29th with a time of 2.03.23, 15 seconds faster than the old record set by Kenyan Patrick Makau in Berlin in 2011.

Perhaps the world's fastest course, Berlin has seen 8 world records in the past 15 years.

For more on the story, see this Seattle Times article.

July 3, 2013

UW Medicine sponsors 2013 Seattle Marathon

UW Medicine is the 2013 medical sponsor for the December 1 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. Under the direction of Mark Harrast M.D., UW Medicine Sports & Spine, UW Medicine healthcare professionals provide medical care to the more than 10,000 runners who have signed on to compete in the marathon and half marathon.

For the past 6 years, Harrast has led a team of nearly 100 physicians and other healthcare professionals who man medical stations along the 26.2 mile course that ends at the Seattle Center where his team of volunteer physicians and staff provide additional assistance to runners.

Medical issues have typically included blisters, muscle cramps, and hypothermia, however being prepared for far worse maladies, including medical emergencies, is an important part of the planning process.

“During our first year as the medical sponsor, a runner collapsed in cardiac arrest just before the finish line and was resuscitated,” said Harrast. “Our goal is to monitor runners along the course and provide care as needed to insure that everyone remains healthy and safe.”

Harrast, a professor of rehabilitation medicine with a joint appointment as professor in orthopaedics and sports medicine, has recently been named the medical director of the new UW Medicine Sports Medicine Clinic at Husky Stadium. In this role, he will work with a multi-disciplinary leadership team of healthcare professionals from family medicine, orthopedics, rehabilitation medicine and physical therapy to develop a new premiere sports medicine facility at Husky Stadium as part of the UW Medicine system wide sports medicine program. The clinic will serve the general public as well as professional and student athletes. The new clinic will open its doors in Fall 2013.

Joining Harrast in his leadership role are Carol Teitz, M.D., UW professor of orthopaedics and sports medicine and Kim Harmon, M.D., UW professor of family medicine. The team will oversee and direct professionals involved in a myriad of sports medicine areas including injury prevention and performance, rehabilitation, surgical and non-surgical care, sports psychology and more.

“Sports medicine is not the purview of any one discipline of medicine,” said Harrast. “It will take a multi-disciplinary team to focus on all facets of sports medicine—both surgical and non-surgical—as well as psychological and rehabilitative. We are excited to bring together some of the best sports medicine professionals to continue to provide the general public as well as elite and amateur athletes leading-edge care at this new location.” The 30,000 square foot clinic will include a sports performance center, physical therapy, radiology and other services associated with sports medicine. For more information, contact Patty O’Leary Crutcher at 744-1780.

UW Medicine

With a mission to improve the health of the public, UW Medicine provides primary and specialty care to patients throughout the Pacific Northwest, trains medical professionals and scientists, and conducts biomedical and health services research.

Our system includes Harborview Medical Center, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center, Valley Medical Center, UW Medical Center, UW Neighborhood Clinics, UW Physicians, UW School of Medicine and Airlift Northwest.

Every year, our four hospitals manage more than 65,000 patient admissions and nearly 200,000 emergency visits, while our clinics manage more than 1.6 million patient visits. U.S. News & World Report has ranked UW’s School of Medicine No. 1 in the nation in primary-care training for the past 18 years. The school is the top public recipient of biomedical research funding from the National Institutes of Health and second in NIH funding among all medical schools, public and private.

UW Medicine is affiliated with Seattle Children’s, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Veteran’s Affairs Healthcare System in Seattle, and the Boise VA Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. We share in the ownership and governance of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and Children’s University Medical Group. Visit for details.

May 28, 2013

Seattle Emergency Preparedness

Below are excerpts from a letter we recently received from the City of Seattle Office of Economic Development detailing steps that the Seattle Marathon Association and the City of Seattle are taking to ensure the continuing safety of our events.

City of Seattle
Office of Economic Development

Seattle Event Organizers:

Following the Boston Marathon attacks, the focus of the Seattle Special Events Committee and event organizers turns to how to prevent something similar from ever happening in Seattle. Our sincere concern and sympathies are with everyone impacted by the senseless acts in Boston. Unfortunately, we live in a new world where we must think differently, plan differently, and take proactive steps to protect against all possibilities to the best of our abilities, in an attempt to ensure that the events are safe for those attending.

While we can’t always prevent tragedies that put people in danger, what we can do is take all steps to be prepared in advance and to be able to respond to emergencies, whether they are caused by natural disasters or by the work of people who seek to cause harm. Event organizer messaging to staff and attendees needs to be “Be proactive, be prepared. If you see something, say something.” Any suspicious activity observed or perceived should be reported immediately to on site authorities and to 9-1-1.

Through the Special Event Committee process, City, County, and State departments and agencies review every Seattle Special Event request. With increased focus on safety and security, we will be doing the following activities to assist event organizers:

Seattle Police Department (SPD): SPD is sending canine and military bomb squads, and has increased the number of uniformed officers, at public events including stadium games and larger events on public property. SPD continues to review events on a case by case basis and will provide increased staffing as necessary and as funding allows.

Seattle Fire Department (SFD): SFD will continue to have dedicated fire and EMS response resources at large events. Event safety, security, and crowd management planning must follow Seattle Fire Code (SFC) 403.3, which sets the training level and number of event staffing, and requires emergency management contingency plans. Medical response staffing and presence is determined upon review of the event and additional needs of the organizer.

Seattle Center: The Seattle Center has safety, security, and emergency management plans in place that will continue to be followed moving forward.

As a member of the International Festivals & Events Association (IFEA), the Special Events Office recommends that you work with event associations like IFEA, in addition to your direct discussions with Seattle Police and Fire, to learn more about current Federal policy and planning for events. We highly recommend you familiarize yourself with the Protective Measures Guide for the U.S. Outdoor Venues Industry, which IFEA worked together with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to produce in 2011.

In closing, I again want to reiterate that we will do everything reasonable to protect public safety, but we can’t do it alone. The best steps you can take against further tragedies is to make sure everyone is as educated and prepared as you can be for any possibility. Continue to work directly with agencies and resources available to you, ask early and often. Thank you for your own professional preparedness and for continuing to provide to each of your communities the positive and important events that you produce.

Emergency and safety planning links:

May 10, 2013

Office Assistant Needed: Event Coordinating

The Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) is looking for an experienced, self-motivated office assistant to join our family. Join us as we produce one of the best marathon/half marathon events in the Pacific Northwest.


You will assist our staff in executing a wide range of event production tasks, from the initial stages to event day facilitating to post-event follow-up.

This is a full-time position with overtime in October and November. Hours would be Monday – Friday, with some weekends. All staff works Thanksgiving week and weekend (no work on Thanksgiving day).

Major Duties Include:

  • Answering phones and emails
  • Working with office staff to complete duties on event timeline
  • Assisting with data entry of registrations
  • Helping with organization of merchandise inventory records
  • Representing SMA at other running events around the region
  • Assembling documentation of event information/materials

The successful candidate will:

  • Be reliable, punctual and self-motivated
  • Possess professional attitude and communication style
  • Be able to work on multiple assignments and meet multiple deadlines
  • Possess strong organizational and problem solving skills and masterful follow-through ability
  • Be dedicated, take ownership of your role
  • Have initiative; not afraid to ask questions


  • Office experience of 2+ years
  • Proficient knowledge of Microsoft Excel and Word programs
  • Excellent written & oral communication skills
  • Available to work Thanksgiving week and weekend (Thanksgiving day will have off)
  • Positive attitude

Background in running is a plus
Office has dogs

Position to be filled immediately
Pay: Hourly rate, based on experience

To apply: email resume and cover letter to

The Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) is a nonprofit organization governed by a ten-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.

April 15, 2013

Tragedy at Boston Marathon

Our hearts and prayers go out to everyone affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon today.

Below is today’s statement from the Boston Athletic Association regarding the tragedy:

Statement from the Boston Athletic Association
Monday, April 15, 2013 8:00 p.m. ET

The Boston Athletic Association extends its deepest sympathies to all those who were affected in any way by today’s events.

Today is a sad day for the City of Boston, for the running community, and for all those who were here to enjoy the 117th running of the Boston Marathon. What was intended to be a day of joy and celebration quickly became a day in which running a marathon was of little importance.

We can confirm that all of the remaining runners who were out on the course when the tragic events unfolded have been returned to a community meeting area.

At this time, runners bags in Boston which remain unclaimed may be picked up by runners presenting their bib number or proof of race participation at the Castle, at 101 Arlington Street, in Boston.

At this time, we are cooperating with the City of Boston, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and all federal law enforcement officials.

We would like to thank the countless people from around the world who have reached out to support us today.

Letter from RRCA

Our Deepest Sympathies to the Victims of the Attack at the Boston Marathon

Dear Running Community,

On behalf of the RRCA Board of Directors, our staff, our volunteers, and our members, we express our sincerest sympathies to the families affected by the tragic events at the Boston Marathon on Monday. We applaud the efforts of race organizers, first responders, runners, and everyone that took action to assist the injured.

Yesterday’s events sent a shock wave through the entire running community. As the grassroots organization for runners, clubs, and events, we encourage our members and all runners to keep running and racing in the days, weeks, months, and years to come.

While we have no specific knowledge of the facts beyond what is being reported in national news sources, we believe that this act was not specifically an attack on runners, but this was certainly an act of violence at an international sports event designed to garner international attention.

As community race organizers look to their upcoming events, we encourage you to review your security plans with your organizing team and local law enforcement. We encourage thoughtful review, but caution against over-reaction to the wake of the events in Boston. Let rational thought be your guide as opposed to fear. Review your disaster management plans. Be vigilant.

The running community is the most generous group of people in the country; it is one of our greatest assets. The victims of the tragedy in Boston will need our support. However, we caution our members to be smart about giving money. The RRCA will remain in contact with the organizers of the Boston Marathon. At a time when an official charity is designated by race officials to assist victims of the tragedy, we will share that information with members so you can give with confidence. If you prefer to give as soon as possible before any official fund is created, we encourage supporting locally established organizations such as the American Red Cross of Eastern Massachusetts.

In the coming weeks, as more lessons are learned from this tragedy, we will share information with our members at the RRCA Convention and in our print and e-newsletters.

Jean Knaack
Executive Director
Road Runners Club of America
1501 Lee Hwy, Ste 140
Arlington, VA 22209

April 15, 2013

Barefoot Running Study

We would like to invite all runners from the age of 18 years and above, who are taking part in a marathon between April and July 2013 and are training for it either barefoot or in minimalist footwear, to participate in this research project.

Details of Study: If you wish to participate please reply to stating you wish to participate in Injury rate in barefoot and minimal footwear runners preparing for a marathon, and an initial questionnaire will be sent to you with a sample copy of the weekly running diary.

This study is designed to look at the location, type of injuries as well as their rates that occur in runners who are training for a 2013 marathon barefoot and/or in minimalist footwear. The study will start in January 2013 and carry on until July 2013 (the study will start 3 months prior to your specific marathon). The data collected will hopefully give a better understanding of whether this type of running has fewer injury rates and types than conventional heel strike running (shod), and whether running barefoot or in minimalist footwear has a similar injury rate. This data may also help improve the way people are taught to run barefoot and/or in minimalist footwear.

Title of Project:Injury rate in barefoot and minimal footwear runners preparing a marathon
Approved By:This study has been approved by the UCL Research Ethics Committee (Project ID Number: 4252/001)
Name:Ian Masri

November 1, 2012

Eugene Underwood

Eugene Underwood, In Memoriam

The 2012 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon is dedicated to Gene Underwood. Gene served as Ham Radio Co-Coordinator with his wife, Fran, for 13 years.

Visit Gene's Memorial page.

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