November 26, 2015

Nov. 24, 2015            

CONTACT: Renatta Emerson
Seattle Marathon Association

Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon returns to the streets of Seattle

SEATTLE – The 2015 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon returns to the streets of Seattle this weekend, with an anticipated 15,000 people planning to take part in a variety of events.

Who: 2015 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon.

Where: The races start on 5th Avenue, between Harrison and Broad streets.

What: The Seattle Marathon Family of Events consists of a full 26.2-mile marathon run and marathon walk. The event also will include a 13.1-mile half-marathon run, half-marathon walk, a kids race and a two-day health and fitness expo. Combined participation for all five races is an anticipated 15,000 people.

When:  Sunday, Nov. 29. The first event, the marathon walk, begins at 7:15 a.m., followed by the half-marathon run at 7:30 a.m., the half-marathon walk at 7:45 a.m. and the marathon run at 8:15 a.m. The first runner is expected to finish by 8:45 a.m. (The kids race will be held on Saturday, Nov. 28, at 10 a.m.)

For a complete schedule of the weekend’s events, please click here.

About the Seattle Marathon Association

The Seattle Marathon Association is a nonprofit organization governed by a 10-member board of directors. It is proud of its commitment to providing a quality running event in the Pacific Northwest, providing sponsors with maximum exposure in association with the event and making a positive social and economic impact on the city of Seattle. The marathon course is USATF-certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Visit to find out more about the race or to sign up.

About Amica Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Co., the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, Rhode Island, is a national writer of auto, home, marine and umbrella insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,400 people in 44 offices across the country. For more information, visit

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November 19, 2015


74 Year Old Don Wright to Run in the Seattle Marathon November 29th


Washington, DC – Patients Rising, a non-profit patient advocacy organization, today congratulated 74-year old Don Wright for his continuing work to raise awareness of blood cancers, and to be an advocate for access to new life-changing treatments. Don ran his first marathon June 21, 2003, when he had the first signs of multiple myeloma, a blood cancer that affects cells in the bone marrow. In the 12 years since then he has run 90 marathons with cancer, while on active treatment, as a living example of what funding and research can achieve.

Don’s 91st marathon with cancer is schedule to be the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon ( November 29th. His 90th marathon was the Marine Corps Marathon in Washington, DC, at the end of October. Don’s adult daughter and his wife of 52 years travel with him and run half-marathons so they can spend their “golden years” together.

“My treatment is not your grandfather’s chemotherapy,” said Don Wright. “For seven of the last 12 years, I took a pill to manage my cancer. Imagine, a pill to treat cancer. I didn’t lose my hair, I didn’t lose my lunch and I was able to keep running. That’s what research can accomplish.”

However, multiple myeloma cannot be cured, so Don is counting on continuing progress, research and access to the latest treatments to provide the next remission and the remission after that.

“Our mission at Patients Rising is to raise awareness of the need for continuing research, drug development and unencumbered patient access to the latest treatments,” said Jonathan Wilcox, policy director and co-founder of Patients Rising.  “We are working to help patients continue to work or spend time with their families, celebrate birthdays and weddings, and yes, even run marathons. But our work is not done, and we thank Don for doing so much to help us all appreciate the value of medical innovation.”

Don’s progress can be followed on Facebook and Twitter under the banner eRace Cancer. In 2012 Don completed at least one marathon in all 50 states. LLS will be working with Don to help select his next marathons on the way to achieve his new goal of running 100 marathons with cancer.


E-Race Cancer: and

Don’s running blog

Don’s myeloma blog


November 17, 2015

Ultimate Survivor Ethan Zohn to Run 2015 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon on November 29 for Grassroot Soccer

Grassroot Soccer Charity Team Includes Seattle Sounders’ Roger Levesque and Several Runners from the Local Soccer Community

Zohn’s Campaign Goal is to Raise $42K to Celebrate his 42nd Birthday during Month of November

Contributions Made Through Crowdrise Fundraising Page Eligible to Win Cool Prizes

NEW YORK – Survivor winner, former pro soccer player and cancer survivor Ethan Zohn, invites you to join his 42nd birthday celebration by supporting his “42 for 42” fundraising campaign for Grassroot Soccer. Zohn has pledged to raise $42,000 for his 42 years of life by running two marathons in November, and will lead the Grassroot Soccer charity team at the 2015 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon on Sunday, November 29. Zohn recently completed the 2015 TCS New York City Marathon to kick off the campaign.

Zohn, who turned 42 on Nov. 12, is the winner of the reality television show Survivor: Africa and has gone on to become one of reality TV’s favorite personalities. He was first diagnosed with Hodgkin’s Lymphoma in 2009, and in 2012 announced his cancer had returned. After undergoing a second public battle with cancer including being one of the first to receive local biotech, Seattle Genetics’, therapy ADCETRIS (brentuximab vedotin) following its FDA approval and receiving two stem cell transplants, one from his brother, Ethan announced that he was cancer free in March 2013 and remains in remission.

Grassroot Soccer, which Zohn co-founded after winning Survivor, uses the power of soccer to “Educate, Inspire and Mobilize” youth in Africa to stop the spread of HIV and AIDS, create more gender-equitable communities and make healthier life choices. Since 2009, Grassroot Soccer’s various endurance teams have raised over $2.2 million dollars for HIV and AIDS prevention education for youth in Africa.

“Running the Seattle marathon is an opportunity to celebrate the marathon of my life and to honor all the people who got me to this point including local biotech company Seattle Genetics whose ADCETRIS drug was a part of my treatment plan for Hodgkin’s lymphoma,” said Zohn. “I know what it’s like to be on the giving and receiving end of both a life changing diagnosis and of a charity. The funds we raise through these efforts will support the implementation of Grassroot Soccer’s innovative youth development curricula in communities across sub-Saharan Africa and beyond.”

Grassroot Soccer is an official charity partner of the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. Joining Zohn on the 23-member team are  Seattle Sounders fan favorite Roger Levesque, University of Washington Women’s Soccer Coach Amy Griffin, Clark College Men’s Soccer Coach Brett Jacobs, U.S. Soccer Scout Brad Agoos and 12 employees of Seattle Genetics who were inspired to participate by Zohn’s story. Zohn and Levesque are also scheduled to participate in the Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon on Saturday, November 28 at 10 a.m. PT.

In addition, donations made to the “42 for 42” campaign will be matched 1:1 by partners and friends of Grassroot Soccer, and are also eligible to win prizes.

Contributions of $100 or more will be entered to win:

·       Four VIP tickets to an NYCFC soccer game in 2016 (Nov. 16 - Dec. 1)

Contributions of $15 or more will be entered to win one:

·       Grassroot Soccer T-shirt

·       Autographed Survivor buff

·       Puma Running shoes

To help Ethan celebrate his 42nd birthday and to support the Grassroot Soccer team with a tax-free donation, please visit:

For updates on Ethan’s fundraising journey, follow @EthanZohn and @GrassrootSoccer.


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About Grassroot Soccer

Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an international adolescent health organization that educates, inspires and mobilizes young people to overcome their greatest health challenges and live healthier, more productive lives. GRS uses the power of soccer to connect young people with the mentors, information, and health services they need to thrive, and empowers adolescents to make educated choices about pressing health challenges such as HIV & AIDS, sexual health, gender-based violence, and malaria. GRS's evidence-based programs, led by trained local Caring Coaches, incorporate soccer into dynamic lessons about health and wellness that engage young people and break down cultural barriers. With proven results and a constant focus on research and innovation, GRS has reached over 1.2 million young people in nearly 50 countries with health education. For more information, visit


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November 15, 2015

Guest Blog: "Oh no.  I forgot my pins”, Running and Pre-Race Rituals

“Ritual is important to us as human beings. It ties us to our traditions and our histories.” Miller Williams

Runners are - if nothing else - creatures of habit.

I certainly fall into this category, once I find something that works for me I tend to follow that same pattern until it stops working or Nike changes my shoes (Flyknit Free 5.0 I still dream of you).  As far as I am concerned, it is only logical to continue on down a successful path (sometimes literally) until it stops producing the desired results.  So I wake up on short run mornings, eat a small banana, drink a small glass of water and head out the door once I have my clothes on.  On mornings when I have to run over 15m I wake up two hours before, eat a bowl of Shreddies mixed with Cheerios and go back to sleep.  I am so attached to the success of this mixture as a safe long run breakfast I will bring pre-mixed containers with me for out of town runs.  However, if you asked my friends what running ritual I adhere to most, they will undoubtedly tell you about my bib pins.  And so will I, in a little bit.

 It doesn’t matter what kind of runner you are: you could be the runner who goes around the block; the runner who goes with abandon furiously over trails and roads; the runner who is calculated, thoughtful and follows a prescribed training plan; or an elite athlete.  As runners we all have our individual quirks and more often than not, over time those running quirks turn into habits and the habits frequently give way to ritualized acts.  While these habits and rituals are with us during our daily runs and training plans, when we think of “rituals and running” the first thing that comes to mind is often race day.  According to the seemingly endless articles and blogs available, these race day rituals help us to calm nerves and may even result in faster and stronger race day performances.  This faster, stronger version of our running self may be because, as Mimi Winsberg writes, “Rituals function as a useful coping mechanism to deal with pre-race anxiety and the pressure to succeed. As well as preparing the athlete mentally, rituals help the athlete relax, shake feelings of self-doubt and feel confident. Confidence promotes performance.”

Like many acts associated with running, these confidence building actions are frequently private and individual.  It is unlikely that anyone else will see the token that we carry, the laying out of our race kit in a specific way, the deliberate ordering of songs in our playlist, the dinner we eat or the breakfast that we choose.  Nor will anyone see the million times that these items are checked and rechecked before we go to bed.  These rituals become an intimate and nuanced act before a public performance.  Maybe a little like checking your fly before you leave the house!  

While runners may have always shared their rituals with other runners, it has only been over the past few years with the rise of social media that these personal rituals have begun to find their way into a more public and visual space.  Running feeds on Twitter and Instagram are filled with pictures of race kits all laid out for the next day.  According to Heather Hausenblas, a physical activity and health psychologist at Jacksonville University, this public declaration of what used to be a private ritual has the potential to foster community and connection among runners (Shape 2015).  Arguably a side effect of this is that as runners we feel less awkward about how we ritualize an activity which we love so much.  It also provides a space to affirm ourselves as runners to people who may not know us, but that we want to know and connect to in the running world. 

And so to my pins: given the resultant emotions of relaxation, confidence and connection, it is no wonder that we as individuals and runners become so attached to these rituals.  I know that no matter how many races I do and what the distance, I always have a moment on race morning where self-doubt and anxiety peek through.  In those moments I wonder if I can really run what I showed up to run, having a concrete item from a previous successful run helps to quiet those voices in my head.  Thus my ritual has been to take my pins from the last race and attach them to my new bib.  When I first began to register for races, especially half marathons, this simple act was a reminder that my body could do the distance.  That I was capable of finishing the run.  Now I must admit, as I have gotten stronger and more confident as a runner I rely on my rituals less and less.  Partially because I do not need the reminder of my mental and physical capabilities in the same way that I did when I first started to sign up to races. It may be because of this burgeoning confidence that I sometimes forget to take my pins off my last bib the night before a race now.  That being said I still find strength and confidence in pinning my new bib with the last bibs pins and so I continue to try my best to remember my pins from the last race.  Which means that there is a strong chance if you see me on race day I will be wearing pins that did not come with kit pick up the day before.

What are your pre-race and race day rituals?  How committed to them are you?  Let me know by tagging @katanacious on twitter or instagram.

This blog was written by our Ambassador, Kat. 

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October 19, 2015

Roger Levesque to "Kick-off" the Kids Marathon

We're excited to announce that former Seattle Sounders player Roger Levesque will join us this year at the Seattle Children's Kids Marathon. Roger will "kick-off" the morning with warm-up cheers and stretches. Then, he will join everyone at the kids start line and lead the run around Seattle Center. 

Roger was ranked as one of the most influential players in sports and is still considered a favorite among the Seattle community. If you miss him on kids race day, watch him cross the finish line as he runs the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon on Sunday.

October 15, 2015

Guest Blog: Back of the Bib - Training Must-Haves

You have the date circled on your calendar. You have an excuse to eat whatever and however much you want at Thanksgiving. Most of your friends think you’re crazy. You’re signed up to run the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon.

Whether you’re new to large scale running events, or a seasoned veteran, you know training is important. Runners may not be superstitious, but we definitely have our routines. We all have training must-haves. Getting the must-haves right can be the difference between a satisfying outcome and a head scratcher on race day. So, how do you determine your training must-haves? What items should you add to your arsenal? We’ll see that just as everyone runs for different reasons, their training must-haves will differ too.

Shoes - If you’ve read Born to Run you know that no one wears shoes anymore… right? OK, as amazing as a book that was, most of us are probably going to keep some protection for such a vital body part to keep healthy. After listening to a variety of ages and abilities compare their shoe of choice at various running clubs, it seems each brand produces a loyal following. The shoes that perform best for you will probably be found through good old trial and error (and maybe style can sneak in as a factor).  Don’t be afraid to ask others for their opinions, but remember each person is unique.

Clothes - For anyone who participated in the Seattle Marathon last year, they will know a good Eskimo suit is crucial for success in this event (this year should be warmer). Last year’s arctic temperatures definitely ensured no one would overheat on their run. Running clothes, similar to shoes, come in all shapes and sizes, with too many brands to choose from. Thus, finding what material of clothing, fit, and style are best for you will come with practice. Don’t be set back by wardrobe malfunctions that lead to chafing, uncomfortable running, etc. Just move on the option and keep learning what works for you. 

Fuel: Food and Drink - All runners can probably agree on one outstanding benefit of running: a boosted metabolism and appetite. On race day, you probably don’t want to experiment with any meals or liquids you didn’t use in training. I’ve found a meal with adequate carbs the night before the race works well, although many believe in a more protein based meal. For the morning of, something you know you enjoy with a mix of grains and proteins should suffice. When you’re flying across the course, a healthy variety of gels, nutrient bars, or other light snacks can keep you feeling great. Throughout training, try to eat as healthy as possible (fruits, vegetables, whole foods - it’s that simple) but remember to treat yourself as needed to stay happy and sane.

Most Important: Attitude - If you don’t believe in mastering your running shoes, outfits, and meals, you’re in luck - the most important training must-have is a good attitude. Embracing the training miles, whether motivating yourself with a time goal, reward for finishing, or by running with others enduring the same experience, can pay huge dividends. Viewing training as enjoyable, something to celebrate, and a chance to improve will help you log your training miles with joy. Always remember how lucky we are to be running! See you on the course!

This blog was written by our Ambassador, Scott. 

Scott is a passionate runner who enjoys the marathon event for the completion aspect, rather than the time. He is currently a Masters of Accounting student at the University of Washington and will work for Moss Adams in Seattle upon graduation. His favorite places to run in Seattle include the Burke Gilman trail, the Arboretum, and any trail he can find.

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August 15, 2015


By Kristie

We’re halfway through Summer vacation and it’s time to get out of town if you haven’t already. But depending on your race schedule, you are probably somewhere in the midst of training for a late Summer or Fall race, and traveling and running don’t always mix. But that family vacation or dream trip to Paris doesn’t have to kill your hopes of a PR.

Some of us travel all the time and a little running away from home doesn’t even cause a ripple in the training plan, but most people only manage to get away for a week or two a year. (This blog is for you!) There are the tried and true methods: get up before your family, plan every run ahead of time, set reminders, and make the running your constant.  That is easier on a business trip, but on vacation, there will be days you wake up and the call of the beach will be stronger than that of the trail.

For me, the willingness to adapt is key, but more important is the knowledge that your race will not suffer after one vacation.

  • See the Gym Before you Book – Everyone will tell you to find a treadmill. I take that one step further and say: try to find a hotel that has photos of their treadmill or with reviews of their gym. More than once I have checked into a hotel advertising “state-of-the-art” equipment to find a beaten up, barely moving treadmill shoved into a dusty  corner of a hot room. I will now pay extra for the perfect fitness center, preferably one that overlooks the city or ocean.
  • Plan ahead so you can stray – Plan your routes ahead, as you don’t need that extra excuse to skip a run and you have an idea of where you are if you stray off the path. Don’t forget to look for routes with bathrooms, water fountains, and lights, because you should always plan for the unexpected! I like to look for lake loops or boardwalk runs that offer both scenery and facilities. But this is a great opportunity to get to know a new location. When I was in Norway, I looked at enough routes beforehand that I could go for  a run that sent me past major architectural highlights of Oslo without a plan; my three mile run turned to five as I explored. All  that planning ahead should be a guideline and will keep you going in the right direction when your GPS fails, but don’t be afraid to stray either. If your out in a new place for hours, use the time as part of your site seeing. Try to do at least one run in each city even if that is all the running you fit in your entire trip. I fully plan to run by the Eiffel Tour at sunrise at least once.

  • Schedule your training realistically – If you have an 18 miler scheduled on the day of your best friend’s wedding, it probably won’t happen. It probably also won’t happen the day before or the day after. Be realistic and adjust your schedule around your plans. Do that 18-miler the week before or the week after, and instead run an easy 12. If you’re spending two weeks touring Italy’s wine country, expect to drink wine. I know there are people out there who would forego to get proper training in, but I am not one to spend the time or money on a vacation that I’m not truly getting to experience. So plan your training around your trip not the other way around. This is a great time to schedule in some really good rest and recovery.
  • Think short but intense – When traveling you want to maximize your workout time and leave yourself some energy for the day ahead. If your Yasso 800s normally leave you sore, chose something easier. You don’t want to spend a day recovering when you could be siteseeing. Speedwork that kicks it up a notch for your lungs is a better choice than one that tires your legs. I like treadmill inclines and  speedwork while traveling so that I don’t have to venture far from the room and can get an intense workout without killing my legs.
  • Expect to miss at least one run – Whether you are stuck in the airport for six extra hours or getting to Pipa Beach took longer than expected, life happens. Life happens even more when you are not in your controlled daily environment. Right off the bat, just expect to run one less day at least each week you are traveling (plan your schedule that way). Then expect to miss a run you had planned. With that said, I no longer bring extra running clothes as they just take up suitcase space and I never find time for an “extra” run! Missing one workout doesn’t make or break your training. If your training before and after your trip is consistent, you will be fine. Your overall fitness is not about one individual workout. Use all your high expectations for a time without the stress or lack of sleep travel causes (or without the wine or that amazing free dinner with your co-workers or your family fighting over who gets the floatie). Life happens, let it happen, and enjoy it. Don’t let your training stress compound on your travel stress, or your future training and races will be affected way more than missing a workout. You need balance and can never let the thoughts in your head tear down the confidence in your ability.

  • Something is better than Nothing – Normally, I would never give this advice. I think if you are having a terrible horrible run–your tempo is off, your gait is wonky, or your wheezing like a songbird–then it is a sign that you need to rest. Go home, foam roll, and relax. I am a firm believer that overtraining is worse than anything else you can do to prepare for a race. But when traveling the “something is better than nothing” approach works well. Can’t squeeze in even an hour for a run for the five days of your family vacation, then spend 10 minutes crosstraining. I like to work on strengthening my weak hips and ankles. I also employ the balance while I brush my teeth exercises while on vacation (have to multi-task to allow for maximum fun time). Can’t find a treadmill or track for your 400 meter repeats, then find a hill for sprints, or one one block at a time for impromptu intervals. Walk instead of taking the metro to the museum, and then try to keep a decent pace. I aim for a 12-13 minute overall pace including waiting to cross streets and window shopping for a three to four mile walk; I leisurely stroll the rest of the day.

Try running outside at least once every new place you’re in.

There is also my favorite method of maintaining training while traveling: register for a race. I fully admit that I always look for a 10k or  half marathon on every trip that doesn’t already involve traveling to a race. This is probably more important if you are traveling as frequently as I have been the last few years, but it is a major motivator for staying on track.

This blog was written by our 10K Ambassador, Kristie. Read the original blog post, with images, here. You can find out more about Kristie by visiting her blog

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May 26, 2015


We love our running community and we know what you love: DEALS! So here's a hook up for all our early birds. Visit any of the store nights below and when you register for this year's Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon we'll give you...

  • $10 off the Early Bird price (that's $70 for the half marathon and $80 for the full)
  • A free gift from HOKA ONE ONE with every race entry
  • And ADDITIONAL $5 when you show up wearing your HOKAs! (That's $65 for the half marathon and $75 for the full!)

Stop by at any of the following store nights to take advantage:

  • Tuesday 5/26, 4-8pm @ Super Jock n Jill in Greenlake & Redmond
  • Wednesday 5/27, 5-8pm @ Fleet Feet Seattle
  • Thursday 5/28, 4-7pm @ West Seattle Runner

Tell everyone you know and we'll see you there!!

April 20, 2015


This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, one of the oldest marathons on the west coast. To celebrate, the nonprofit Seattle Marathon Association is inviting participants, spectators and press to join in a community birthday celebration with the mantra “We make 45 look good!” The race started in 1970, when a group of friends from the University of Washington decided to hold their own running event. Just 38 runners participated in that first Seattle Marathon. This year an estimated 10,000 runners and walkers will take on the course, on Sunday, November 29th.

“Some people don’t know the event has been such a part of Seattle history,” says Louise Long, Executive Director of the Seattle Marathon Association. “We are a community event and we’re looking to the celebration as a way to connect even deeper with our community.”

New features in honor of the special celebration include an exciting pre-race pasta/birthday party, special treats for participants turning 45, social media contests and the launch of a new Seattle Marathon Ambassador program. Visit for additional details and announcements.

The annual event takes place over Thanksgiving weekend (November 27 – 29th) and includes a free, two-day Health & Fitness Expo, as well as the Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon on November 28th. The Sunday main event includes the full and half marathon races, followed by a post-race Victory Recovery Area. The Seattle Marathon Association also hosts the Seattle Marathon 10K Summer Race and Kids Fun Run, held Saturday, August 22nd at Gas Works Park. To learn more, or to sign up to run, walk or volunteer, visit

About the Seattle Marathon Association: 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. 


November 2, 2014

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

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!



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.

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.


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:

Seattle Police Department – Safety and Prevention
Office of Emergency Management – Preparedness
Office of Emergency Management – Emergency Resources
Fire Marshal, State of Maryland – Crowd Manager Training Program
International Code Council – Crowd Manager Training/ Fire Safety
The Examiner – How to Help in Times of Disaster Without Making it Worse
FEMA – Information on CERT’s (Community Emergency Response Teams)
IFEA – Protective Measures Guide for the U.S. Outdoor Venues Industry

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:

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.



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 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 for 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, 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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