To paraphrase an old saying, running is absurdly simple, but the father you go, it ain't easy.
The same notion holds true with organizing, facilitating and coordinating a running event.
Whether it's planning an impromptu scamper around the block for the neighbor kids or arranging a carefully orchestrated run like the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon on Nov. 27, there is one element that is needed for both to pull it off and make it happen.
That element is the dedicated volunteers who either give of themselves, their time, or provide some tangible resource of support to all runners in the event.
Earlier in the year, I volunteered at the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon vendor booth at the Tacoma City Marathon expo. I couldn’t help but notice several members of the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard ‘Fast Attack’ run group picking up their run packets for the event, along with a smattering of Army personnel from nearby Joint Base Lewis McChord. There were others, obvious due to their manner, their comportment, the way they carried themselves.
The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, Seattle’s hometown marathon has become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for runners and walkers in the Pacific Northwest.
Who we are
The Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) is a non profit 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. 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.