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November 25, 2012

Steidl and Carter win today's Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

Uli Steidl, 40, of Seattle, WA, won today's 2012 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon with a finishing time of 2:28:26. Steidl, who captured his ninth Seattle Marathon win, was one of nearly 10,000 people to cross the finish line today.

The first female finisher for the full marathon was Kristen Carter, 25, of Bellingham, WA, with a time of 2:47:04.

The 2012 Seattle Marathon Family of Events included today's full 26.2-mile marathon run, as well as a full marathon walk. It also included a 13.1-mile half marathon run and a half marathon walk. The half marathon was won by Jonathan Lafler, 22, of Maple Valley, WA. He completed the 13.1-mile course in a time of 1:08:31. The first female to complete the half marathon was Rachel Jaten, 37, of Spokane, WA, with a time of 1:21:18.

A total of 9,346 people competed in today's events. These included 2,156 participants in the full marathon; 70 in the full marathon walk; 6,499 in the half marathon run; 621 in the half marathon walk.

November 3, 2012

Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Offers Discounts to NYC Runners

Athletes who had registered for the New York Marathon can receive 20 percent discount off the registration fee for the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon.

In a show of support for the running community, the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon is offering a 20 percent discount to runners who had registered for the 2012 New York City Marathon, which has been canceled in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

“We believe this is the right thing to do, to try and give these athletes an opportunity to put their months of training and hard work to good use,” said Louise Long, executive director of the Seattle Marathon Association. “The events of the last week in the Northeast have been tragic. We are hoping this, even if in just a small way, will help some of the affected athletes move forward.”

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon will be held Nov. 25. Runners who submit proof of registration for this year’s NYC Marathon to the Seattle Marathon Association will receive 20 percent off the 2012 marathon entry fee, reducing the cost to $100. Or, they can receive a $10 discount on the 2012 Amica Insurance Seattle Half-Marathon, bringing the cost down to $80.

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon is a Boston Qualifier and a USATF-certified course. The marathon starts in Seattle Center, travels through downtown, along the shores of Lake Washington and through Washington Park Arboretum before finishing at Memorial Stadium.

The Seattle Marathon was founded in 1970, and has grown to become one of the premier running events on the West Coast. In 2011, the SMA Expo attracted more than 40,000 people, and the marathon generates $5 million for the local economy, according to the Seattle Convention and Visitors Bureau.

October 10, 2012

Uli Steidl Wins US National Masters Marathon Title

Uli Steidl

Uli Steidl, assistant coach for the Seattle University cross country and track & field teams, added another title to his already-crowded trophy case, winning the 2012 United States Masters Marathon Championships Sunday morning, held in conjunction with the Medtronic Twin Cities Marathon.

Steidl posted a time of 2:20:59, finishing 13th overall among all 8,781 finishers of the marathon. He crossed the finish line one minute and 15 seconds ahead of the second place finisher in the masters division, Malcolm Campbell of Marietta, Ga., to earn his first United States title since becoming a citizen of the country over two years ago.

In April, Steidl won the masters division at the 2012 Boston Marathon, earning his second career top-15 finish at the historic race. He has previously won the Seattle Marathon eight times and the Vancouver Marathon on five occasions, plus he still holds the record for the Portland Marathon, winning the 1997 edition of the race in 2:17.21.

From Seattle University Press Release, Oct 8, 2012.

September 30, 2012

Berlin Marathon 2012 Results

Geoffrey Mutai of Kenya re-established his claim to be the world's best marathoner this morning, but only just.

Mutai won the 39th BMW Berlin Marathon in 2.04.15, narrowly beating his training partner, Dennis Kimetto, who clocked the fastest marathon debut in history, 2.04.16. Another Kenyan debutant, 19 year old Geoffrey Kipsang was third in 2.06.12.

Mutai, 31 next week, clocked the fastest marathon in history when he won a windswept Boston 2011, in 2.03.02. The drop on the point-to-point course means that the time was not considered for a world record. That honour went to his compatriot Patrick Makau, who won here in Berlin a year ago, in 2.03.38. But Mutai underlined his winning credentials when he won New York Marathon a month later, also in a course record (2.05.06).

But Mutai dropped out of this year’s Boston race, and, like Makau suffered the vagaries of Kenyan selection policy when he was not considered for the Olympic Games in London.

Determined to attack Makau’s time on a Berlin course which has hosted seven word records in the last 15 years, Mutai’s attempt seemed doomed at halfway, in 62min 12sec, when he and colleagues, Kimetto, Kipsang and Jonathan Maiyo were over 30 seconds down on their target time.

But so speedy was Mutai with a surge between 30 and 35k (14.18), which killed off Maiyo and Kipsang, that a record seemed a distinct possibility with just three kilometres left to run. But that effort had put paid to the record chances, and interest switched to Kimetto’s challenge.

Kimetto, 28, had won both the Berlin half-marathon and the Berlin 25k (in a world best) earlier this year, with second half surges; and looked so comfortable loping alongside Mutai that a third Berlin victory this year seemed a distinct possibility. Even when Mutai took a couple of metres lead after 35k, he could not drop the younger man. But Kimetto’s challenge evaporated in the final stages when he failed to pressure Mutai, and seemed content to follow his colleague home a stride or two down.

The finish recalled the circumstances of Paul Tergat’s 2.04.55 world record run here in 2003, when it looked as if Sammy Kosgei, who had kept going after his pace making duties, to finish just one second behind, was reluctant to challenge his celebrated colleague.

Nevertheless, he pronounced himself well satisfied with his speedy debut, and Mutai immediately said he thought his younger colleague was a potential world record holder. As for himself, Mutai said, “We had a chance to break the world record, but the first half was a little slow. I tried to push it afterwards, but I was having a problem with my left leg, so I just tried to maintain the pace ‘til the finish. But I’m happy with that.”

Mutai’s time is the fastest of the year, and victory secures him the overall men’s prize in the World Marathon Majors 2011-12. Mutai and Kimetto ran the fourth and fifth fastest times in history (discounting Boston), and nine runners have now broken 2.05 this year, also a best.

The women’s race was more straightforward, and also ended in a one-two for training partners, the Ethiopians Aberu Kebede and Tirfi Tsegaye. Kebede won here in wind and rain in 2010. The contrast in conditions could not have been more marked. Both races began in bright sunshine at 9am, but with a perfect temperature of 10C (48F), rising to 14C (55F) by the finish; with little wind to hinder progress. And though she was accompanied well past halfway, when Kebede surged ahead of her colleague after 30k, she went on to win as easily as two years ago, albeit some three and a half minutes faster, and in a personal best by three seconds. Tsegaye also improved her best by over 20 seconds, while third placer, Olena Shurhno set a Ukraine national record of 2.23.32.

BERLIN RESULTS – MEN

PlaceAthlete NameNationTime
1Geoffrey MUTAIKEN2.04.15
2Dennis KIMETTOKEN2.04.16
3Geoffrey KISANGKEN2.06.12
4Nicholas KAMAKYAKEN2.08.28
5Josphat KEIYOKEN2.08.41
6Josphat JEPKOPOLKEN2.08.44
7Jonathan MAIYOKEN2.09.19
8Eliud KIPTANUIKEN2.09.59
9Felix KENYKEN2.10.22
10Masakazu FUJIWARAJAP2.11.31

BERLIN RESULTS – WOMEN

PlaceAthlete NameNationTime
1Aberu KEBEDEETH2.20.30
2Tirfi TSEGAYEETH2.21.19
3Olena SHURHNOUKR2.23.32
4Flomena CHEPCHIRCHIRKEN2.24.56
5Fate TOLAETH2.25.14
6Alevtina BIKTIMIROVARUS2.28.45
7Caroline CHEPKWONYKEN2.30.34
8Anna HAHNERGER2.30.37
9Sonia SAMUELSGBR2.30.56
10Degefa BIRUKTAYITETH2.33.27

September 10, 2012

Patrick Makau Awarded AIMS World’s Fastest Time Award

Patrick Makau wins AIMS Fastest Time Award.
Patrick Makau wins AIMS Fastest Time Award.

Kenyan athlete Patrick Makau has been awarded the AIMS World’s Fastest Time Award in recognition of his World Record breaking time of 2:03:38 set in the Berlin Marathon.

In Prague, Czech Republic, Makau’s great achievement was given global recognition during a presentation at the Mayor’s Residence, Prague. Patrick was presented with his award during an awards ceremony just one day before the Mattoni Prague Grand Prix, taking place in the city on Saturday the 8th of September. Patrick Makau competed in the Metro 10K Race, which is a part of Mattoni Prague Grand Prix alongside with the adidas Women’s Race 5 km. Patrick was presented with his award by City of Prague Representative Jiri Nouza, AIMS Board Member Bruno Boukobza and President of the Organizing Committee for the Prague International Marathon, Carlo Capalbo.

Makau (27) broke the World Record at the Berlin Marathon on the 25th of September 2011. Competing against the then World Record holder Haile Gebrselassie, Patrick would win the race and in doing so, set a World Record time 21 seconds faster than the previous record. Patrick’s time of 2.03.38 has been officially recognised as the world record by the IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federations) and is also endorsed by AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races), which represents over 330 distance running events in 96 countries and territories.

AIMS have been awarding the AIMS World’s Fastest Time Award to male and female athletes in recognition of World Record breaking performances since 1985. Patrick is the 18th recipient of the AIMS World’s Fastest Time Award. This is the second time that Patrick has been given an award by AIMS. His outstanding performances in 2010 were recognised with the AIMS World Athlete of the Year Award.

President of the Organizing Committee for the Prague International Marathon, Carlo Capalbo comments: “I am delighted to be able to present this award to Patrick on the occasion of the Mattoni Prague Grand Prix. We are honoured that AIMS has chosen our event to host this prestigious ceremony.”

AIMS President Paco Borao comments: “We are delighted to give Patrick this award on behalf of the 330 AIMS members in over 96 countries and territories throughout the World. Patrick is a fantastic athlete and we are pleased to recognise his great achievement with this award.”

Patrick Makau comments: “I would like to thank AIMS and the IAAF for this extremely illustrious award. It is a great honour to look at the list of previous winners of this award and to see my name listed alongside them.”

April 17, 2012

Uli Steidl Wins Masters Division at Boston Marathon

Uli Steidl, assistant cross country and track and field coach for Seattle University, won the Masters Divison at Monday's Boston Marathon with a time of 2:23.08. He placed 15th overall.

Steidl is a past, multi-time winner of the Seattle Marathon. We congratulate Uli on his recent success at Boston!

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February 14, 2012

UW Medicine Signs on for Seventh Year as Medical Sponsor of Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

For the seventh consecutive year, UW Medicine has signed on as the medical sponsor of the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon 2012 to be held Sunday, November 25, 2012, just east of the Experience Music Project on 5th Avenue between Harrison and Mercer Streets.

UW Medicine’s team of healthcare professionals will include physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and athletic trainers, who will be stationed along the course and at the finish line. Skilled in caring for endurance athletes, each team member will be on hand at medical tents designated with a large red cross and located next to water stations. Medic One paramedics also will roam the course on bikes in between the medical stations, and HAM radio operators along the course will have a direct line to the main medical facility at the finish to assist in getting on-course medical care or in providing transportation for those in need. After crossing the finish line, marathoners can head inside the Victory Recovery Area for less acute medical needs and to rehydrate.

This year’s marathon also marks the 12th anniversary of UW Medical Center’s (UWMC’s) sponsorship of Team Transplant, a group of UWMC organ transplant recipients, faculty physicians, staff, family and friends who have participated in the Seattle Marathon since 2001 to raise awareness about organ donation. The team was founded and is coached by Alysun Deckert, a UWMC dietitian and past Olympic trials qualifier. UW Medicine has been a leader in organ transplantation in the Northwest for more than 40 years. The first kidney transplant in the region took place at UW Medical Center in 1968, the first heart transplant in 1985, and the first liver transplant in 1990. It is the only medical center in Western Washington to perform adult heart, liver and lung transplants.

From its beginnings in 1970 when a group of friends from the University of Washington decided to hold their own marathon, the Seattle Marathon Family of Events has grown into the largest combination marathon/half marathon in the Northwest and one of the top ten largest in the U.S. That first marathon 42 years ago sported 38 runners. This year, more than 17,000 participants are expected for the marathon and half marathon walking and running events.

To learn more, or to sign up to run, walk or volunteer, visit www.seattlemarathon.org.

About UW Medicine

UW Medicine trains health professionals and medical scientists, conducts research to improve health and prevent disease worldwide, and provides primary and specialty care to patients throughout Seattle/King County and the WWAMI (Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho) region. UW Medicine 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. UW Medicine also shares in the ownership and governance of the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with Seattle Children’s Hospital and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center and in the ownership of Children’s University Medical Group with Seattle Children’s Hospital. UW Medicine has major academic and service affiliations with Seattle Children’s Hospital, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, the Veteran’s Affairs Puget Sound Health Care System in Seattle, and the VA Hospital in Boise, Idaho.

To learn more, visit www.uwmedicine.org.

January 15, 2012

U.S. Marathon Olympic Team Named

On January 14, 2012, USA Track & Field and the Houston Marathon Committee hosted the men’s and women’s Olympic Trials Marathon to determine the three men and three women who will represent the United States in the marathon at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. This was the first time in history that both the men’s and women’s U.S. marathon trials were held on the same day at the same site.

U.S. Olympic Trials Women’s Marathon Results

PlaceAthlete NameAgeResidenceAffiliationTimeBack
1Shalane Flanagan30Portland, OROregon TC Elite2:25:38+0:00
2Desiree Davila28Rochester Hills, MIHansons-Brooks Distance Project2:25:55+0:17
3Kara Goucher33Portland, OROregon TC Elite2:26:06+0:28

U.S. Olympic Trials Men’s Marathon Results

PlaceAthlete NameAgeResidenceAffiliationTimeBack
1Meb Keflezighi36Mammoth Lakes, CANew York Athletic Club (NYAC)2:09:08+0:00
2Ryan Hall29Mammoth Lakes, CAAsics2:09:30+0:22
3Abdi Abdirahman33Tucson, AZNike2:09:47+0:39

September 26, 2011

Marathon World Record Broken

Patrick Makau of Kenya sets new marathon world record in Berlin

Patrick Makau wins 2011 Berlin Marathon and breaks world record.

Photo by Christian Petersen-Clausen

The 38th BMW Berlin Marathon lived up to all expectations, with the seventh world record in 13 years, this time for defending champion Patrick Makau of Kenya, who first broke Haile Gebreselassie, then took the Ethiopian legend’s world record from him, with 2.03.38.

Gebrselassie, who stopped in discomfort when Makau surged away, recommenced and briefly reclaimed second place, but eventually dropped out at the 35k point.

The men’s race was forecast to be a duel between the elder statesman Gebrselassie, aged 38, and the young pretender, 26-year-old Makau; so it turned out, briefly, but not before an intriguing prelude to halfway and beyond, when the pair were led by half a dozen (Kenyan) pacemakers, and accompanied by Kimaiyo, John Kyui and Emmanuel Samal, also all Kenyan.

Setting out with the intention to pass halfway in 62 minutes, the group prepared the path for Makau’s eventual double triumph by going through the ‘half’ in 61.44. Gebrselassie was always at the head of the group in the lee of the pacers throughout this early stage. He only began to concede the ‘lead’ between 24k and 25k, and that proved to be a sign of things to come.

At 26k, Makau decided he’d had enough of the procession. His initial acceleration dropped his trio of colleagues- Kyui, Kimaiyo and Samal – and then he got to work on Gebrselassie. Makau spurted past the pacemakers, and began weaving across to the road, in an obvious attempt to unsettle the Ethiopian master.

It worked almost immediately. Barely 200m later, Gebrselassie dropped back, veered to the right side of the road, and stopped. He was joined by race director, Mark Milde, following on his customary bicycle. While Makau continued his relentless assault on Gebrselassie’s record, the man himself was bent double, shaking his hand to indicate breathing difficulties. However, within a minute, he straightened up, and began pursuit. Makau was gone, but the Ethiopian successfully passed Kimaiyo, and went back into second place. But he was running on borrowed time. Though still second at 35k, he dropped out shortly afterwards.

The measure of how difficult it would have been to combat Makau is that the Kenyan ran his second half in 61.54, that’s to say, just ten seconds slower than the group had run the first half. It was an extraordinary demonstration of his strength and talent. Added to which, he finished with a flourish. Heading towards the parallel women’s finish, he had to jump a temporary curb, separating it from the men’s finish, before he grabbed the finish tape in exultation, having shattered Gebrselassie’s previous world record of 2.03.59, set here in 2008, by 21 seconds.

Of the moves which disposed so successfully of Gebrselassie, he said afterwards, “It is one of my tactics. I did some zig-zags, to confuse him. I had a lot of energy, and wanted to tire him. He was trying to use me, to maintain the pace, and I wanted to run alone, either behind him or to the side, so I did a zig-zag to one side and he followed, I did it to the other side, and the next time, I couldn’t see him.

“This (world record) is very special for the Kenyans, especially beating the Ethiopians. Everyone in Kenya will be happy for me...I only had a pacemaker until 32k, so I had to do the last 10k alone. I think if someone was with me, I can run faster, but I think someone else can run faster also. But I knew at 32k that I could win and break the world record, even though I had to do the last part by myself. Today was my day.”

Berlin, Sunday, September 25, 2011


RESULTS - MEN
1Patrick MAKAUKEN2.03.38
2Stephen KwelioCHE/KEN2.07.55
3Emannuel KIMAIYOKEN2.09.50
4Felix LIMOKEN2.10.38
5Scott OVERALLGBR2.10.55
6Ricardo SERRANOESP2.13.32
7Pedro NIMOESP2.13.34
8Simon MUNYUTUKEN2.14.20
9Driss EL HIMERFRA2.14.46
10Hendrick RAMAALASAF2.16.00
RESULTS - WOMEN
1Florence KIPLAGATKEN2.19.44
2Irina MIKITENKOGER2.22.18
3Paula RADCLIFFEGBR2.23.46
4Atsede HABTAMUETH2.24.25
5Tatyana PETROVARUS2.25.01
6Anna INCERTIITA2.25.32
7Rosaria CONSOLEITA2.26.10
8Valeria STRANEOITA2.26.33
9Eri OKUBOJPN2.28.49
10Miranda BOONSTRANED2.29.23

[Compiled from a globerunner.org news release]

August 1, 2011

Seattle’s Newest Summer 10k Race

The Seattle Marathon Association is teaming up with Seattle Center to bring the first annual Seattle Marathon 10k Race: Presented by The Next 50 at Seattle Center. Held on Saturday, August 27th, 2011, this is the summer 10k race you’ve been waiting for. The race is being held in conjunction with and benefits the Seattle Center 50th Anniversary Celebration in 2012 and will be an event you won’t want to miss.

In Seattle Marathon style, the 10k will start and end at Seattle Center, traveling through downtown Seattle, past Pike Place Market overlooking the waterfront piers before turning around to head onto the Alaskan Way viaduct. The course then heads north on Aurora through Queen Anne, turning back around and exiting at Mercer to finish near the International Fountain. Visit www.seattlemarathon.org for more information.

Join us for this inaugural race and be a part of a historic celebration!

About The Next Fifty: The Next Fifty is a six-month celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. The 1962 World’s Fair launched Seattle’s future as one of the world’s most vibrant cities. In 2012 we will celebrate the 50th anniversary and envision the next 50 years of innovation for our region.

From April 21 to October 21, 2012, people throughout the community will come together at festivals and concerts, exhibits and demonstrations, speaker series and forums to envision the future of a region that is home to creative and practical solutions for the world’s biggest issues.

May 23, 2011

Allen Schauffler to Announce Seattle Marathon 10k Race

Allen Schauffler

KING 5 News anchor and avid runner scheduled as announcer for the inaugural Seattle Marathon 10K Race presented by Next 50 Seattle Center.

Allen Schauffler currently co-anchors the top-rated weekend evening editions of KING 5 News at 5pm, 6:30pm, 10pm and 11pm, with Mimi Jung. He also reports weekly in segments called “Legally Speaking,” addressing legal and consumer issues.

Schauffler is not new to sports reporting, having reported live from the 2006 Winter Olympic Games in Torino, Italy, the 2004 Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece, the 2002 Winter Olympic Games in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia.

Schauffler is originally from Portland, Oregon. He received his master of arts in broadcasting from San Francisco State University and a bachelor of arts in literature from Brown University. Schauffler has served as a board member of the Easter Seal Society of Washington and enjoys soccer, reading, golf, and travel. He and his wife Cynthia share their home with two cats and a dog.

April 25, 2011

Amica Insurance Renews its Title Sponsorship
of the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

The Amica Insurance and Seattle Marathon Association partnership
will continue for another five years

Amica Insurance is proud to announce that it will be the title sponsor of the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon for the next five years.

The marathon, which takes place each year over Thanksgiving weekend, has become a tradition for the city of Seattle. Nearly 17,000 people participated in the marathon series of events last year, which was the 40th birthday of the Seattle Marathon Association.

Amica has sponsored the event for the past four years, and that partnership now will continue through 2016.

“Amica is thrilled to announce its new five-year partnership with the Seattle Marathon Association, especially given the success of Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon these past four years,” said Julie Montalbano, sponsorship supervisor at Amica Insurance. “This partnership will help ensure continued success of the marathon, while supporting the marathon community by providing an outstanding assortment of events for race enthusiasts of all ages.”

“It’s a privilege to have Amica Insurance with us for another five years. Amica understands the importance of customer service and treating people with respect. These are values the Seattle Marathon Association has promoted for more than 40 years,” said Seattle Marathon Association Board President John Kokes. “We look forward to continuing this great partnership.”

This year’s Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, Marathon Walk, Half Marathon and Half Marathon Walk will take place Nov. 27. All events will start and end at the historic Seattle Center downtown and will traverse the streets of the Emerald City, affording sweeping vistas of this important seaport town.

The marathon course is USATF- and AIMS-certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Visit www.seattlemarathon.org to find out more about the race and to sign up as a participant.

About Amica Mutual Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.

Amica Insurance Renews its Title Sponsorship of both the
Amica Marathon and Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

Amica Insurance continues to show their support for the running community

Amica Insurance is proud to announce that it will be the title sponsor of both the Amica Marathon in Newport, RI, and the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon in Seattle, WA, for the next five years.

“Amica is thrilled to announce its new five-year partnerships with these two races, especially given the success of the past events,” said Julie Montalbano, sponsorship supervisor at Amica Insurance. “These partnerships will help ensure continued success of the marathons, while supporting the marathon community by providing an outstanding assortment of events for race enthusiasts of all ages.”

Amica has sponsored the Amica Marathon, formerly known as the Breakers Marathon, for the past four years. The name was changed to the Amica Marathon in 2009. This year’s weekend-long event will be held Oct. 15 and 16 and will feature the Amica Marathon, a half marathon and a 5K race. Nearly 5,000 people participated in the 2010 event and even more are expected this year.

“Eident Sports is pleased to extend our partnership with Amica Insurance through 2016,” said Brewer Rowe, executive vice president of Eident Sports Marketing, organizer of the Amica Marathon. “With Amica's vision and support of the running community, the Amica Marathon has become the fastest growing race in New England in the last couple of years and we look forward to continued growth and success.”

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, which takes place each year over Thanksgiving weekend, has become a tradition in the city of Seattle. Nearly 17,000 people participated in the marathon series of events last year, which marked the 40th birthday of the Seattle Marathon Association. Amica has also sponsored this event for the past four years

This year’s Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, Marathon Walk, Half Marathon and Half Marathon Walk will take place Nov. 27. All events will start and end at the historic Seattle Center downtown and will traverse the streets of the Emerald City, affording sweeping vistas of this important seaport town.

“It’s a privilege to have Amica Insurance back with us for another five years,” said Seattle Marathon Association Board President John Kokes. “Amica understands the importance of customer service and treating people with respect. These are values the Seattle Marathon Association has promoted for more than 40 years. We look forward to continuing this great partnership.”

For more information about the Amica Marathon, please visit AmicaMarathon.com. For more information about the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, visit SeattleMarathon.org.

About Amica Mutual Insurance

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.

About Eident Sports Marketing

Eident Sports is a full-service event management and sports marketing company based in Providence, RI. Eident has several properties in the region, ranging from turn-key sporting events to sponsorship sales alliances with key partners. For more information on Eident’s events and offerings, please visit eidentsports.com

November 19, 2010

Soldiers Will Shine in this Year's Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

Several to run in honor of others wounded or killed in Iraq and Afghanistan

Thousands of runners will take to the streets on November 28 to participate in the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. Among them will be soldiers who participated in the marathon last year—not here, but in a shadow run at a military base in Baghdad.

Following the successful Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Baghdad Shadow Run, which took place in Baghdad, Iraq in November 2009, the Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) has teamed up with MAJ Mark Piccone, MAJ Mike Moore and the soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) once again. They have formed the 2010 Iraq/Afghanistan Remembrance Run Group to participate in this year's Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Family of Events in honor of those who died or were wounded in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

First, a team will be running in the Seattle Marathon 5K Race presented by Road Runner Sports on November 27. This team from JBLM will consist of wounded warriors accompanied by un-injured battle buddies, soldiers and some family members of soldiers killed in battle.

In addition, a group of more than 49 soldiers will be participating in the Amica Insurance Half and Full Marathons on November 28.

Soldiers will also participate in this year's Family of Events in a number of ways other than running. They will pass out finisher medals at the marathon and half marathon finish line, as well as host a booth at the Health+Fitness Expo to bring attention to the long struggle wounded soldiers have on the road to recovery.

In further support of the soldiers, SMA has brought on Operation Ward 57 as an official charity partner of the 2010 Event. This charity supports wounded warriors as they recover from severe injuries. Participants may donate to Operation Ward 57 when they register online or through the Charity Partner page. SMA also encourages support for the Wounded Warrior Project, another charity that supports wounded warriors throughout the recovery process.

Operation Ward 57 is one of many organizations that will benefit from this year's race. All runners are encouraged to collect donations for their favorite cause or charity, and the Seattle Marathon Association makes that easy to do by using the Active Giving program on Active.com.

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, Marathon Walk, Half Marathon and Half Marathon Walk will take place Nov. 28. All events will start and end at the historic Seattle Center downtown and will traverse the streets of the Emerald City, showcasing the sweeping vistas of this important seaport town. The marathon course is USATF- and AIMS-certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Visit www.seattlemarathon.org to find out more about the race and to sign up as a participant.

Operation Ward 57's mission statement is to support wounded warriors, their families and medical staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center by providing items that assist in recovery, maintenance and morale of the hospital environment and through advocacy, education and promotion of their circumstances.

About Amica Insurance:

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.

October 20, 2010

Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Announces New Charity Partnership

Thousands of runners will take to the streets on Nov. 28 to participate in the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. Among them will be soldiers who participated in the marathon last year—not here, but in a shadow run at a military base in Baghdad.

Maj. Mark Piccone, who organized the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon 2009 Baghdad Shadow Run in Iraq, and fellow serviceman Maj. Mike Moore have formed the 2010 Iraq/Afghanistan Remembrance Run Group in Fort Lewis, WA, to participate in this year's Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon.

They’ll be running to honor all members of the military, at home and abroad.

The Seattle Marathon Association also supports the military and is giving all participants in this year's marathon the opportunity to easily donate to Operation Ward 57 (OW57), which helps support wounded soldiers, by adding the organization to the race’s online registration listing and form.

"By creating this charity partnership, the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon wants to give the opportunity to runners to say thank you to our fellow Americans who dedicate their lives to serving our country,” said John Kokes, board president of the Seattle Marathon Association.

Operation Ward 57 is one of many organizations that will benefit from this year's race. All runners are encouraged to collect donations for their favorite cause or charity, and the Seattle Marathon Association makes that easy by using the Active Giving program on Active.com.

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, Marathon Walk, Half Marathon and Half Marathon Walk will take place Nov. 28. All events will start and end at the historic Seattle Center downtown and will traverse the streets of the Emerald City, affording sweeping vistas of this important seaport town. The marathon course is USATF- and AIMS-certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Visit www.seattlemarathon.org to find out more about the race and to sign up as a participant.

Operation Ward 57's mission statement is to support wounded warriors, their families and medical staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center by providing items that assist in recovery, maintenance and morale of the hospital environment and through advocacy, education and promotion of their circumstances.

August 18, 2010

Seattle Marathon Association Announces Partnership with Girls on the Run of Puget Sound

Non-Profits use running to encourage healthy lifestyles for kids

The Seattle Marathon Association announces today that it has brought on Girls on the Run of Puget Sound as an Official Partner of the 2010 Seattle Marathon Family of Events, which includes the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, the Seattle Marathon 5k Race: presented by Road Runner Sports and the Seattle Children's Kids Marathon.

“I am happy to have such a great organization partnering with our event,’ says Louise Long, Race Director for the Seattle Marathon events. “We share a common goal of promoting fitness and healthy lifestyles for kids.”

An active lifestyle is a key component of good health for all school-age kids and the partnership of the Seattle Marathon Association and Girls on the Run of Puget Sound will encourage training for age-appropriate running activities, such as the kids’ marathon and 5k race. The Seattle Children's Kids Marathon is structured to allow children — kindergarten through eighth grade—to complete a full 26.2-mile marathon at a rate that is fun and safe for their growing bodies...one mile at a time.

Recognizing, however, that good health relates to more than just exercise, the kids marathon also encourages them to read 13 books and perform 13 do rights (good deeds).

“When a child trains for a running event, not only does her level of fitness increase, but she also learns lessons that equip her with essential life skills,” says Kerin Brasch, Executive Director for Girls on the Run of Puget Sound. “This partnership will enable us to impact the lives of more children than ever before as both organizations are dedicated to improving the health of our community,” Brasch adds.

This year’s kids marathon marks the 12th occurrence of the annual event and will take place on SATURDAY, November 27th at 10:00 AM at the Seattle Center. The start line, where kids begin their final 1.2 miles, is on the corner of 5th and Harrison.

For more info, see:

August 17, 2010

Saucony Announces Sponsorship of Seattle Marathon

Brand commits to four-year partnership as exclusive footwear and apparel sponsor

Saucony, Inc, a leading global supplier of performance athletic footwear and apparel, today announced its four-year exclusive footwear and apparel sponsorship of the Seattle Marathon. The 2010 race, celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Seattle Marathon, takes place Sunday, November 28th at the historic Seattle Center in downtown Seattle. The Seattle Marathon family of events includes the Marathon Run, Marathon Walk, Half Marathon Run, Half Marathon Walk, 5K, and Kids Marathon.

“The Seattle Marathon is a not only a Northwest tradition but one of the premier running events in the region,” said Mark Bossardet, vice president of sports marketing for Saucony. “This partnership underlines our continued commitment to the Pacific Northwest running community and allows us to come together to celebrate 40 years of great distance running. We’re confident that together, we will take this event to an entirely new level.”

As part of its sponsorship activation strategy, the brand will provide all of the marathon and half marathon participants with a long-sleeve Saucony technical fabric race shirt. Volunteers for the event will also be outfitted in Saucony apparel, as well as footwear.

“The Seattle Marathon has been growing strong for 40 years thanks to the support of devoted volunteers, runners and sponsors,” said Louise Long, Seattle Marathon race director.  “We’re thrilled to welcome Saucony as our official footwear and apparel sponsor and look forward to inspiring even more runners to experience this classic event.”

The Seattle Marathon, one of the two oldest marathons on the west coast, is USATF and AIMS (Association of International Marathons and Distance Races) certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifier.

For more info, see:

February 19, 2010

Logo Created To Commemorate 2500th Anniversary of the Marathon

2500 Years of the MarathonThis year marks the 2500th anniversary of the marathon and to commemorate this historic occasion the Hellenic Athletics Federation (SEGAS) and the Athens Classic Marathon (ACM) Organizing Committee, in collaboration with AIMS, have created a unique logo.

In 2010, the world Marathon movement celebrates the 2500th anniversary of the Marathon Battle (490 BC) and the legend of Pheidippides the Greek soldier-runner who ran from the village of Marathon to Athens bearing the message of victory to the Athenians. This legend provided the impetus for the establishment of the Marathon as an event during the first Modern Olympic Games, held in Athens in 1896.

The logo created to mark the 2500th anniversary of the legend of the Marathon is available for use as a supplementary item by race organisations during the year 2010, highlighting the importance and symbolism for world peace and solidarity that the year 2010 brings. The logo and conditions of use are available for download at www.aimsworldrunning.org.

Hiroaki Chosa, President of AIMS (Association of International Marathons & Distance Races) commented: “2010 is an important year in the history of marathon running, marking the 2500th anniversary of the historical run from Marathon to Athens. AIMS is delighted to endorse the use of this logo amongst our 300 member races in 85 countries in order to acknowledge this great occasion.”

AIMS is the world body for marathons and distance races and has over 300 member races across 85 different countries around the world for background information please see www.aimsworldrunning.org.

November 11, 2009

Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon 2009 Shadow Run in Baghdad

March 22, 2009

May 9th is National Run a Mile Day

NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAY is a youth and adult fitness event sponsored by the American Running Association. The goals of the RUN A MILE event are to celebrate the mile and encourage people of all ages, especially children from elementary to middle school ages, to participate in running the mile. NATIONAL RUN A MILE DAY shall be a festive event that promotes the message that running can be fun and is an important aspect of overall health, fitness and well-being.

November 4, 2008

Road Runner Sports Named Presenting Sponsor
for Seattle Marathon 5K Race

We are happy to announce that Road Runner Sports will be the presenting sponsor for the inaugural edition of the Seattle Marathon 5K Race on November 29th, 2008.

The Seattle Marathon Association Board of Directors were thrilled when Road Runner Sports signed on as sponsor. "The Seattle Marathon Association couldn't have asked for a more appropriate sponsor for the Seattle Marathon 5K. Road Runner Sports is a highly respected member of the running community and perfectly complements the Seattle Marathon 5K Run/Walk," they said in a prepared statement.

Road Runner Sports is the world's largest running store, with 22 stores in 10 states.

For more information about Road Runner Sports, visit www.roadrunnersports.com.

July 24, 2008

Photo from the dramatic and marathon-defining race at the 1908 Olympic Games in London.

Marathon Centennial

Today marks the 100-year anniversary of the race that defined the modern-day marathon at the IV Olympic Games in London on July 24, 1908. For the full story of the 1908 Marathon, see the article at AIMS website..

"The notorious end to the 1908 marathon had officials helping Dorando Pietri of Italy over the finish line. This contravention of the rules led to his disqualification. He had entered the stadium in a near state of collapse, and, indeed, fell down five times on the last lap of the track.

It has always been stated that the high temperature (78°F) of the day, allied to his strenuous exertions during the last few miles of the race, caused his sorry state. However, recently there has been the suggestion that perhaps the main cause of his distress was the little Italian’s habit of gargling with wine during the race, which did not go well with the heat. After a protest by the American team, the second finisher, Johnny Hayes, was awarded the gold medal."

Quoted from: The BBC's 1908 London Olympics Gallery by Stan Greenberg.

May 28, 2008

Seattle Children's Named Presenting Sponsor for the Seattle Kids Marathon

The Seattle Marathon Association is happy to announce that Seattle Children's Hospital and Regional Medical Center is the new Presenting Sponsor for the Seattle Kids Marathon.

Consistently ranked as one of the best children's hospitals in the country by US News & World Report, Seattle Children's serves as the pediatric referral center for Washington, Alaska, Montana and Idaho. Children's has been delivering superior patient care for 100 years, including advancing new discoveries and treatments in pediatric research, and serving as a primary teaching, clinical and research site for the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

For more information about Seattle Children's, visit www.seattlechildrens.org.

May 28, 2008

Seattle Marathon Association Clarifies MP3 Policy

The Seattle Marathon Association has clarified its rules on iPods/MP3 players on the course for the 2008 event. Headsets will be allowed—as long as they are used safely—on the course on Race Day until 2:15 pm when the course opens to traffic.

Please note that the Road Runners Club of America does not encourage headphone use during its member races. However, it does not disallow them as long as they are used safely. For this reason, SMA will allow headsets on the course only if it does not pose a safety risk.

For safety reasons, it may be necessary for a course official to ask you to remove your headset/earphones during the race. You are required to comply or face disqualification and removal from the course.

For more information, see the Safety Rules.

March 4, 2008

Amica Insurance to Title Seattle Marathon

We are pleased to announce that Amica Insurance will be the title sponsor for the 2008 Seattle Marathon. Amica Insurance will serve as the title sponsor not only for 2008 but also for the 2009 through 2011 races.

“Due to our great experience as a Platinum Sponsor last year, Amica was thrilled to become title sponsor and we are delighted that this event will now bear our name,” said Vince Burks, senior assistant vice president at Amica Insurance. “We were drawn to this event because marathoners are driven individuals that appreciate quality and understand better than anyone the importance of consistent performance over the long haul. Amica Insurance has been delivering nationally recognized customer service for over 100 years, realizing it is indeed a marathon, not a sprint, when it comes to setting expectations and then doing what it takes to deliver. Amica is really looking forward to being a part of the Seattle Marathon.”

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, Marathon Walk, Half Marathon and Half Marathon Walk will take place Sunday, November 30, 2008. All events will start and end at the historic Seattle Center in downtown Seattle and will traverse the streets of the Emerald City, affording sweeping vistas of this important seaport town. The marathon course is USATF and AIMS certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifier.

“The Seattle Marathon has been growing strong for 37 years thanks to the support of devoted volunteers, runners and sponsors. Their passion for excellence has turned this race into a Northwest tradition,” said John Kokes, president of the Seattle Marathon Association. “I am extremely excited to have Amica Insurance as our title sponsor and look forward to the growth for this year and beyond.”

Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine, and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,000 people in 39 offices across the country, including the Greater Seattle Office. Amica has been offering insurance in Washington since 1945.

For more information about Amica Insurance, see www.amicawashington.com.