About Us


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

John Kokes, President & Finish Line Coordinator
Dan Ledrick, VP/Secretary


Seattle Marathon Association Office Staff includes:

Louise Long, Executive Director
Becca Shim, Office Manager
Michelle Graham, Office Assistant, Social Media
Amber Snapp, Web & Graphic Design
Brett Warwick, Logistics, Other Events, Merchandise

Jae Gravley, Newsletters


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

Melissa Valenzuela, Expo Coordinator

Gerald McRobbie, Creative Consultant
Tim Hannon, IT Coordinator
Morgan McKenzie, Finisher Shirt Co-Coordinators
Mark Green, Finisher Shirt Co-Coordinators
Matt Kelly, Race Weekend Logistics
Brad Kirschner CPA, Soup Coordinator
Eric Larpenteur, Registration Coordinator, Timer
Dan Ledrick, Course Logistics/Lead Vehicle
Stephanie Rosas, Victory Recovery Coordinator
Christian Shook, Volunteer Coordinator


The Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) is a non-profit organization governed by a 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.


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


The Seattle Marathon began modestly in 1970 when a group of friends from the University of Washington decided to hold their own running event. Fewer than 38 runners started the first annual event, with most of them completing the full 26.2 miles. From these modest beginnings, the Seattle Marathon Family of Events has risen to become one of the largest and most influential mass-participation runs in the Pacific Northwest, being ranked by RaceRaves as the Runner’s Choice Best Marathon in Washington State. In 1999, a Seattle Kids Marathon was added, which allows school-aged children to run a "full marathon" one mile at a time. The first year, 357 children participated. The event has grown over the years to include as many as 1,200 children. Through the years, Seattle Marathon runners have also donated their money to the marathon's designated charities.