Record number of runners participated in marathon's 39th year
SEATTLE-– A record 16,000 people took to the streets of Seattle this morning to compete in the 2009 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, marking the 39th year the event has been held.
Charlie Sunderlage, 29, of Bellingham, Wash., was the first runner to cross the finish line with a time of 2:32:27. The first female runner to complete the marathon was Lauren Breihof, 20, also of Bellingham, Wash., with a time of 2:58:59.
Today's events included a full 26.2-mile marathon as well as a marathon walk. It also included a 13.1-mile half marathon run and a half marathon walk, in addition to a kids race and a 5k race.
The half marathon was won by Alex Crabill, 21, of Tacoma, Wash. He completed the 13.1 mile course in a time of 1:08:56. The first female to complete the half marathon was Kristi Houk, 25, of Port Orchard, Wash., with a time of 1:22:03. Houk also won the half marathon last year.
About Amica Insurance:
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, R.I., 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 the Seattle Marathon Association:
The Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) is a non-profit 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- and AIMS-certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Visit www.seattlemarathon.org to find out more about the race.