Posted by: Joe English | November 30, 2008

Races: Stuart Burton & Annie Thiessen win 2008 Seattle Marathon

SEATTLE — The Seattle Marathon crowned two new champions this morning as Stuart Burton of Beaverton, Oregon and Annie Thiessen of Tacoma, Washington won the men’s and women’s titles in the full marathon. Burton won the overall title in 2:33:57, while Thiessen won the women’s division in 3:02:06.

For Thiessen this marked victory number eight in 2008. Not a bad year!

Burton and Thiessen were first of 12,400 runners who took part in the full and half marathons this morning. The weather was the best in years albeit a bit warmer and more humid than typical for Seattle.

This marks the first time in years that a Steidl has not been atop the leader-board. Trisha Steidl won the previous two women’s titles (2006 and 2007). Uli Steidl had won the race eight times from 1999-2006.

Steve Dekoker of Seattle (1:11:50) and Kristi Houk of Port Orchard (1:23:03) won the men’s and women’s titles in the half-marathon.

The Seattle Marathon had a pretty tough year after being called out about the manner in which fundraising was handled last year. Some felt that the race overbilled the amount of money that it was actually donating to charities. In the end, the marathon lost its headline sponsor, the University of Washington Medical Center (who dropped to a lower-level of sponsorship). The race is now sponsored by Amica Insurance.

The Seattle P.I. has an excellent write-up of the race, which can be accessed by clicking here.

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  1. I headed up to Seattle from Portland to do the half marathon. I was very impressed with the organization and execution of the race by the race organizers. What a challenging, but awesome race!

  2. […] Races: Stuart Burton & Annie Thiessen win 2008 Seattle Marathon …Nov 30, 2008 … SEATTLE — The Seattle Marathon crowned two new champions this morning as Stuart Burton of Beaverton, Oregon and Annie Thiessen of … […]


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