Posted by: Joe English | June 29, 2009

Races — Rock N Roll Seattle Marathon debuts as city’s largest run

SEATTLE — On a day that dawned with clear blue skies, the inaugural Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & Half- Marathon lived up to the hype, kicking off the Seafair season and debuting as Seattle’s largest running event. On Saturday, 25,000 runners from all 50 states and 14 countries participated in the races, which ran from Tukwila to downtown Seattle.

Some of the days top performances came from Kenya’s Elija Nyabuti, who set a new Washington state record for the half-marathon with a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes, 14 seconds, and from American Michelle Suszek who won the women’s marathon in 2:38:37, a full four minutes faster than her previous best.

“I wanted to run my own race today and wanted to break the 2:40 mark,” said Suszek, who entered the race just a week ago and recently started working with new coach Lyle Knudson after a disappointing finish in April’s Country Music Marathon.

The top five finishers in the women’s marathon were Americans. Two-time Chicago Marathon champion Berhane Adere of Ethiopia won the women’s half-marathon in 1:11:19.

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