SEATTLE — Picture perfect conditions greeted runners Saturday morning as more than 27,000 participants ran from Tukwila to Seattle for the second annual Rock ‘n’ Roll Seattle Marathon & ½ Marathon.It was Jynocel Basweti of Kenya who broke away from the lead pack at the 35K mark in the marathon to claim victory in 2 hours, 18 minutes and 19 seconds. Basweti, who finished fourth in Seattle last year, claimed his fourth marathon title in 2010. He has been training in New Mexico with the AmeriKenyan Running Club and is coached by 2000 U.S. Olympic triathlete Ryan Bolton.
“Seattle is so fantastic, so green, the spectators and cheering was so nice,” said Basweti, who didn’t enter the race until Wednesday. “I ran here last year, it was my first time and I didn’t know the route. This year I had the knowledge about the course. At halfway, I thought this marathon was going to be between three guys, so when we got out of the tunnel (Battery Street) I knew I needed to make my move.”
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