Friday, April 17, 2015

2015 Seattle Marathon Ambassador Challenge

This year the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon turns 45! And while it’s true: We Make 45 Look Good, we also know that it’s you – our loyal running community – that make us look good! That’s why we’re launching the Seattle Marathon Ambassador Challenge.

We’re looking for six friendly and outgoing individuals of varying ages, levels and ability to represent the event in their local and surrounding areas to increase registration, brand awareness and excitement within the community.

What Ambassadors will do:
  • Be happy and fun!
  • Train and race in Seattle Marathon gear
  • Participate in the 2015 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon full or half run or walk.
  • Attend events and distribute collateral in their hometown (at running stores, local races, etc.)
  • Spread the word about the Seattle Marathon Family of Events (through local running clubs, social media, blogging, etc) and answering questions.
  • Post pictures and short blurbs about your training (in SM gear) to your personal social media page as well as SM's twice a month.
  • Participate in monthly #RunSeattleChat Twitter sessions
  • Volunteer for at least 2 local events in your area (be sure to wear your SM swag and take photos). One event can be packet pickup for us in November if you are available.

What Ambassadors Get:
  • Seattle Marathon Ambassador Starter’s Kit, including Official Seattle Marathon Association Gear 
  • Free entry to 2016 Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon
  • Featured / guest blog post
  • Ambassador profile hosted on Seattle Marathon Website
  • Seattle Marathon Family of Event discount codes for friends 
  • 50% off entry to 2015 Seattle Marathon 10k Race
  • Discount on SMA Merchandise throughout the year 
  • Access to other promotional items as they become available through our amazing sponsors.

To qualify as a 2015 Seattle Marathon Ambassador you must:
  • Register for the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon by May 31, 2015
  • In 400 words or less explain why you would be the best Seattle Marathon Ambassador. This can be an email or blog post
  • Send your write-up or link to blog post to, along with your name, age, and city
Submissions will be reviewed June 1st and selected ambassadors will be announced Wednesday, June 3rd.

In addition to the above perks and expectations, Ambassadors will have first notice of additional opportunities. These can include pre-race interviews and news stories, merchandise giveaways, Pace Team invitations, sponsor product giveaways and inclusion in special Race Weekend events.

All Ambassadors will be featured on Seattle Marathon Association website. Chosen applicants will have a profile, photo, and opportunity to connect with other runners through social media, meet-up runs, and more! You will have the opportunity to lead and guide new and inexperienced runners through their training process, motivate and inspire our runners, and share your story!

Please note that Ambassadors are NOT financially compensated in any way. We do not subsidize travel or training expenses or issue payment of any kind to our team. The Ambassadors serve for one calendar year, from June to December, though Ambassadors are encouraged to reapply each spring if they wish to continue on future years. The Seattle Marathon Association reserves the right to remove any Ambassador from the team at any time due to poor conduct or failure to perform duties.

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Cash prizes added to Seattle Marathon Summer 10K Race

Word. Your favorite summer 10K Race just keeps getting better. This year, we're offering cash prizes to the top 5 finishers for both male and female divisions.

Not only that, but between now and May 24, 2014 you'll get an additional $5.00 off current 10K rates when you register online. That's $33 for a beautiful race at Gas Works Park, complete with technical fabric participant shirt, goody bag and post-race celebration with music and vendors.

By the way, did you know that the Seattle Marathon Summer 10K Race is dog-friendly? On top of that we've got a Kids Fun Run for your little racers - so you really can bring the whole family.

Register today and make the Seattle Marathon 10K a part of your summer plans.

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Seattle Marathon Association seeks F/T Office Assistant

The Seattle Marathon Association is looking for a full-time office assistant to join our small team. The office assistant will be responsible for providing general administrative support to the Executive Director as well as assist with the administration of event logistics. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  • Answering and forwarding incoming calls and emailsMaintaining event timeline and scheduling daily tasks
  • Scheduling meetings and preparing agendas and board reports
  • Some data entry and record keeping
  • Assisting with the administration of event logistics, including corresponding with contracted employees
  • Possibility to take on Kids Coordinator & Charity Partner Liaison roles

The successful candidate will be self-motivated, detail-oriented and highly organized. He or she will be comfortable using Microsoft Excel, Word and Outlook. Should be a team player with excellent communication skills. Multitasking and prioritizing workflow are key skills for success in this role.  Good verbal and written communication skills are preferred, as you will be the primary respondent to phone and email inquiries that come into the office. Previous experience in an office environment is preferred, but not required. Background in customer service is a plus.

To Apply:
Submit your cover letter and resume to: info[at]seattlemarathon[dot]org. An email will be sent confirming receipt of your application. No phone calls, please. The interview process will include 2 paid introductory work days. Upon mutual interest, a two week trial period will follow. We are looking to hire by April 21st, 2014. Pay to be determined by experience.

The Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) is a nonprofit organization governed by a ten-member 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.  
Our annual Family of Events include:
  • Seattle Marathon 10K Race on August 23rd
  • Seattle Marathon Santas vs Superheroes 5k Race on November 29th
  • Seattle Children’s Kids Marathon on November 29th
  • Seattle Marathon Health & Fitness Expo, November 29th & 30th
  • Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon on November 30th

Friday, February 28, 2014

Hometown Pride: the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, Seattle’s hometown marathon has become a Thanksgiving weekend tradition for runners and walkers in the Pacific Northwest.

The race began in 1970 when 38 friends from the University of Washington decided to hold their own 26.2-mile running event. Fast forward 43 years and it has grown to a 3-day weekend event that includes a full marathon run and walk, half marathon run and walk, 5K race and kids marathon. Add to that a 2-day Health & Fitness Expo and summer 10K Race, which combined sees more than 13,000 participants annually.

Even with so many fans, mention the Seattle Marathon to folks across the nation who are unfamiliar with the race and you’ll inevitably be met with the questions “Why November? Isn’t it always rainy in Seattle then?” followed by “Isn’t it hilly?”

The answer to both, of course, is a qualified yes. It is often wet and there are hills on the course. So what is it that keeps runners coming back for more?

The Fall Date – Ask any runner what their race calendar looks like and, more often than not, plans get pretty slim after September. Always held the Sunday following Thanksgiving, the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon fits nicely in the calendar after a summer packed with races and provides the perfect motivation to keep moving during those cold and dark months of the year. It also goes without saying that having a 13.1 or 26.2-mile race around the corner allows you to pile on second helpings at Thanksgiving dinner guilt-free.

The Rain – Though the number of rainy days in Seattle may be higher than the average American city, the amount of rain that comes down is hardly worth noting (more like extended drizzles really). Compare this to the frigid temperatures or harsh conditions found elsewhere in the country during late November and you’re looking at fairly ideal running conditions.

The Course – You’ve got to hand it to Race Director Louise Long, for charting out 26.2 miles of race course with minimal hills and spectacular scenery to boot. We’ll put it this way; combine a floating bridge, dozens of Olmstead Brothers-inspired parks, Lake Washington, the Arboretum, and the Space Needle and it’s easy to see that this course is jam packed with some of the best sights Seattle has to offer.

The Organization – After 43 years, the race organizers of the non-profit Seattle Marathon Association have got things down to a science. The details are covered from each individual volunteer and medical team member to every cone and honey bucket on the course, all while staying true to the Seattle, hometown culture.

When it’s all said and done, our goal is to create a memorable race experience that is fun for the entire family. We hope you’ll join us for the 2014 Seattle Marathon Family of Events.

In the meantime, be a part of our community. Visit us online, or through your favorite social media platform. We love our runners and we're here for you!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

The Next Big Deal: Seattle 1/2 Marathon + 5K for $100!

Do you want to know the best way to train for a half marathon? Sign up for a half marathon! We want to help you achieve that goal, so we've created this very special offer:

Register for the Amica Insurance Seattle Half Marathon AND the Seattle Marathon Santas vs Superheroes 5K Race for $100. Yup, that's basically a $10 5K Race.

Here's how:

  1. Visit the Seattle Marathon Registration Page
  2. Select your distance*
  3. Check the "Add 5K Race" box
  4. Complete Registration
  5. Enter discount code 5kfor10
  6. BAM! Get $30 off your 5K entry
Would you rather give your 5K entry to someone else? Complete the steps above and then simply email letting us know you want your 5K entry to go to a friend. We'll handle the rest.

*Full marathoners, we've got your backs on this one. You can use the code for a $10 5K race as well.

As with many good things, this offer will come to an end on Wednesday, 10/2/13 at 11:59pm. Don't miss out!


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Seattle Marathon 10K Race (Guest blog)

August 24, 2013 marks the 3rd annual Seattle Marathon 10k Run+Walk at Gas Works Park.
Can you believe that I am born and raised in Seattle and I have never ran a race associated with the Seattle Marathon? Shocking, I know! I am very excited to be able to run my first Seattle Marathon 10k Run this year.
I have only heard positive feedback from past participants who ran the 10k in previous years!
This year’s race has a brand new course that starts and finishes at Gas Works Park. Runners will be able to enjoy the beautiful scenic views of Lake Union while running on the Burke-Gilman Trail.
The Seattle Marathon 10k Summer Run+Walk is proud to announce that the course is ADA-certified. Strollers, wheelchairs and dogs on leash are all welcome to join in on the fun!
Here’s what you need to know:
You can register online here or you can register at any of the following local running stores up until August 23, 2013.
Registration is also available at Gas Works Park on August 23rd.
Race Day: August 24, 2013 at 8:00am
Packet Pickup: Friday, August 23 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm at GasWorksPark.
Day-of-race registration: 6:30am to 7:30am at GasWorksPark.
Day-of-race packet pick-up: 6:30am to 7:45am
10k Run & Walk Start Time: 8:00am
The Seattle Marathon 10k Summer Run+Walk has some great sponsors this year. Without them, the race wouldn’t be what it is today.
The 2013 Sponsors include:
UW Medicine Sports, Spine & Orthopedic Health
Talking Rain
Honey Bucket
final bolt2
Seattle Weekly
On the Run Events
Super Jock’n Jill
And many more…
Join me and thousands of other participants this Saturday, August 24, 2013 for 3rd annual Seattle Marathon 10k Run+Walk!
Use this race as a great way to get yourself ready for Seattle’s Original Hometown Marathon on December 1, 2013.
I look forward to seeing you there!
XO, Tara
Tara's blog, PNW Runner, can be found at
About Tara: My name is Tara and I am a twenty-four years old daughter, runner, friend, and fitness lover.
I decided to create PNW Runner in April 2013 as a way for me to share my passion for fitness, running and journey through recovery. After spending many years reading fitness blogs and reading about others with similar interests, I decided it was about time for me to create my own to share with others. Many of these blogs have helped me realize that I was not alone in struggling with an eating disorder.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

New Seattle Marathon 10K Promotion! - EXTENDED!

SMA friends,

We are so excited for our 3rd annual Seattle Marathon Summer 10K Race (and especially the new course at Gas Works Park) that we're offering a special deal to make sure you join us on August 24th!!

Here are two great ways to save for the Seattle Marathon 10K Race between 7/18/13 and 7/23/13 the extended deadline of 8/4/13:

Solo Saver: Register for $39

  1. Sign up online at
  2. Enter the code JULYDEAL in the Discount code field
  3. Complete registration and payment
  4. Beam proudly at your savings!

Social Saver: Buy one, get one 50%

  1. Sign up online at
  2. Enter the code FRIEND in the Discount Code field
  3. Complete registration and payment and watch for your confirmation, where you'll receive a unique, one-time use 50% off code 
  4. Give unique code to one friend
  5. Friend registers at and enters the unique code in the Discount Code field
  6. Friend pays $22.50 (+ processing fee)
  7. Share power high-five with your friend!
Remember, these offers are redeemable online only.
Codes expire 11:59pm on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 Sunday, August 4, 2013.

In search of Santas and Superheros

Have you ever wanted to be a hero? Someone admired, respected and looked up to? Well now's your chance! The Seattle Marathon Association is looking for 2-3 volunteers who are willing to dress up as Santa Claus AND 2-3 volunteers willing to dress up as super heroes to help us spread the word about our new themed Seattle Marathon 5K Race: Santas vs Superheroes (SvSH5k).

Over the next 3 months we need costumed volunteers to be a part of our event booth, pose for photo ops and help us build excitement for this great 5K race.

If you or someone you know likes to dress up as fictional characters WE NEED YOU!! Send an email to with the subject "Santa Volunteer" or "Superhero volunteer".

*Men and women welcome for both categories*
**Costumes not provided **

For info on the Seattle Marathon 5K Race presents Santas vs Superheroes, visit our website:
To see the SvSH webcomic, click here: