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!