SEATTLE -- Uli Steidel, a graduate student at Washington, won his third consecutive Seattle Marathon and Joan McGrath of New Westminster, British Columbia, won her second women's title.
Steidel, 29, burst into the lead at the mile mark and finished in two hours, 24 minutes and 37 seconds, nearly 12 minutes ahead of No. 2 David Ruggles of Kingston, Ontario, as nearly 2,000 runners shrugged off the rain and chill Sunday morning.
"I thought it was too slow and took off," Steidel said. "That pace would get us a bad time."
Steidel's time in the 32nd annual event was the fastest in the three years since the last change in the 26.2-mile course, which stretches from downtown southeast to Seward Park, north along Lake Washington to Interstate 90, eastward across the bridge to Mercer Island and back to the city, concluding at Memorial Stadium near the Space Needle.
McGrath, 39, finished in 2:49.26, nearly 30 minutes ahead of her closest rival, Anne Jensen of Kirkland.
Several Southeast Alaska runners competed in the marathon and half-marathon events.
Jim Ustasiewski, 38, of Juneau took 360th place in the men's marathon with a chip time of 3:44:37. Michael Elerding, 49, of Ketchikan was 956th in the men's marathon in 4:46:40.
Rhea Kahle, 24, of Ketchikan was the top Southeast women, taking 108th place in 3:55:23. Carol Rule, 34, of Ketchikan was 346th among the women in 4:45:35.
In the women's half-marathon, Kristi Waythomas, 32, of Anchorage won the event in 1:25:45. Jill Anderson, 35, of Juneau finished 1,066th in 2:11:39.
Peter Gallagher, 41, of Seattle won the men's half-marathon in 1:02:07. Roy Smith, 51, of Juneau was the only Southeast Alaska finisher among the nearly 2,000 men half-marathoners, taking 478th place in 1:44:50.
The marathon benefits the Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation of Western Washington.
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