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Local Runners Win Rainy Seattle Marathon

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Nov. 28, 2011
  • Updated Nov. 28, 2011 at 11:00 AM UTC
Two local runners won the 41st edition of the Seattle Marathon on Sunday. Photo: Komo News

The rain didn’t seem to bother them.

Two local runners won the 41st edition of the Seattle Marathon on Sunday. Photo: Komo News

Most large-city marathons are dominated by out-of-towners–either world-class East Africans or nationally competitive American runners. But that wasn’t the case at last weekend’s Seattle Marathon when both the men’s and women’s races were won by local runners.

In the 41st edition of the event, held in typical Seattle weather with rain and overcast skies, Jesse Williams was the first the break the tape in two hours 29 minutes and 54 seconds. “I live in Seattle so if you’re going to let rain bother you, you need to find someplace else to live,” Williams said. “The wind running across the bridge on I-90 was really bad, but it was more at our sides than in our face.”

Ian Nurse of Portland, Oregon came in second a full three minutes after Williams.

Williams was happy to have hometown support. “It’s cool to run on your home course and having people out there cheering you on,” he said.

In the women’s race, Trish Steidl came in first for the third time.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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