The people who brought music to the marathon are now planning to bring their brand to Seattle. It was just announced that The Seattle Rock n Roll Marathon will be run on Saturday June 27th 2009 replacing the Seafair Marathon. The route (not released yet) will run from Tukwila, along Lake Washington, and finish at Qwest Field. There is also a companion half marathon ensuring and even larger turnout. The post-marathon concert will be held at Marymoor Park in Redmond.
I ran the San Diego Rock n Roll Marathon in 2007, and it was the most well organized of the any of the marathon/half marathons I have participated in. I am looking forward to running the Seattle version. The Seafair Marathon was only four years old, and had been relatively successful, but suffered from some transportation snafus this year. 400 runners were unable to make it to the start line and didn't get to run across the 520 bridge. Their web address now leads to the new Rock n Roll website.
Seattle joins the Rock n Roll Marathons in San Diego, Arizona and San Antonio, as well as the Coutry Music, San Jose and Virginia Beach half marathons. Check out the Seattle Times story and the press announcement on the marathon site.
Seattle Times Story