The annual Rock 'N' Roll Marathon and 1/2 Marathon celebrated its fifth year on a picturesque day in Seattle this past Saturday. It brought runners from around the nation together to enjoy a moving memorial to our country's military and miles of music.
In the men's half marathon, Patrick Rizzo of Boulder, Colo. came out on top after finishing second in the years 2009 and 2010. Rizzo broke away from the pack and finished with a time of 1 hour, 5 minutes and 58 seconds.
Nikki Gamble Leith of Edmonds took the women's half marathon, breaking the tape with the time of 1 hour, 25 minutes and 8 seconds. This University of Washington graduate wore her colors proudly as she ran through the 13.1 miles.
In the full marathon, in his first-ever career marathon, Yon Yilma beat out the defending champion, finishing the 26.2 miles in 2 hours, 29 minutes and 53 seconds! He broke away from the other leaders along the final stretch of the route along Lake Washington.
In the women's full marathon, Nuta Olaru, a veteran of this marathon series claimed victory with the time of 2 hours, 52 minutes and 40 seconds.
The 2014 Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon & 1/2 Marathon will take place on Saturday, June 21.