20,000 participate in 2017 Rock 'n' Roll Seattle Marathon

by: Siemny Kim Updated:


SEATTLE - Twenty-thousand runners pounded the pavement for Alaska Airlines Seattle Rock 'n' Roll Marathon and half-marathon.

They hit the streets under cloudy skies on this Father’s Day.

“I think it's perfect weather,” said Clay Zang, of Tacoma. “Fairly cool and comfortable.”

The race started at Husky Stadium. Runners wound their way through the city and crossed the finish line at Century Link Field.

“It was an awesome way to experience the city, and the volunteers were awesome,” said Kelly Herron.

Herron and her mother, Nancy, ran the half-marathon together.

KIRO 7 first met Kelly Herron three months ago, after she was attacked inside a Golden Gardens restroom. She was on a run at the time. She told KIRO 7, understandably, she had to take a break after that harrowing experience.

“Just some physical injuries and also just recovering mentally and wanting to enjoy running again,” Herron said.

KIRO 7 asked if her love for running is back.

“It is,” Herron answered. “And being able to do it with my mom just makes it awesome.”

According to marathon organizers, 60 percent of this year’s participants are women, and 33 percent of the marathon participants are running their first marathon.


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It was Clay Zang's first half-marathon. His family came from Tacoma  to cheer him on for Father's Day.

“I've been training for the last eight months, so, you know, I think it's been a big benefit to my health,” Zang said.

Runners this year came from all 50 states and 30 countries.