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Seattle Marathon to draw 15,000 runners, thousands of supporters on Sunday


SEATTLE — About 15,000 participants and thousands more supporters are expected Sunday at the Seattle Marathon and half-marathon.

Organizers say the race has grown from humble beginnings in 1970 — when 38 competitors turned out for an event organized by a group of friends from the University of Washington — into the largest such race in the Northwest. It's also one of the 10 largest in the country.

The event features a full marathon, a 13.1-mile half-marathon run, a half-marathon walk, a kids' race and a two-day fitness expo.

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