A winner four years running

OLYMPIA – Marilou Russell of Olympia was giddy Sunday morning after running her 43rd marathon.

Russell had just finished running the Capital City Marathon – her second 26-mile race in two weeks – in a little more than four hours. She said she has run two marathons in two days before.

“I just love running,” said Russell, 47. “I started running marathons three years ago, and now I can’t stop.”

Russell was among the 350 runners who took part in the marathon.

Nobody ran it faster than Jesse Stevick. The 27-year-old science teacher at Olympia High School won the marathon for the fourth consecutive year. Pulling away early, Stevick gutted out the final nine miles and finished in 2 hours, 40 minutes, 9 seconds, eight minutes slower than his course-record time.

“I went out too fast for the shape I’m in,” Stevick said. “I was in survival mode at mile 17. People cheering really helped.”

Annie Thiessen of Tacoma finished first among female runners and sixth overall, finishing in 2:58:2, her second-best time. She recorded the fastest time among female runners last year, too.

“I feel like a million bucks,” Thiessen said moments after the race.

“The Capital City is the best. Good booty. Good pizza.”

A combined 1,700 runners competed in Sunday’s three races – the marathon, half marathon and 5-miler. Runners received running jackets, shopping bags and pizza.

Dr. Bill Newman, who staffed the medical tent at the finish line, said some runners were treated for blisters, dehydration and fatigue.

No serious injuries were reported.

“Everything went great,” said Lesley Roberts, race director. “The weather was great. The races were great.”

Gail Wood: 360-754-5432