SEATTLE – Thousands of runners will take to the streets Sunday for the Amica Seattle Marathon. However, only one will be decked out as the King of Rock n' Roll.
Ian Sharman, 29, of Bend, Oregon is hoping to set a new Guinness World Record for being the fastest person to finish a marathon while dressed as Elvis Presley. The current Guinness World Record for "Elvis" stands at 2 hours and 49 minutes.
"I'm looking forward to running this weekend's Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon," said Ian Sharman. "Having run as Elvis in London and Rome, I know how much fun the crowd's reaction is. I just hope it doesn't rain or the wig will be a problem!"
More than 18,000 people are expected to participate in this year's Seattle Marathon and related events, making it the largest in Seattle Marathon history. The event consists of a full 26.2-mile marathon and marathon walk. It also will include, a 13.1-mile half marathon run and half marathon walk, a kids race and a 5k race
"We're quite excited about this year's event," said John Kokes, board president of the Seattle Marathon Association. "Every year, it just gets better."
The race in Seattle will take place on a rolling course with hilly sections and scenic views of downtown Seattle and Lake Washington.
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, R.I., is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine, and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.
The Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) is a non-profit organization governed by a 10-member board of directors. It is proud of its commitment to providing a quality running event in the Pacific Northwest, providing sponsors with maximum exposure in association with the event and making a positive social and economic impact on the city of Seattle. The marathon course is USATF- and AIMS-certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Visit www.seattlemarathon.org to find out more about the race and sign up.