Islanders take on Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon

Graham Peet finished the Seattle Marathon in 3:29. - Courtesy Photo
Graham Peet finished the Seattle Marathon in 3:29.
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At least two dozen Islanders went to downtown Seattle on the Sunday after Thanksgiving, not to shop but to run the Seattle Marathon and Half Marathon.

Graham Peet, an Island teen who is a freshman at The Northwest School, had the fastest marathon time for the Island, finishing in 3:29. His father Andrew Peet also ran the marathon in 3:36, as did Laura Johnson (4:48) and Casey Westphal (5:37).

The Peets ran together for the first half of the marathon, but Graham pulled ahead in the second half and was the second fastest 14-year-old to finish the race. Andrew recently ran the Cascade Crest 100 Mile Endurance Run, and finished 31st of 140 entrants.

Three members of Vashon High School’s cross county team competed in the half marathon. Ryan Krug finished in 1:46, Magnus Wallgren, an exchange student from Sweden, finished in 1:49 and Maddi Groen in 1:48. Groen placed 8th among all 14- to 19-year-old females.

Chester and Clyde Pruett, both 13, were the youngest Islanders to finish the half marathon. With a time of 1:54, Chester Pruett was the second-fastest 13-year-old in the race.

Kevin Ross, a track and cross country coach at Vashon High School, had Vashon’s fastest half marathon time, finishing in 1:29.

Laura Johnson, who is also a track coach at the high school, competed in three marathons in a row  Thanksgiving weekend, finishing with Sunday’s Seattle Marathon.

On Friday she competed in the Wishbone Marathon in Gig Harbor, and on Saturday she ran the Ghost of Seattle Marathon, which follows the original Seattle Marathon course.

Johnson ran the three races last year as well, but is humble about her accomplishments, saying she didn’t run fast, but paced herself to avoid exhaustion.

“Knowing you have to make it to the end, you pace yourself,” she said.

Her Seattle Marathon time was her fastest of the weekend, and she credits the speed to running alongside her nephew.

“We had a great time, and I think his company must have helped me go faster. … It was an awfully fun weekend,” she said.


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