Soldiers Will Shine In This Year’s Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon

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Several to run in honor of others wounded or killed in Iraq and Afghanistan

Thousands of runners will take to the streets on November 28 to participate in the Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon. Among them will be soldiers who participated in the marathon last year – not here, but in a shadow run at a military base in Baghdad.

Following the successful Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Baghdad Shadow Run, which took place in Baghdad, Iraq in November 2009, the Seattle Marathon Association (SMA) has teamed up with Maj. Mark Piccone, Maj. Mike Moore and the soldiers from Joint Base Lewis McChord (JBLM) once again. They have formed the 2010 Iraq/Afghanistan Remembrance Run Group to participate in this year’s Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon Family of Events in honor of those who died or were wounded in combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

First, a team will be running in the Seattle Marathon 5K Race presented by Road Runner Sports on November 27. This team from JBLM will consist of wounded warriors accompanied by un-injured battle buddies, soldiers and some family members of soldiers killed in battle.

In addition, a group of more than 49 soldiers will be participating in the Amica Insurance Half and Full Marathons on November 28.

Soldiers will also participate in this year’s Family of Events in a number of ways other than running. They will pass out finisher medals at the marathon and half marathon finish line, as well as host a booth at the Health+Fitness Expo to bring attention to the long struggle wounded soldiers have on the road to recovery.

In further support of the soldiers, SMA has brought on Operation Ward 57 as an official charity partner of the 2010 Event. This charity supports wounded warriors as they recover from severe injuries. Participants may donate to Operation Ward 57 when they register online through or through the Charity Partner page. SMA also encourages support for the Wounded Warrior Project, another charity that supports wounded warriors throughout the recovery process.

Operation Ward 57 is one of many organizations that will benefit from this year’s race. All runners are encouraged to collect donations for their favorite cause or charity, and the Seattle Marathon Association makes that easy to do by using the Active Giving program on

The Amica Insurance Seattle Marathon, Marathon Walk, Half Marathon and Half Marathon Walk will take place Nov. 28. All events will start and end at the historic Seattle Center downtown and will traverse the streets of the Emerald City, showcasing the sweeping vistas of this important seaport town. The marathon course is USATF- and AIMS-certified and is a Boston Marathon qualifier. Visit to find out more about the race and to sign up as a participant.

Operation Ward 57’s mission statement is to support wounded warriors, their families and medical staff at Walter Reed Army Medical Center by providing items that assist in recovery, maintenance and morale of the hospital environment and through advocacy, education and promotion of their circumstances.

About Amica Insurance:
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation’s oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in 1907. The company, based in Lincoln, RI, 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.

About the Seattle Marathon Association:
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 to find out more about the race.

Media Contacts:
Meghan C. Palumbo
Senior Sponsorship Specialist
Amica Insurance
Office: 800.652.6422, ext. 23354
Cell: 401.617.4375

Julie A. Montalbano
Sponsorship Supervisor
Amica Insurance
Office: 800.652.6422, ext. 22100
Cell: 401.481.7059

Kiira Ness
Seattle Marathon Association


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