Track/Cross Country Coach Wins Seattle Marathon

By Jason Behenna
Photo Credit: Aaron Jaffe, The Seattle Times

For the third time in her running career, Trisha Steidl, head coach of the Seattle University men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams, won the Seattle Marathon, finishing first in the 41st edition Sunday morning.

Steidl finished the 26.2-mile race in 3:03.41, three minutes and 28 seconds ahead of her nearest competitor. Steidl had previously won the Seattle Marathon in 2007 as well as in 2006, when her husband Uli, an assistant coach at Seattle University, won the men’s race for the eight consecutive year.

"This was not a fast day," Steidl told The Seattle Times. "It's really windy, so I just kind of decided to run by feel and see what happens. The last couple of miles were super windy and I just wanted to get it done."

"I probably started out a little fast because I felt really good, but then the wind really hit," Steidl continued. "About mile 20, I was second and I thought I would just wait for the hills and hope I felt better than she (the runner-up) does. Fortunately, that happened."

Along with her successful runs at the Seattle Marathon, Steidl narrowly missed a qualifying time for both the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Trials in the marathon. In 2009, she finished ninth at the United States Mountain Running National Championships.

In addition to her collegiate coaching stints, Steidl has served nine years as a coach and counselor for the White Pass Running Camp, which features some of the Pacific Northwest's top running talent.

Steidl is currently preparing the track and field team for the start of the indoor season, as Seattle University is scheduled to enter the UW Indoor Preview at the Dempsey Indoor Facility Saturday, Jan. 14.


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