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Who we are
The Capital City Marathon Association (CCMA) is a nonprofit organization governed by a nine member Board of Directors. The CCMA is proud of its commitment to providing a quality, local, all volunteer running event that has been in existence for 36 years. We are committed to giving back to our community, promoting healthy living and community involvement.

The CCMA was formed in 1980 by a group of members of the Olympia Rainrunners Club. This was a few years before the first Women's Olympic Marathon Trials held in Olympia.

To learn more about this event, please see the links below:
Capital City Marathon History
Past Marathon Winners
Past Half-marathon Winners
Capital City Marathon 35th Annivesary Page

The CCMA board members are a dedicated group of volunteers with a combination of 140 years of board involvement. They are invaluable to the continuation of this longstanding and quality event.

Judy Hartmann, President
Judy has served on the CCMA board for 26 years and formerly led the training group. A runner for over 30 years, she has completed hundreds of events including 17 marathons and 35 half marathons. Judy is retired from a career in education and now serves as a trustee at South Puget Sound Community College and on several state-level community college committees. Judy is responsible for the CCMA's awards and works with event sponsors among other race activities.

Brad Ellis, Vice-President
Brad has volunteered with the Capital City Marathon since 2011 and thoroughly enjoys the sense of community generated by the race and those who support it. He joined the Board shortly before the 2017 event. A life-long runner and triathlete, he's done a dozen marathons around the country, including the Capital City Marathon twice, three Ironman triathlons, and more shorter running races and triathlons than he can remember. Brad is responsible for registration and the Capital City Marathon website.

Glenn Briskin, Secretary
Glenn is an experienced IT project manager and consultant. He is currently a manager at the Washington State Patrol. Glenn has volunteered since 1984 and is a marathon finisher. He has coordinated the finish line, and has served as a committee chair and then on the board for 32 years. Glenn is proud to have been part of the marathon's evolution. He is leading the effort to electronically store CCMA's business and historical documents as well as advance Board and event coordinator communication through the use of cloud collaboration tools.

Gary Merz, Treasurer
Gary is the owner of Budd Bay CPA, Inc. PS. This is his sixth year on the board and he takes care of the CCMA's finances. Gary is a finisher of the Capital City Marathon and has competed in many half marathons. He has a passion for healthy living and supporting our local community.

James Lux, Past President
Jim is the Health Care Manager for the Washington Fire Commissioners Association. He started his volunteer career with the marathon as part of the registration process. Prior to volunteering he ran several Capital City Half Marathons. He has served on the Board for 16 years. Jim is the Course Safety Coordinator and ensures runners out on the course are supported and safe. This is achieved through clear course marking, traffic control by professionals and volunteers, liaison with neighborhood associations, and law enforcement coordination. Jim has participated in other community sport events his entire life.

Vaunn Litchfield
Vaunn has been involved with the Capital City Marathon as a participant, dedicated volunteer and Board member for 14 years. Vaunn is responsible for the course communication during our May events, ensuring coordinated communication among communications staff along the race routes and with race officials as well as providing the sweep vehicle for final finishers.

Kim Stamp
Kim has served on the Board for nine years. Kim is the Regional Business Manager for South Sound Physical & Hand Therapy. Kim brings organizing and management skills from other athletic events to her role as the organizer and coordinator of the medical tent, ensuring runners' needs are met.

Erin Crabtree
This is Erin's sixth year on the Board. She organizes all aspects of the water stops for all races - volunteers; supplies; delivering equipment and supplies; trash pick-up and disposal; equipment storage; and, importantly, recycling of thousands of recyclable cups used by the training group and race events. Erin is also a runner and elementary school teacher.

Katy Johansson
This is Katy's third year on the Board. She is thrilled to be a Board member because Capital City Marathon was her first marathon - a feat she once thought she’d never attempt - and it was such an overwhelmingly positive experience, she now can't stop running marathons (but the Capital City Marathon remains her favorite). Katy is a paraeducator in the Olympia School District. She promotes Capital City Marathon events via social media and assists with course safety and volunteer coordination.

Nona Snell, Race Director
Nona has served as an ex-officio member of the Board and race director for seven years. Previous to her Board involvement, she ran in many of the Capital City marathons and half marathons and participated as a volunteer. Nona is also active in other sports.

Director, Nona Snell,
Assistant Director, Carie Bussey,