Caitlyn Olson wins Capital City Marathon

PhD student (Islamic Studies) Caitlyn Olson was the women’s winner at the Capital City Marathon in May, in her home state of Washington. This was her first marathon; 113 women and 168 men finished the marathon. Congrats, Caitlyn!

"Mercer Island native Caitlyn Olson, 27, was the women’s winner (3:21.47) as a first-time marathon participant. She described herself as a recreational runner after her cross-country days at Mercer Island High School, but has prior experience in half-marathons. Olson chose Capital City as her inaugural marathon because of the end-of-semester timing at Harvard, where she’s studying for a doctorate in Middle East history — plus wanting her first marathon to be in her home state.

And Olympia didn’t disappoint.

'My brother and I had the chance to drive the course, (Saturday) and I was blown away with how beautiful it is,' said Olson, who plans to study in Jordan this fall and hopes to be a college professor."

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