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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