By Jason Cruz
Northwest Asian Weekly
Despite an injury, it could not stop Seattle’s Sophia Liu from winning her second straight Seattle Marathon women’s title. She earned the win with a time of 2 hours 58 minutes and 39 seconds.
Liu’s time is one minute slower than last year’s win. Of course, she had to deal with plantar fasciitis, a common pain in the heel of the foot. Liu still managed to beat the field of women in the 26.2 mile race on Sunday, Nov. 29.
Liu, a research scientist on aging muscles with the University of Washington, attributed her second straight victory to the support she received from friends, family, and fellow runners at the Seattle Running Club.
Originally from Tianjin, China, Liu came to the U.S. in 2009. She recently moved to Seattle from Redmond, spoke highly of the support she received from her running club.
Even with a slower time this year, Liu bested the next women’s runner by five minutes.
More than 12,000 runners registered for the annual event held the Sunday after Thanksgiving. Despite the cold temperatures, there was no rain as the runners ran through the streets of Seattle and ended in Memorial Stadium at the Seattle Center. (end)
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