Who we are
The Capital City Marathon Association (CCMA) is a nonprofit organization governed by an eight 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 35 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, which celebrated its 35th running in 2016, click here.
The CCMA board members are a dedicated group of volunteers with a combination of 130 years of board involvement. They are invaluable to the continuation of this longstanding and quality event.
James Lux, Board 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 15 years. Jim is the Course Safety Coordinator and ensures runners out on the course are supported and safe. This is achieved through marking the course, traffic control using volunteers, neighborhood associations and law enforcement. He has participated in other community sport events his entire life.
Glenn Briskin, Secretary
Glenn is an experienced project manager who has split the last 40 years between public employment and having his own consulting business. He has volunteered since 1984 and has served on the board for 31 years.
Gary Merz, Treasurer
Gary is the owner of Budd Bay CPA, Inc. PS. This is his fifth 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.
Now retired, Judy was Governor Gregoire's education policy advisor and is currently on the South Puget Sound Community College Board of Trustees. She has served on the board for 24 years and formerly led the training group. A 30-year runner, she has completed many events including 17 marathons and 32 half marathons. Judy is responsible for the awards and assists with the event sponsors.
Vaunn has been involved with the Capital City Marathon as a participant, dedicated volunteer, and board member for 13 years and is responsible for the course communication during our May events, which ensures safety coordination.
Kim is the Regional Business Manager for South Sound Physical & Hand Therapy. She has served on the board for eight years. Kim organizes and coordinates the medical tent to ensure the runners' needs are met.
This is Erin's fifth year on the board, she currently organizes the water stops. Erin is an elementary teacher in the Tumwater school district. Erin is an avid runner who competed four years in high school and four years of college, winning the cross country conference title her senior year. Erin enjoys participating in local races.
Katy is in her second year on the board and relatively new to running. She is thrilled to be on the board 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). In addition to being a stay-at-home mom to two young boys, Katy teaches postnatal fitness classes and TRX, and is an RRCA-certified running coach. Katy promotes Capital City Marathon via social media and assists with course safety and volunteer coordination.
Nona Snell, Director
Nona has served as an ex-officio member of the board and race director for six years. Previous to her board involvement, she ran in many of the Capital City marathons and half marathons and participated as a volunteer. Nona works as a budget analyst.
Director, Nona Snell, email@example.com
Assistant Director, Carie Bussey, firstname.lastname@example.org