This past Sunday, Brecksville resident Elizabeth Themelis took on her first marathon.
"It just felt like I was ready," Themelis said.
Themelis and her husband, George, ran the Rite Aid Cleveland Marathon and were nice enough to share some photos in our . George Themelis, who has run his share of marathons before, ran with a camera and . He included captions so readers could follow along with the story, so be sure to check it out!
Themelis said it was a good race, even though she was disappointed with her time of 4 hours, 29 minutes and 40 seconds. It was an extremely hot day for the marathon, and she usually does her best running in cooler temperatures. But Themelis said the marathon won’t be her last, and she’s looking forward to trying again.
She started running about four years ago, at the encouragement of her husband. The two have run a number of races together.
George Themelis said he started running in 2000 to lose weight and never looked back. He’s run multiple marathons and he’s looking forward to running in the Burning River 100, a 100-mile race at the end of July. He decided to go at a slower pace this time so he could stay with and encourage his wife.
The Themelises weren’t the only Brecksville runners in Sunday’s race! According to the results on the Cleveland Marathon’s website, there were 14 residents who completed the marathon. If you ran the marathon—or one of the shorter distances—tell us about your experience in the comments!
Editor's note: The article originally listed the wrong year that George Themelis began running. It has since been corrected.