Growing up George Tzortzis watched the Boston Marathon every year. That tradition has continued through his adult years watching with his sister (until she moved out of the country) and friends. This year his family and friends will be cheering for him on the route as he takes on his first marathon, running Boston for Special Olympics Massachusetts.
George has been running distance since high school but has only raced a handful of times in shorter distances runs. For him, “running gives me time to let loose, sometimes listen to new tunes, sometimes listen to my surroundings, but most of all time to relax.” Although he has never run a marathon before George is “super excited to be a part of a great team. The calls with tips and training plans are very helpful. Hopefully with the other runners past experiences, I will be able to ease into my first marathon as best as anyone possible could..” His training primarily involves “lots of running, split by stretching and days of rest.” What motivates him to keep up with his training is the thought of running 26.2 miles and wanting to be prepared to finish.
Why for Special Olympics? George first became involved when his neighbor asked him to join their Jolly Jaunt race team. The Special Olympics Jolly Jaunt is a fundraiser road race that takes place in December every year. When I joined “everyone was incredibly friendly from the start and exuded immense amounts of positive energy.” To him Special Olympics is about “the athletes getting together and breaking barriers and misconceptions.”
With the Special Olympics athletes as an example, breaking a personal barrier is what George wants to achieve by running his first marathon. His motto from actor James Dean, “Dream as if you will live forever. Live as if you will die today,” as well his inspiration from the athletes is what will keep George pushing toward that finish line on April 17. Best of luck to George Tzortzis as he works toward completing his first Boston Marathon!