Saucony 26 Strong | Team 3 – Betty Crecelius & Melissa Simonds-Williams

Cadet: Betty Crecelius

Age: 63 | City: Stockton, Calif.

Betty is the only cadet who actually inspired her veteran to start running.

“My mom has been a runner since as long as I can remember and at the age of 12 she introduced me to the sport,” says veteran runner Melissa Simonds-Williams. “Being an athlete her whole life and challenging herself with various distances, she never managed to run a full marathon. At the age of 63 she has now completed over 10 half marathons and has set a new goal of completing a marathon.”

So this time around, Melissa will hope to return the favor and help her mother cross the finish line.


Vet: Melissa Simonds-Williams

Age: 31 | City: Sacramento, Calif.

Melissa finished her first marathon last year. “I always played sports that involved running, but had my mother never introduced me to long distance running, I may not thought it possible to complete distances such as a marathon,” she says. “It’s an activity that we can still share together.”


Running Retail Sponsor: Fleet Feet Sports Sacramento

Goal Race: California International Marathon, Dec. 8

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