Running the Athens Marathon in Greece- It's Greek-ish!

A hometown Caldwells girl running back to her roots in Athens Greece.

What do you get when you cross a Greek with an Irish?  A marathon runner with a dry wit. (Greek-ish!)

My father, Theodore Basil Talis, died last October at the ripe old age of 92.  He was an avid runner, track star at Barringer High School in Newark and had a real zest for living life to the fullest. He was a Greek boy who rode on the trolley up to Verona Park for an ice skating party in the 1940's and besides falling down a few times on the ice he also happened to fall in love with my Irish mother, Joan Harbeck.  So, that's where I come in just a few years later in 1961.

I will be paying tribute to my deceased father and mother this year when I travel to Greece to run the Athens Marathon on November 11th.

It is the original marathon course from the ancient city of Marathon to the Panathinaikon Stadium in Athens. I have run 14 marathons and have embraced the sport of running with the same Greek zest my father had. It is a true privilege to be able to celebrate my life through my running. With the help and support of countless friends and my husband Tom, I ran the 5th annual 50k in Cranberry Island, Maine this past year in celebration of my 50th birthday and my five beautiful children -  a 10k for each child in a symbolic 5:50 mins. Now as I turn 51, I will run my 15th marathon and plan to direct my time and energy to raising $5,100 for the AHEPA Foundation (American Hellenia Educational Progressive Association)

Proceeds from my participation will benefit specifically the AHEPA Educational Foundation.  This endeavor fits in with my personal and professional commitment to education. Please join others in helping me live out my marathon dreams by going to this website and clicking on

 Sponsor a donor- Sharon Morrissey.

Please consider any level of support and increase your impact with your company'e matching gift program. In the spirit of the 2012 Summer Olympics, there will be special awards to those friends joining the Olympic Bronze $100 level,Silver $250 level and Gold $500 level.  Thank you my friends and...



P.S. Opa is the Greek word or pronouncement of celebration; the celebration of life itself. It is another way of expressing joy and gratitude to God, Life, and others, for bringing us into the state of ultimate wisdom; that all that really matters is health, family, and friends. 

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