Flying through the city of brotherly love

By Theresa Coates / LivingFirst

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The Rocky statue wasn’t the only thing wearing a marathon shirt for the Gore-Tex Philadelphia Marathon. Runners visiting Philadelphia explored the city, fist-pumped with locals and devoured famous cheese steaks.

Security was tight, but the cheers were loud and friendly.  Colorful, hand-made signs were everywhere to encourage everybody from the first-timers to the experienced champs — like SFMC Team Leader, George Ellis.

George chalked up his sixth marathon in the city of brotherly love with — his brother.  Jimmy Ellis joined his big bro in a weekend of fun, sweat and nuns.  Yep, that’s right, nuns.

George’s family member, Sr. Bernadine Schmalhofer, a Missionary Servant of the Blessed Trinity and her fellow Philly sisters gave both brothers a special boost with a blessing.  It was no surprise that both of them finished with a personal record (PR), a finish that even the Italian Stallion would admire.

Running for PWC Schools and the Owen Lea Foundation

By Theresa Coates / SFMCNews  / Team SFMC —

It’s early October, right? Then why did George Ellis, SFMC have a frosty windshield at 5:45 a.m.? Most people would have crawled back into bed on a 37 degree Sunday morning, but not George.  George had a committment — his 22nd official half-marathon and his 724th run of his career. This event was also training for his big November run in one of the top-10 marathons in the country.

Not only did George want to beat his personal record (PR) of 1:52, he wanted to run the Heritage Half Marathon to benefit two worthy causes: Prince William County Schools and the Owen Lea Foundation. The Owen Lea Foundation was founded by the family and friends of Owen Scott Lea.  The charity benefits the families of patients with Neuroblastoma – a very rare childhood cancer.

George arrived at Battlefield High School, Haymarket, Va. to shiver with the hundreds of other runners — both half-marathon and 5K participants —  to start the race at 7:00 a.m. The 13.1 mile race ended with a victory. George scored a PR at 1:49:24 — his best half-marathon time since his first run in November 2008!  It must have been the chill.  Job well done!

Next starting line: The City of Brotherly Love.  On Sunday, November 23, George will run the GORE-TEX® Philadelphia Marathon with his brother, Jimmy Ellis. Go bros!