Returning To Israel

Melissa at Maccabiah Games in Israel (1997)
Competing on the Track at the Maccabiah Games in Israel (1997).

I’m thrilled to announce that I have made the 19th Maccabiah Games USA team – heading to Israel during the summer of 2013! I will be competing in the Women’s Half-Marathon and couldn’t be more excited! This will in fact be my second time competitively running in Israel. I first ran there as part of the Maccabiah Games Track & Field Juniors team in 1997 – when I won four bronze medals for Team USA! Even more exciting is the fact that my dad also competed in the Games back in 1973 – also as a Track & Field athlete. (He won a gold medal with his relay team.)

Stay tuned for more information on the games, interviews with the people that make it happen behind the scenes, updates on my training leading up to the games, and of course news and updates from Israel next summer — right here on

In the meantime, you can donate to my campaign to get me to Israel by visiting here.

Thanks in advance!


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