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Delray woman headed to World Maccabiah Games
When Delray Beach resident Melissa Perlman is not running BlueIvy Communications, she’s running half marathons. The Spanish River High School track coach and former student will be the captain of the U.S. Men’s and Women’s Half Marathon Team at the World Maccabiah Games in Israel. The Jewish multisport event features over 10,000 athletes competing on behalf of more than 80 countries.
Perlman will travel from New York to Israel on June 27 and be in Israel through July 19. It’s the 35-year-old athlete’s third time competing in the World Maccabiah games, and fourth time when including the European version.
“I first heard about the games when my dad participated in the World Maccabiah Games in 1973,” she said. “After my freshman year of high school, I qualified for the junior Track & Field team for the 1997 World Maccabiah Games. It was my first time in Israel and I came back with four bronze medals.”
Perlman competed with athletes from Mexico, Israel, England and all over the world.
“I stopped running after college for a number of years. After a few major life changes, I decided I wanted to get back into it seriously,” she said. “I was working at Office Depot’s headquarters and decided in order to have more balance in my life, I needed to make the time. I left the company in 2011, started BlueIvy Communications, began coaching with my former high school Rick Rothman at Spanish River, and, in turn, started training again.”
By 2013, Perlman was competing in the World Maccabiah Games in Israel again as a member of the Women’s Half Marathon Team. She came home with an individual bronze medal and team gold.
With 83 countries participating this year, Perlman has been training as intensely as she did during her high school and college careers with a goal to bring home gold.
“As an athlete, many of us grow up dreaming of going to the Olympics,” she said. “This is my best chance of fulfilling anything close to that. The games are pretty amazing, and the Maccabiah staff and organizers really treat you like you’re an Olympian.”
Besides running, Perlman has been spending her spare time lifting during OrangeTheory Fitness classes, getting weekly acupuncture treatments and massages, and adding hot yoga into her rotation.
“I feel ready and prepared for the whole experience. It’s so worth all the work that goes into it,” she said. “This will likely be my last year competing in this so hopefully I’ll once again meet friends from around the world, see the beauty of Israel and win gold.”
The games open July 4 and the half marathon is July 10 in Jerusalem. This time, Perlman will have her father, boyfriend, brother and sister cheering her on.
“I’m so lucky to have my family joining me for the experience. I couldn’t imagine anything more special. Also, my sister and boyfriend have never been to Israel so I’m very excited to share it all with them,” she said.