TRIBUTE TO BECCA PIZZI
(Extensions of Remarks - February 26, 2016)

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[Congressional Record Volume 162, Number 31 (Friday, February 26, 2016)]
[Extensions of Remarks]
[Page E236]
From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]




                         TRIBUTE TO BECCA PIZZI

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                        HON. KATHERINE M. CLARK

                            of massachusetts

                    in the house of representatives

                       Friday, February 26, 2016

  Ms. CLARK of Massachusetts. Mr. Speaker, I rise today in recognition 
of one of my constituents, Becca Pizzi of Belmont, Massachusetts. Becca 
is a single mother, a child care provider, a local ice cream shop 
manager, and just recently, a world record-breaking athlete.
  In the early hours of January 30, 2016, in Sydney, Australia, Becca 
became the first woman from the United States to complete the World 
Marathon Challenge. This international marathon began in Antarctica and 
is comprised of seven marathons on seven continents, all over seven 
days. In her race around the world, Becca set two world records: the 
fastest average marathon time among women at 3 hours, 55 minutes, and 
11 seconds, and shortest time frame for a female to complete marathons 
on all seven continents at 6 days, 18 hours and 38 minutes.
  Upon her return, Becca's hometown of Belmont greeted her and her 
family with a parade in celebration of her accomplishment.
  Through all of her training and through the grueling race, Becca 
credited her 8 year old daughter Taylor as her source of inspiration.
  Becca's story exemplifies our community's unique grit and 
determination to reach the highest heights despite any obstacle. I 
thank Becca for inspiring athletes around the world and congratulate 
her on her historic achievement.

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