maria elena calle

Glen Allen, VA

haute volée Since: 2015

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born 7/25/1975
hometown ecuador



What is your favorite quote that guides, inspires, or embodies your training/racing/life?
"I am loving this quote right now: "Keep your heart open to dreams. For as long as there is a dream, there is hope, and as long as there is hope, there is joy in living.”

What was your favorite sport in middle school?
Running & Basketball. My mom was a great basketball player. I was not very good (actually I was terrible ha!) but I just loved watching my mom play. Running was a sport that came naturally to me, but I enjoyed it because I just loved spending time with friends after school.  

Can you share your first sports bra experience?
Growing up in Ecuador, we didn't have sport bras. We trained and raced in regular bras (yes ouch!) I was about 20 yo when I wore my fist sports bra. what a relief!! Yes, thank God for sports bras.  

What is your absolutely favorite piece of #flystyle and why?
I love everything, but if I have to pick few pieces I would pick the mini stride shorts, new portman shorts, everything flyout, lux, and spandos. why? they are so comfortable, soft & stylish. 

If you could give one piece of advice to a 12 year old girl, what would it be? 
Always be kind to yourself and others. 

Tell us about your favorite place you have ever traveled to:
I've been to 14 countries and my favorite place is the Galapagos Islands/Ecuador. Such a beautiful and magical place. They are not called the "enchanted islands" for nothing :)  

What alternative career do you fantasize about?
I love being an occupational therapist, but once in a while I do fantasize about being a PT for professional athletes. Or maybe a masseuse for a men's swimsuit team! jk  

What is your superpower?  
I am very determined. I also speak dog.

elena's personal records

26.2 2:42:16
13.1 1:15:31
10k 33:33
5k 15:53
3k 9:21.7
1500 4:23.2


racing highlights

2016 - Olympic Marathon Competitor - Rio
2016 - Chevron Houston Marathon - 1st Master
2015 - Chicago Marathon - 2nd Master
2015 - Rock-n-Roll Half Marathon New Orleans - 2nd 
2010 - Richmond Half Marathon - 1st 
2009 - Monument Avenue 10k - 2nd