Athlete Spotlight

Theresa Khayyam

Theresa holding medal and water after Rock and Roll Marathon

Theresa started running with Achilles in 2012, 5 years ago. She used to watch the runners run through Shelby Park during the country music marathon, and she always told herself that she wanted to run it someday. She lost her vision in 2010, and decided that she was going to run it anyways! Theresa joined a gym and started expressing her desires to run a marathon to people there. She was put in touch with Ricky Jones, who was executive director of TNABA at the time, and he put her in touch with Sarah Hart. Sarah told Theresa that she could be the first athlete to sign up for Achilles, and she began running in McCabe. At first she couldn’t run 25 feet, without stopping to catch her breath. She always felt encouraged by everyone at Achilles, and she kept practicing every week. She completed her first half marathon in 2012. Since then, she has run 9 half marathons and 4 full marathons. 2 of the full ones were in NYC, and 2 of the half marathons are at Disney. She would love to qualify for Boston someday! She is a graduate of TN state university with a degree in civil engineering. She did railway design work and utility relocation work.