Q&A with Rebecca Tadema-Wielandt of Marathon Sports

Rebecca Tadema-Wielandt
Manager of Marathon Sports

photography By Whitney Kae Thalheimer

How long have you been a manager?

I have been part of the Marathon Sports family for three years and manager of the store in South Yarmouth for two years.

What are some of your top-selling items?

We specialize in custom shoe fittings, so running and walking shoes are our top sellers overall. Over the past couple of years, we have brought in more niche apparel pieces that tell authentic brand stories. These pieces do very well for us because they fit great and the colors and patterns are fun and different from what you might find elsewhere.

What do you love most about your job?

My customers first and foremost! I meet new people every single day, from the enthusiastic “newbie” runners to seasoned runners who have become my best friends and run buddies!

What is your favorite running shoe brand (and why)?

Currently, I’m running in Hoka One One and Brooks, but I have my eye on a new Adidas shoe as well as a “zero drop” shoe from Altra. What shoe I wear also depends on what I’m training for—road 5ks to marathons and trail races, so it’s good to have options. Everyone is different when it comes to shoes. What works for one runner might not work for another.

Where is your favorite place to run on the Cape?

I have an easy out-and-back 4-miler I do from my house and the turnaround is a beautiful beach on Nantucket Sound. You really can’t beat that! I also love that I can hop on the Cape Cod Rail Trail and run for miles. When the new bike trail extension is complete, I’ll be able to run from my house to the store!

Marathon Sports, 484 Station Ave., South Yarmouth, 508-694-6385; (also located at 11 Greene St., Mashpee, 774-521-3512)


Nuun electrolyte tablets
available in a variety of flavors, including grape and watermelon, $6.99 each


Trigger Point
grid foam rollers, $39.99 each


Run For The Hills Hat
by Another Mother Runner, $20


Believe training journal
$14.99, and “Run Like a Mother,” $18.95

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