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Endurance Runner and Longtime Stage and Film Designer Honored as Alumni of the Year

Aoty Dinner 20161008 0050One ran seven marathons on seven continents in seven days. The other worked on the set of Arnold Schwarzenegger's first movie. They both were honored this month as Mars Hill University's Alumni of the Year.

Becca Pizzi graduated from Mars Hill University in 2002. While at Mars Hill she was selected as captain of the women's cross country team. A lifetime of distance running reached a high point in January when Pizzi won the women's division of the World Marathon Challenge, in the process becoming the first woman to even complete the week-long race. Competitors run a 26-mile race each day, shuttling from continent to continent. Pizzi, who now lives in Belmont, Massachusetts, has run the last 17 Boston Marathons. Since completing the World Marathon Challenge, she has taken advantage of her achievement to give motivational talks, encouraging girls and young women to pursue their dreams.

Charles Tomlinson completed his Mars Hill degree in 1951 and went on to earn two more degrees at other institutions. He spent most of his life in California. working as an art director and actor. Tomlinson is best known for his work on the 1970 film “Hercules in New York," starring Arnold Schwarzenegger; “Stoogemania;" and “The Vals." He won three awards for costume design for “The School of Scandal” and was also a production designer for the TV shows “Three’s Company,” “The Dean Martin Music/Comedy Special,” and “The Dom DeLuise Show.” Tomlinson also taught at UCLA. Now retired, he lives in his hometown of Winston-Salem.

Pizzi and Tomlinson were recognized during festivities at Mars Hill University's homecoming weekend, October 8, 2016.