Not only did Meb Keflezighi deliver an American victory at the Boston Marathon, the first American male to do so in 31 years, but there was this victory, too:
On Nov. 1, 2009, during the 40th running of the New York City Marathon, Meb Keflezighi became the first American since Alberto Salazar in 1982 to win the largest marathon in the world.
Indeed, his family’s journey from immigrants from Eritrea to the USA to a family consisting of 10 college graduates has been called one of the best illustrations of the American Dream.
2014 Boston Marathon champion.
2012 Olympic Games Marathon- 4th place
2012 Olympic Trials Marathon Champion
2009 New York City Marathon Champion
2004 Olympic Silver Medalist (Marathon)
Former USA 10K record holder (27:13.98)
Olympic Trials10K record holder
U.S. Championships 10K record holder
2009 USA Half Marathon Champion (61:25)
2006 Boston Marathon, 3rd place
2005 NYC Marathon, 3rd place
2004 NYC Marathon, 2nd place
2000, 2004 Olympic Trials 10K champion
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ARLINGTON, Virginia – The Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) is pleased to announce the first round of Runner Friendly Community designations for 2014, which includes: Belleville, IL; Richmond, VA; Rockwall, TX; Safety Harbor, FL; and Spokane, WA.
Meb Keflezighi, fresh off his Boston Marathon victory, will attend the All American Marathon at Fayetteville and Fort Bragg, NC. The marathon and companion half-marathon and 5K will be held May 4. Keflezighi will speak to runners at the May 3 pre-race dinner at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville and sign autographs. He will also at the start and finish the next day. He will not run the marathon.
By Larry Eder, RunBlogRun
No American male has won the iconic Boston Marathon since 1983, when, Greg Meyer, a midwesterner with the legs of a steeple chaser and the arms of a wrestler, won the most American of marathons.
Now, Meb Keflezighi, an Olympic silver medalist and victor of New York City has added the mantle of Boston Marathon winner to his resume!
Louisville’s Wesley Korir won his fourth miniMarathon, Caroline Kiptoo captures women's race
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LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Clear skies and cooler morning temps made for nice running conditions as the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and HumanaVitality kicked off this morning. 16,000 runners were registered to participate in the road races. 2014 marks the 41st edition miniMarathon and 13th year for the Marathon.
Meb Keflezighi raced to a Boston Marathon record time of 2:08:37 to become the first American to win Boston in 31 years.
Meb, 38, took an early lead and maintained it with a strong finish.
Kenya’s Rita Jeptoo, 33, won the women’s division for the third time, finishing in 2:18:57, leading a group of four women under the course record. America’s Shalane Flanagan held the early lead but fell back well into the race and finished seventh in a personal best time of 2:22:02.
Gebremeskel holds off True, while Huddle runs down Daska for the victory
By Chris Lotsbom
The 2014 B.A.A. 5K was one for the ages, as thousands of runners took to the streets of Boston in celebration. Ethiopia's Dejen Gebremeskel set a new men's event record of 13:26, while Providence, Rhode Island's Molly Huddle came from behind to win the women's race in 15:12. In total, more than 8,600 runners finished the race, held two days prior to the 118th Boston Marathon.
Furman Elite athlete sets PR to lead an event record of six men under 4 minutes
A record six athletes posted a sub-4:00 time April 12 in the Blue Shoes Elite Mile, which was held in conjunction with the 17th Blue Shoes Invitational at the Irwin Belk Track Complex for Track & Field and Kelsey-West Track in Greenville.
Furman Elite's Michael Hammond won the Blue Shoes Elite Mile event, turning in a personal record of 3 minutes, 57.70 seconds. Hammond, a former All-American at Virginia Tech, is in his first year with Furman Elite.
INDIANAPOLIS - USA Track & Field (USATF) and NIKE, Inc. have announced an expansion of their partnership that will significantly increase support of USATF programs, athletes and competitive groups.
The new partnership marks an ongoing commitment from NIKE to the sport in a sponsorship that extends from 2017 through 2040. The long-term partnership significantly increases the overall support for Track & Field for athletes throughout the United States.
Two-race competition, culminating with 2014 Boston Marathon®, awarded $35,000 (USD) in bonuses to elite wheelchair athletes.
There will be something special waiting to greet Peachtree Jr. participants when they cross the finish line in Piedmont Park this year: Olympic and World Champions.
Besides being cheered on by some of the top athletes in the world, each of the estimated 3000 young runners on May 17 will—for the first time in the 28-year history of the Atlanta Track Club event—have the opportunity to sample new track-and -field disciplines under the hands-on guidance of Olympic superstars.
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She bests Colleen De Reuck's U.S. Masters (age 40+) half-marathon record by 12 seconds in New York City
NEW YORK - About one hour into the 11th edition More Magazine/Fitness Magazine Women’s Half Marathon on April 13, there was an air of excitement and anticipation around the finish line. As fans awaited the arrival of Deena Kastor, the question wasn’t so much whether she’d win, but whether she’d break the course record of 1 hour, 13 minutes, 25 seconds she set last year.
By Larry Eder
Traveling around the athletics circuit as I do, one appreciates the truly herculean heights that London marathon has reached in terms of its field development, its support of media and its support of the sport.