Runner from Mammoth wins NYC Marathon

Posted By: The Ski Channel on November 2, 2009 7:02 am


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On Sunday, Meb Keflezighi proved that when it comes to being completely and totally awesome, Mammoth continues to take the cake. Meb is a runner from Mammoth Lakes, and Sunday he won the New York City Marathon. He won it. He ran 26.2 miles in 2:09:15, making each mile about 5 minutes long. That my friends, is not easy…especially when you have 14 mph winds at your front pushing you back.  Meb took the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics, being the first American man to reach the podium since 1976. Now, with this marathon victory, he became the first American to win the NYC Marathon since 1982. And, for the first time in 30 years, six Americans finished in the top ten.

Meb was born in Eritrea in East Africa. It was not an easy early childhood. At ten, he moved to Italy with his family, and at 12, they came to the United States. They settled in San Diego, and Meb went on to be an all-star runner for UCLA. Now he lives in Mammoth, and he certainly did the town proud on Sunday. “Definitely today wearing that USA jersey got the crowd going,” he said. “Definitely wore it with big honor and pride.”

Meb was the first place finisher by 41 seconds. Congrats to you Meb, and congrats to the town of Mammoth for, again, being home to all things awesome.