Meb: The Legend Says Goodbye
This past Sunday, San Diego native and UCLA alumni Meb Keflezighi ran the New York City Marathon for the last time as a farewell to the sport of running. Through the years, he cemented himself as one of the greatest marathoners to ever do it.
To summarize, Meb won an Olympic medal (Silver in 2004), won the NYC Marathon (2009-2010), and is the oldest ever winner of the Boston Marathon (2014 at the age of 38). He is the only person with all three of those achievements, by the way.
Through the years, he’s been called too small, too old, too American (in a sport dominated by runners from Africa). His greatest talent was his ability to tune out all the noise and stay focused on the prize. In the process, he became a legend.
Prior to his final race, BlacklistLA had the opportunity to wish him luck and congratulate him on a well-earned retirement. We did so in the company of some really big names (just watch). Check out the video done by the Rock n’ Roll Marathon Series (wait until the end credits). Learn more about the man himself, I dare you not to be inspired.
Maybe you can pick up from where he left off. If you think those are some big shoes to fill, think again, Meb only wears a US Men’s Size 9. No pressure.