Thursday, November 12, 2009

Meb's backstory

Russ sent me this post today from Meb Keflizighi's brother Hawi. He passionately lays out how much preparation and focus went into Meb's New York Marathon victory. This is a great piece of inspiration.

From Merhawi Keflezighi:

Meb has done his job and accomplished a lifelong personal and generational industry-wide dream. Now it is up to the rest of us to put this achievement in its proper context.

Meb_and_Merhawi_NYC_champMeb's victory in the 2009 ING New York City Marathon is obviously very significant, newsworthy and historical, but it also has a personal element to every individual, organization and other entities involved with Meb (Meb the individual, family, San Diego community, Mammoth, UCLA, Eritreans, Italians, Nike, PowerBar, NYRR, New York City, the Marathon, the running industry, sports media, the running media which has followed Meb for a long time, long time fans, new fans, etc.). With so many affected entities, I don't expect Meb's victory to mean the same thing to everyone.

Continues...

2 comments:

Billy Burger said...

I had the pleasure of meeting 'hawi at Niketown in Bev Hills last week. Let me just say that as great as it was to see Meb again, his brother absolutely blew me away with his affable, gregarious nature as we just talked and talked about running and life for a long time.

Great family, great genes.

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