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Ghirmay Ghebreslassie Returns to Defend New York Marathon Crown

The youngest Champion in history of Marathon is returning to defend his NYC Marathon title.

Last year’s champion, Ghirmay Ghebreslassie of Eritrea, returns to defend his title. If he wins, he takes home $100,000 prize money.

BY SABRINA YOHANNES | RUNBLOGRUN

After his first marathon victory at the Beijing world championships in 2015, Eritrea’s Ghirmay Ghebreslassie mused on the fact that his family had objected to his taking up running.

“My parents wanted me to be a great student but I wanted to be a great athlete,” he quipped at the time. “Today’s victory will be a great surprise to them.” Continue reading Ghirmay Ghebreslassie Returns to Defend New York Marathon Crown

Meb Keflezighi to Race Boston Marathon One Last Time

After taking a year off to focus on the Rio Olympics, a Boston Marathon hero Meb Keflezighi will make his return to the race in 2017 for the last time. His professional marathoning career will, therefore, come to an end in the same place it began. (Photo: John Tlumacki/The Boston Globe)

By Nick Zaccardi | NBC Sport,

Meb Keflezighi will end his elite racing career with the Boston and New York City Marathons next year.

Keflezighi, 41, was announced as part of April’s Boston Marathon elite field on Wednesday. The 2004 Olympic silver medalist previously announced he would retire after racing the New York City Marathon next November.

Keflezighi’s greatest marathon successes came in New York City and Boston, winning the 26.2 mile races in 2009 and 2014, respectively. Keflezighi’s win in Boston came one year after twin bombings rocked the world’s oldest annual marathon. Continue reading Meb Keflezighi to Race Boston Marathon One Last Time

Meb Kiflezghi Visits the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the UN

In highlighting the importance of sports for youth refugees it is especially exciting to be joined today by Mr. Meb Keflezighi, who is himself a refugee from Eritrea and who, just last Monday, won the Boston Marathon.  Mr. Keflezighi, last week’s race was a moving day for all involved. You moved everyone by moving the fastest! Congratulations on your victory!” – Ban Ki-Moon, UN Secretary General

Meb Kiflezghi welcomed by Ambassador Girma Asmerom and staff at the Eritrean Permanent Mission in New York

By Eritrean Mission to the UN,

ON MONDAY 28 April 2014, Meb Kiflezghi, an Eritrean-American winner of the New York and Boston Marathons and an Olympic Silver Medalist, visited the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the United Nation in New York.

Meb was congratulated on his tremendous accomplishments by Ambassador Girma Asmerom, the Permanent Representative of Eritrea to the UN, as well as the staff at the Eritrean Mission.  Continue reading Meb Kiflezghi Visits the Permanent Mission of Eritrea to the UN

Meb Keflezighi Named RRCA Male Runner of the Year

Road Runners Club of America (RRCA) honored Eritrean-American Marathon runner Meb Kiflezghi as Male Road Runner of the Year

By Running Journal,

Meb Keflezighi, American Olympian, was the featured speaker at the luncheon meeting Saturday, May 4, in Alburquerque, New Mexico, at the annual meeting of the Road Runners Club of America and was honored as the RRCA’s Open Male Road Runner of the Year.

It was also Meb’s birthday and he was greeted with a rousing singing of “Happy Birthday” by delegates representing running clubs across America.

Keflezighi has had a remarkable running career, winning a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics despite being ranked 39th of the 200 best marathoners in the world. Seventy days later he finished second in the New York City Marathon. Continue reading Meb Keflezighi Named RRCA Male Runner of the Year