Quote Of The Day
“The race meant more to Meb than any other elite. The fatalities and injuries from last year’s race were personal to Meb, who was in Boston but did not compete due to an injury that left him shy of training …
A year ago he was sobbing in a hotel near the finish line shortly after hearing the blasts and then learning of the tragedy. Deaths and carnage from terrorism resonated with someone who was born in Eritrea during a war with Ethiopia.
One of his earliest boyhood memories is of helping villagers clean up the body parts of a boy about his own age who was playing with a land mine that he thought was a toy. From a young age, he learned that life is precious.
So it was not lip service when Meb said he had thought about the injured and dead for a year. It was not a perfunctory gesture when Meb wrote the names of the trio of last year’s fatally injured on his racing bib. Those were genuine inspirations for him, during months of training and during the race.”
– Dick Patrick writing about 2014 Boston Marathon champ Meb Keflezihgi.