Little known fact, Mebrahtom,means " ‘let there be light’" in Eritrea’s native Tigrinya language.
All Meb's family are in town to celebrate his final marathon.
A very nice profile on Meb's dedication with great quotes from himself, coach Bob Larsen and his wife Yordanos.
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“Honestly, it can’t come fast enough,” he says. “People know it’s my last one. I want it to be over. They don’t. It’s been a lot of pressure over the last 27 years—a lot of weight on the shoulders internally and externally."
Meb says a key to staying injury free is doing "prehab instead of rehab", talks about his goals and outlook for Rio and when he plans to finally hang 'em up.
Meb's says his family is coming, but he is "minimizing the risk" by only getting there 4-days before the marathon.
Usually behind the scenes, Merhawi found himself in the spotlight as he took on Nike over the Boris Berian contract dispute. Read how Merhawi got his start as Meb's agent and has expanded his roster so he'll have 4 Olympians in Rio.
Meb also ran a 30:07 10k last week as part of a promotional appearance. Meb: "It's important for me to purposefully undertrain.”
Lelisa Desisa, Meb Keflezighi, Ryan Hall, Wesley Korir and Ross Tucker all weigh in on the issue. Tucker doubts it will happen in the next 20-years; Hall thinks he could happen in two on a treadmill.
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“I mean, I was second in Athens, fourth in the last Olympics. I mean, anything in between would be great (laugh). Sometimes you say, I want to be top 10 and things like that but, honestly, I want to go out there and have a great time. But this is my last Olympics and I want to give it my best shot."
A look back at some of the defining moments in the race's 120-year history from from the first year's 24.5-mile race (with a winning time of 2:55) to Alberto Salazar's and Dick Beardsley's "Duel in the Sun" to Meb's historic win in 2014.
Meb talks about how he was 99% sure after the 2012 Olympics that it was his last one, says that Sydney was his most memorable Olympics and how he's excited his kids are old enough that they'll remember Rio.
Meb says the runner who has been most inspirational to him is Haile Gebrselassie.
Old hat for Meb who threw out the first pitch a couple days after he won Boston in 2014.
Ward talks about the inspirational moment at the finish were he was greeted by Meb Keflezighi.
Spoiler Alert: They go with Meb.