Quantcast
Get breaking news alerts via email

Click here to manage your alerts
Meb to help pace sub-90-minute group in San Diego half marathon
Road racing » Boston Marathon winner moved to city from Eritrea in 1987.
First Published May 29 2014 11:14 pm • Last Updated May 29 2014 11:14 pm

San Diego • Meb Keflezighi will be a true champion of the people in his hometown Sunday.

Not recovered enough yet from winning the Boston Marathon to run the full 26.2 miles, Keflezighi will be the pacesetter for runners hoping to break 90 minutes in the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Half Marathon.

Join the Discussion
Post a Comment

After the elite runners take off, an estimated 200 runners will then start from the "Meb corral." It’ll be Keflezighi’s job to get them around the course, from Balboa Park to Petco Park, at a pace of about 6 minutes, 51 seconds per mile.

"You’re going to see a lot of selfies," Keflezighi cracked.

Meb’s ultimate goal is to have as many people as possible from his group holding hands and crossing the finish line at the same time.

Of course, there’s bound to be some carnage.

"Some of them might fall off but some of them are going to say, you know what, with a half mile to go whatever, they might just want to take off and say, ‘I beat Meb,’ which is fine," said Keflezighi, who turned 39 on May 5, two weeks after winning the Boston Marathon. "Anytime you can get people out to do activities, it’s great.

"The beauty of our sport is you get to line up with the best in the world, share the same roads, and sometimes, like Boston, I was fortunate enough to lead the way and help 36,000 people come across in first place."

Keflezighi is still enjoying the afterglow of his win at Boston, which came a year after the deadly bombing. Keflezighi wrote the names of the three dead on his bib along with that of the MIT police officer killed during the manhunt. Keflezighi was the first American in 31 years to win the men’s race.

But he’s also glad to be running in San Diego, where his family moved in 1987 as refugees from Eritrea, via Italy. The half marathon course goes within a block of the apartment where Keflezighi’s family first lived in San Diego. One of 10 children, he graduated from San Diego High in 1994 and from UCLA in 1999.


story continues below
story continues below



Copyright 2014 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Top Reader Comments Read All Comments Post a Comment
Click here to read all comments   Click here to post a comment


About Reader Comments


Reader comments on sltrib.com are the opinions of the writer, not The Salt Lake Tribune. We will delete comments containing obscenities, personal attacks and inappropriate or offensive remarks. Flagrant or repeat violators will be banned. If you see an objectionable comment, please alert us by clicking the arrow on the upper right side of the comment and selecting "Flag comment as inappropriate". If you've recently registered with Disqus or aren't seeing your comments immediately, you may need to verify your email address. To do so, visit disqus.com/account.
See more about comments here.
Staying Connected
Videos
Jobs
Contests and Promotions
  • Search Obituaries
  • Place an Obituary

  • Search Cars
  • Search Homes
  • Search Jobs
  • Search Marketplace
  • Search Legal Notices

  • Other Services
  • Advertise With Us
  • Subscribe to the Newspaper
  • Access your e-Edition
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Contact a newsroom staff member
  • Access the Trib Archives
  • Privacy Policy
  • Missing your paper? Need to place your paper on vacation hold? For this and any other subscription related needs, click here or call 801.204.6100.