Meb Keflezighi

Meb Keflezighi USA

Keflezighi, an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador, raced the 26th and final career marathon at the TCS New York City Marathon, collapsing at the finish line to finish in 11th place.

In 2015, in completing his 10th New York City Marathon, Keflezighi tied Grete Waitz of Norway for the most appearances in the elite division of the race; in the process, he broke the event record for masters athletes (age 40+) by 62 seconds with a 2:13:32 performance. He’ll surpass Waitz’s mark when he runs the five-borough course as an NYRR Team for Kids Ambassador on November 5. 

In 2009, Keflezighi became the first American since 1982 to win the New York City Marathon. Throughout his career, he’s finished in the top 10 in New York eight times and has finished as the top American seven times. Last year, he joined other members of the United States’ Rio Olympic marathon team as a Grand Marshal for the TCS New York City Marathon.

Keflezighi recorded one of the more memorable moments in American distance running when he won the 2014 Boston Marathon. He broke away from the field early and held his lead to become the first American male Boston champion since Greg Meyer in 1983. The previous year, Keflezighi, spectating, had stood in Copley Plaza to greet finishers and left only a short time before the bombing attacks occurred. The Boston win, in a personal-best 2:08:37 at age 38, lengthened the 2004 Olympic marathon silver medalist’s remarkable stay at the top of the U.S. ranks. In his second Olympic marathon, in London in 2012, Keflezighi placed fourth after passing 13 men in the second half of the race. At the Rio 2016 Olympics, he finished 33rd in 2:16:46.

Keflezighi was born in Eritrea in a village with no electricity. His parents took their 11  children out of the country when a war with Ethiopia would have forced the boys into the military. They eventually settled in San Diego, CA; Keflezighi became a U.S. citizen in 1998, and won four NCAA titles while at UCLA. After graduation, he continued to train with his college coach, Bob Larsen, and he set a 10,000-meter national record of 27:13.98 in 2001 that stood for nine years.

  • Date of Birth May 5, 1975
  • Age 44
  • Gender Male
  • Country USA
  • Residence San Diego, CA, USA

RACE HISTORY

Career Highlights

Year Event Time PLACE
2017 TCS New York City Marathon 2:15:29             11th   
 2016  U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon  2:12:20 2nd 
 2014  Boston Marathon  2:08:37 1st 
 2012  London Olympic Games Marathon  2:11:06 4th 
 2012  U.S. Olympic Trials Marathon  2:09:07 1st 
 2004  Athens Olympic Games Marathon  2:11:29 2nd 

NYRR RACE HISTORY

Year Event Place Time
2019 2019 Popular Brooklyn Half 2903 1:40:37
2019 2019 Virtual NYRR NYC Half - 5K 276 0:21:18
2018 TCS New York City Marathon 2018 1953 3:10:34
2018 2018 NYRR Virtual New Balance 5th Ave Mile 96 0:05:44
2018 2018 NYRR Virtual GOOAAALLL 5K 191 0:21:39
2018 2018 NYRR Virtual Sunrise to Sunset 5K 26 0:20:15
2018 NYRR Virtual NYC 10K 261 0:51:56
2017 TCS New York City Marathon 2017 11 2:15:29
2017 2017 United Airlines NYC Half 20 1:04:55
2015 TCS New York City Marathon 2015 7 2:13:32
2015 2015 Fifth Avenue Mile 185 0:04:58
2015 United Airlines NYC Half 2015 8 1:02:17
2014 TCS New York City Marathon 2014 4 2:13:18
2014 NYC Half 2014 10 1:02:53
2013 ING New York City Marathon 2013 23 2:23:47
2013 2013 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 9 0:28:57
2012 UAE Healthy Kidney 10K 7 0:29:08
2012 NYC Half 2012 12 1:01:41
2011 ING New York City Marathon 2011 6 2:09:13
2011 NYC Half 2011 15 1:02:52
2010 2010 ING New York City Marathon 5 2:11:38
2009 2009 ING New York City Marathon 1 2:09:15
2006 2006 ING New York City Marathon 20 2:22:02
2006 NYC Half-Marathon presented by NIKE 2 1:01:28
2005 2005 ING New York City Marathon 3 2:09:56
2005 Healthy Kidney 10K 3 0:28:53
2004 2004 ING New York City Marathon 2 2:09:53
2004 USA Men's 8K Championships 1 0:22:16
2003 NYRR 8000/USA Men's 8K Championships 1 0:22:28
2002 2002 New York City Marathon 9 2:12:35

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