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Meb Keflezighi, Boston 2014, photo by PhotoRun.net

Mark Winitz invites you to read his profile story, Mammoth Mission, about yesterday's Boston Marathon men's champion Meb Keflezighi. The story originally appeared in the June, 2003 issue of Running Times magazine. It provides background and insights about the fortitude and environment that eventually led to the athlete's ascendence to the top of Boston's podium -- where he became the first American man since 1983 to win the venerable race.

Click here to read the story, or go to the following URL in your web browser:

http://www.runnersworld.com/elite-runners/mammoth-mission?page=single

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Susan Partridge, VLM 2012, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Freya Ross, NYC Half 13, photo by PhotoRun.net

Susan Partridge and Freya Ross will be testing themselves at the BUPA Great Edinburgh Run 10 Mile on Sunday, April 27, 2014. Details below, from BUPA Great Edinburgh Run. 
This is my journal as I travel through Copenhagen, Paris, London, Boston. Each day I try to give you some insights into my day in the world of sports media. 

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Shalane Flanagan, photo by PhotoRun.net

ODE TO THE BOSTON CHAMPION

by Toni Reavis

Meb Boston 2014

Through clamorous towns at a headlong pace,

We cheered you on into Copley Place,

Where with arms spread wide, and

Church bells pealing,

You bore a wreath of glory,

Though head still reeling.

*

Within that crucible of miles,

You'd been put to the test,

Parrying every challenge,

Proving whom was the best.

*

The distance you ushered,

The pain you endured,

Your flag now flutters,

Must all seem a blur.

 *

But the honor's all yours,

This Patriot's Day,

In this oldest of races,

As men shout, "Hooray!"

 *

And though crusted with salt,

Legs seized with fatigue,

The scene's one to savor,

As you recall the intrigue. Read more of this post


(Editor's note: Toni Reavis is one of the most thoughtful commentators on our sport. He has known Meb Keflezighi since he was in college. 

(Editor's note: Here is one of the eleven sponsors of Meb Keflezighi getting a bit of info out on their super hero. Truth is, Compression socks make sense for runners, and make HUGE sense while traveling. And, CEP, in truth, has been around a long time, doing great quality product. I have two pairs of CEP socks I use (they do not advertise). )


Meb Keflezighi is the American male who ended the drought at the Boston Marathon. In front of 33,000 of his closest runner compatriots and nearly a million fans, Meb held off the charges of athletes who had personal bests four minutes faster than his! 

The video included here is courtesy of Universal Sports. RunBlogRun readers tell us how they stay up or get up at 2 am to watch Paris, London, Rotterdam, all on Universal. With fine coverage and commentators who know the sport, Universal Sports gets it! 


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Meb Keflezighi winning 2014 BAA Boston, photo by PhotoRun.net


Lots of components were part of the story of Meb Keflezighi winning Boston yesterday. His training, his coaching relationship, his shoes, his ability to withstand pain, and his drive, among others. 

We received this release on Friday, and since then, I have been getting notes and texts, "what are the shoes that Meb raced in?" Well, here they are! 
This is the journal of my near month of trials and tribulations along the road. I journeyed to Copenhagen, Denmark, Paris, France, London, England, and Boston, MA. Each city has its charms and each event had a unique footprint in the sport. This is my entry for Monday, April 21, 2014. 

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Shalane Flanagan put on the hurt, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Meb Keflezighi takes Boston, photo by PhotoRun.net
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Meb Keflezighi wins Boston, photo by PhotoRun.net

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Rita Jeptoo wins Boston Marathon, sets course record, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

The amazing day that was April 21, 2014 gave us some historic moments: four women under the course record, and the first American male win since 1983. My mind will always stay with the fact that, for nearly two hours, on both the men and women's sides, Americans were leading the races. 

I did this audio tape during my walk through Boston Commons, around eight pm on Monday night, as the clean up crews were clearing out the piles of banana skins, and Gatorade cups in the trash cans. 

An amazing day, a historic day, a day when 36,000 runners showed how wonderful the city of Boston truly is. Boston Strong. 



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Shalane Flanagan pushing the pace, setting up a fast race, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

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Rita Jeptoo begins to crush the field, 
photo by PhotoRun.net

This is the fine story by Chris Lotsbom, of Race Results Weekly on Rita Jeptoo's historic race! 

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