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( From High School to the Olympics: How Meb’s Appeared in Our Pages

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Date: Sunday, 05 November 2017

From High School to the Olympics: How Meb’s Appeared in Our Pages

Seeing the rise of a legendary career through the pages of our magazines.

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017, 12:28 PM

As Meb Keflezighi prepares for his farewell marathon in New York City, we rounded up a timeline of his greatest moments in our magazines (both Runner’s World and Running Times) over the years. From being an unheard-of high school runner to master of 26.2 miles, America’s most beloved marathoner has had a legendary run, from start to finish line.

Running Times, August/September 1994: The Quiet Killer

Meb Keflezighi

Running Times had the right idea back in 1994 with its first reference to the virtually unknown Mebrahtom Keflezighi of San Diego High School. The Eritrean-born senior was already among the nation’s fastest, securing a double victory in the 1600- and 3200-meter races at the California state meet, with times of 4:07.67 and 8:58.11. Meb’s distance of choice at the time was the four-lapper, although he planned to tackle longer distances as a student at UCLA. High school coach Eduardo Ramos noted Meb’s unique, quiet demeanor and studied approach to running—something that remains true of Meb’s style today

Runner’s World, March 1998: Race Recap

Meb Keflezighi

Meb closed out his junior season at UCLA in 1997 with a win at the NCAA Championship 10K in 28:54. His breakout race earned him recognition as 1997’s NCAA Division I Men’s Cross Country Athlete of the Year.

Running Times, December 2000: A Man of Two Countries

Meb Keflezighi

Coming off a victory at the 10,000 meters at the 2000 Olympic Trials, Meb was buckling down for his first Olympic games in Sydney. We caught up with him in our December issue of Running Times, where Meb talked about his love of running, native country Eritrea, and future plans. “I’m lucky enough to have two countries,” he said. “I want to help Eritreans with coaching and sponsorship. I know there are 3.5 million people there who are proud of me. I’ve not forgotten them.”

Runner’s World, July 2001: A Minority of One

Meb Keflezighi

On May 4, 2001, Meb broke the U.S. 10,000-meter record—the first of many times he would rewrite the running history books. His time of 27:13.98 made us curious about the life of this 25-lap phenom, and we got some answers in “A Minority of One.” Meb shared that transitioning to American life wasn’t as smooth as his graceful running stride. “I didn’t know the culture here. Kids made fun of me and my clothes,” he said. “But my parents taught us to do the best with what we had.”

Meb Keflezighi


Running Times, June 2003: Mammoth Mission

Meb Keflezighi

By June 2003, Meb was taking his training to new heights at the Team USA high-altitude training camp in Mammoth Lakes, California. At 28 years old and training at 8,000 feet, he was primed for the 10,000 meters or marathon in the 2004 Olympics. “Sure, I have my goals,” he said, “to do the best that I can. Beyond that, the bar just gets higher.

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