SAN JOSE, CALIF. — Defending Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will lead a field of more than 13,000 entrants at the 2010 Rock ‘n’ Roll San Jose Half Marathon on Sunday, October 3. Meb will once again look to use the lightning quick San Jose course as a launching pad to victory at the November 7th ING New York City Marathon, the same countdown he utilized so successfully in 2009.
A three-time national 10,000 meter track champion (2000, 2002, 2004), the 35-year-old Keflezighi has won an impressive 20 USA road, track and cross country titles during his illustrious career. But the highlight to-date came at the 2004 Olympic Marathon in Athens where the UCLA grad picked up the silver medal, becoming the first American male to earn an Olympic Marathon medal since Frank Shorter’s silver in Montreal 1976.
The Bay Area has proven to be a place of good fortune during Keflezighi’s career. He set the U.S. 10,000 meter track record in Palo Alto in May 2001 (27:13.98), a time that remained on the books for nine years. And during last year’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon Keflezighi’s unofficial 20K split (12.4 miles) of 57 minutes, 52 seconds was better than Mammoth Track Club teammate Ryan Hall’s U.S. 20K record by two seconds. Keflezighi went on to complete his half-marathon victory in San Jose in 1:01:00, a 25-second improvement over his previous best which came in winning the USA Half-Marathon Championships in Houston in January ’09.
Following last year’s San Jose run, Keflezighi went on to make more history by becoming the first American male to win the New York City Marathon since 1982. His winning time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 15 seconds was also a personal best.
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