San Diego, CA –– The streets of San Diego will be alive with music and the excitement created by fans of hometown hero Meb Keflezighi during Sunday’s Dodge Rock ‘n’ Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society®. Keflezighi, running on the roads in the city he grew up in for the first time as a professional, will have plenty of supporters among the crowd, including his parents, brother, sister, wife, children, friends, former classmates and many in the community who have watched his rise to stardom with pride.
“It will be something special,” Keflezighi said, of his pro debut in San Diego. “I’m excited about it. I’m looking forward to doing it. It’s an opportunity for a lot of (familiar) people to see me. It should be fun running in the city where I grew up. I don’t get that treat very often. I’ve always wanted to do it.”
The diminutive Keflezighi, who became a naturalized U.S. citizen upon his graduation from UCLA in 1998, finished second in the marathon at the 2004 Olympics, becoming the first U.S. medalist in the event since Frank Shorter won gold in 1972 and silver in 1976. He will be trying to regain the form that has made him one of the world’s premier distance runners.
After his performance this Sunday, Meb plans to continue running in shorter road races throughout the rest of this year and next. His only commitments are to the ING New York City Marathon on Nov. 6 and the U.S. Olympic marathon trials Jan. 14 in Houston. Should he make the U.S. team – he missed out in 2008 because of a pelvic injury incurred during the Trials in Central Park where he placed eighth – it will be on to London for the 2012 Games.
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