Meb Keflezighi starts last in Georgia race to raise money


Meb Keflezighi, 2004 Olympic silver medalist in the marathon and 2014 Boston Marathon champion, was in dead last on July 4th.

Not for long, though. Keflezighi began running ten minutes after the 21st wave of runners started the 10k Peachtree Road Race but quickly overtook those ahead of him.

His goal was not to win or break a record, but to raise money for the Atlanta Track Club’s youth running club by passing 22,500 people. He succeeded, passing 22,780 runners and raising $75,000.

His time was 38:58, far slower than his personal best of 27:13.

Keflezighi had a good time with his fellow runners; the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports that he said tapped a few racers on the shoulder and said “Tag, you’re it” before speeding off.

He didn’t have time for any selfies, however. “A lot of runners had their cell phone with them,” he told, “but by the time they wanted to take it out and take a picture, I was gone.” They would have to settle for using the hashtag #MebPassedMe on social media.

In April Keflezighi became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in more than thirty years. He also won the New York City Marathon in 2009.

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