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Recently crowned Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi will participate in the Suja Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Marathon & Half-Marathon to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on 1 June.
Returning to his hometown and continuing the nationwide celebration of his victory, Meb will hit the streets and pace the 1:30 half-marathon group for his first race appearance since becoming the first American man to win the historic running event since 1983.
“To return to the streets of San Diego for the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon after winning the Boston Marathon will be something special for me and my fellow runners,” said Meb, who has a half-marathon lifetime best of 61:00.
“This year I look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge to help more athletes achieve their goal in the city where I grew up. To have that opportunity amongst so many friends and family is something I’m really looking forward to.”
Keflezighi, who turns 39 next week, won the Boston Marathon last Monday in a lifetime best of 2:08:37 to enhance his reputation as one of the best American marathon-runners of all-time.
“Meb truly epitomises the spirit of what it means to be a runner and we are thrilled to have him join us and our participants at the San Diego race. What better role model to help us kick off one of our marquee events and to help us celebrate what the sport of running truly means,” said Tracy Sundlun, senior vice president of CGI (Competitor Group Inc), who organise the race which celebrates its 17th anniversary this year.
“Not many people will ever be able to play basketball with LeBron James or catch a touchdown from Tom Brady, but here runners will have the once in a lifetime opportunity to run shoulder to shoulder with one of the greatest runners in American history.”
Both the marathon and half-marathon take place on Sunday, beginning on the west side of Balboa Park. The marathon begins at 6:15am and the half-marathon starts at 6:45am.
The race route incorporates a scenic tour of San Diego’s neighbourhood charm, passing through Little Italy, Old Town, University Heights and Normal Heights, before ending at Petco Park at 13th and K streets, with a finish line festival. The weekend experience concludes with a post-race concert inside the stadium headlined by Billboard chart-topper Aloe Blacc.
Over the 17-year history of the race, runners participating with Team In Training have raised more than $176 million to support the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) blood cancer research and patient services.
Organisers for worldrunning.com