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Boston Marathon doesn't invite Meb Keflizighi

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by sportbook, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. sportbook

    sportbook Member

    I know there isn't a lot of marathon/running discussion on this board (why would there be?) but this is an interesting story. Does anyone have a better sense of what this is all about?

    Meb was second at the 2004 Olympics in Athens and won the NYC marathon as recently as 2009. He also is a U.S. citizen and ran in high school in San Diego, although he was born overseas. He's considered to be one of the classiest champions and is beloved by other runners.

  2. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member


    If Meb isn't there I definitely won't watch!

    Total bullshit. I am so outraged. I'm sure Bob Ryan is right on this.
  3. sportbook

    sportbook Member

    There's no reason to be a smartass. I found it kind of interesting. If you don't want to read about it then don't.
  4. YankeeFan

    YankeeFan Well-Known Member

    Meb is one of the classiest athletes you'll ever meet. He's been an ambassador for the sport and is a very proud American.

    The Boston Marathon blew it.
  5. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Maybe it has something to do with his running the NYC Half-maratahon only a month earlier... pretty short recovery time.
    Shouldn't matter but if Boston suspects he might not be at his best the financial offer might be lower than Meb deserves.
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  6. mustangj17

    mustangj17 Active Member

    Essentially, that 13.1 mile run a month earlier would be a training race. If he's running 26.2 chances are he has a long run planned once a week for 1-2 months before his race... He might be going a good 18-20 miles two weeks before.

    For most people, I could see how that would be a problem. But for a world class athlete it shouldn't be a big deal. And it completely sucks that he was left out. I always enjoyed watching Meb.
  7. ringer

    ringer Member

    Nah, the NYC half doesn't matter. Ryan Hall, for example, is running both races.

    If it's true that Meb didn't receive ANY offer from Boston, that IS outrageous -- and especially outrageous for a race on US soil. You'd think they'd be killing to attract the best American marathoners for publicity's sake. Instead they got these household names: Geoffrey Mutai, Gilbert Yegon, Tadese Tola, Evans Cheruiyot and 2010 New York City champion Gebregziabher Gebremariam.

    Great runners, but from a business/marketing perspective? Go figure.
  8. BYH

    BYH Active Member

    We're there for you, man. Come here. Man hug. Be strong.
  9. spnited

    spnited Active Member

    Imagine, Mr. 8-seconds making fun of marathon runners.
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  10. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    Oh, come on. You can't see a "spelled like it sounds" ad campaign off that guy?
  11. Mystery Meat II

    Mystery Meat II Well-Known Member

    This has already been covered in the running running thread
  12. Stoney

    Stoney Well-Known Member

    Seriously? A world class marathon runner needs more than a month to recover from a 13.1 mile run? Not buying that explanation at all.
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