Episode 2 / Meb Keflezighi

“Running takes you to places no other thing can. Sometimes cars and tourists can come see it, but with running you can be on a path or in other areas with dirt…you get to see a lot of great things.”

Meb Keflegizhi is a four-time Olympian and 2004 Silver Medalist in the marathon– a race distance he’s conquered 26 times (if you haven’t yet checked out his book 26 Marathons, I highly recommend it). Meb is the only athlete in history to win the New York Marathon, the Boston Marathon and an Olympic Medal. He was originally born in Eritrea before his family escaped a dangerous, war-torn situation and came to the U.S. In this episode, he reflects on his perception of his own identity and self during that time, how he has found and cultivated community over the years, how diversity impacted his college decision making process, and how he understood his cultural roots while being so far removed from his homelands.

In this Episode:

  • MEB (Maintaining Excellent Balance) Foundation
  • 26 Marathons by Meb Keflegizhi with Scott Douglas

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Music in this episode by Jacob Shije (Santa Clara Pueblo). This podcast was made possible through the Tracksmith Fellowship Program.

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