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Run to overcome : the inspiring story of an American champion's long-distance quest to achieve a big dream

Author: Meb Keflezighi; Dick Patrick
Publisher: Carol Stream, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, ©2010.
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When Meb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon in 2009-the first American to do so in 27 years-some critics questioned whether the Eritrean-born runner was "really" an American despite his citizenship status and representing the USA on two Olympic and several World Championship teams. Yet Meb is the living embodiment of the American dream. His family came to the U.S. to escape from a life of poverty and a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Biografías
Named Person: Meb Keflezighi; Meb Keflezighi; Meb Keflezighi
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Meb Keflezighi; Dick Patrick
ISBN: 9781414339573 1414339577 9781496402370 1496402375
OCLC Number: 644694612
Description: xii, 242 p. : ill. (chiefly col.) ; 24 cm.
Contents: An American dream --
Out of Eritrea --
Coming to America --
UCLA days : student first, athlete second --
Turning pro and living small --
Athens --
another joyous moment --
Love story --
Life on the run : the elite game --
Trials and tribulations : a test of faith --
King of New York --
The bell lap --
Meb's year-by-year personal bests --
Meb's marathon history --
Meb's national titles.
Other Titles: Inspiring story of an American champion's long-distance quest to achieve a big dream
Responsibility: Meb Keflezighi with Dick Patrick.

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When Meb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon in 2009-the first American to do so in 27 years-some critics questioned whether the Eritrean-born runner was "really" an American despite his citizenship status and representing the USA on two Olympic and several World Championship teams. Yet Meb is the living embodiment of the American dream. His family came to the U.S. to escape from a life of poverty and a violent war with Ethiopia; Meb was 12 at the time, spoke no English, and had never raced a mile. Yet he became an A student and a high school state and national champion. And when he stood on the platform as a silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics, Meb knew his hard work and determination had paid off. How could life be any better? Then it all came crashing down. Meb, a favorite for the Beijing Olympics, fractured his pelvis during the trials and was left literally crawling. His close friend and fellow marathoner suffered a cardiac arrest at the trials and died that same day. Devastated, Meb was about to learn whether his faith in God, the values his parents had taught him, and his belief that he was born to run were enough to see him through. Run to Overcometells the inspirational story of a man who discovered the real meaning of victory, and who embodies the American spirit of overcoming the odds.

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