Meb Keflezighi Hopes To Meet President Obama

By possibly winning New York again, Keflezighi hopes to get a much-sought-after invitation to the White House.

By winning New York again, Meb Keflezighi hopes to get a much-sought-after invitation to the White House. Photo:

The returning NYC Marathon champion thinks a second win there may increase his chances of meeting one of his personal heroes.

He’s been on the Late Show with David Letterman. He’s also been in Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. But he’s never met the man he dedicated his 2009 U.S. Cross Country Championship win to: President Barack Obama.

Keflezighi, a 35-year-old Eritrean-turned-American has just started a new foundation, the MEB Foundation, to combat childhood obesity in America–a cause also championed by First Lady Michelle Obama.

“I’d love to meet President Obama, whether or not he is still in office or done with his term. By winning in New York City and with my new foundation, it will hopefully increase my chances….I would love to somehow collaborate with her [Michelle Obama] to defeat obesity in the U.S., which is an epidemic now. I will be able to surround myself with so many good people with this foundation, and will hopefully achieve the things I set out to do, like promoting a healthy lifestyle and keeping fit,” Keflezighi said.

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