No Boston Invite For Meb Keflezighi

  • By Mario Fraioli
  • Published Feb. 10, 2011

Despite a fifth-place finish at last year's race, Meb Keflezighi did not receive an invitation to compete at this year's Boston Marathon. Photo:

Despite two top-5 finishes, John Hancock doesn’t extend an offer for this year’s race.

Meb Keflezighi, the 2009 New York City Marathon champion who followed that up with a fifth-place, 2:09:26 finish at the Boston Marathon last year, will not be on the starting line in Hopkinton on April 18 for the 115th running of the Patriots Day Classic.

The reason: not injury, not lack of fitness or interest on Keflezighi’s part. He simply wasn’t invited to the party, according to a post this morning on

“Unfortunately, though John Hancock’s representative indicated there was a lot of interest in having me as part of the field and keeping the conversation alive until late January, no offer was made,” Keflezighi wrote. “It’s not that I’m not getting what I want, it’s that John Hancock did not make me an offer at all. As much as I respect the opportunity to run the Boston Marathon, I would have accepted any reasonable offer. I’m really disappointed not to get an offer because I really thought that I could do something special on April 18 for the race, for US distance running, and, yes, for myself and my family.”

With no spring marathon in the cards, Keflezighi will turn his full attention to the New York City Half Marathon on March 20, where he will compete against the likes of top Americans Ryan Hall, Abdi Abdirahman and Patrick Smyth.

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Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli

Mario Fraioli is a senior editor at Competitor magazine. A cross-country All-American at Stonehill College in 2003, he now coaches the Prado Women's Racing Team in San Diego and was the men's marathon coach for Costa Rica's 2012 Olympic team. His first book, The Official Rock 'n' Roll Guide To Marathon & Half-Marathon Training (VeloPress, 2013) is available in bookstores, running shops and online.

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