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Meb Says Marathon Double Reward Worth The Risk

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published Apr. 29, 2011
  • Updated Sep. 12, 2012 at 12:55 PM UTC
Meb Keflezighi will be running a marathon double with just 69 days of separation. Photo: Photo Run.net

Meb Keflezighi will be running a marathon double with just 69 days of separation. Photo: Photo Run.net

He says the key is to stay healthy.

New York City has been kind to Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi. He won the marathon there in 2009, ending a 27-year drought of American victories. Earlier this week, the Eritrean-born U.S. citizen announced that he will return to the Big Apple in this year’s edition of the race.

This would not be a big surprise were it not for the fact that just 69 days after New York are the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trials.

But Keflezighi is not concerned about the proximity of the races.

“The key is to stay healthy, but that’s always my challenge because I push the envelope anyway,” he said.. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s one marathon a year, two marathons a year, or four in 13 months, like when I did Chicago ’03, the Trials, Athens (Games), and New York ’04. I just have to do a lot more therapy and work on the small details.”

In 2004, Keflezighi competed in two marathons 70 days apart when he ran in the Olympics and at New York. In both races, he came in second place.

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at Competitor.com and a freelance journalist who’s been covering the sport of running for over five years. He’s run 2:32 in the marathon and won the Himalayan 100-Mile Stage Race in 2007. His first running book, RUN SIMPLE, was released last July.

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