Jason Hartmann Talks About Beating Meb In SF

  • By Duncan Larkin
  • Published May. 20, 2011
Jason Hartmann took a minute off his PR at last year's Chicago Marathon. Photo:

Jason Hartmann took a minute off his PR at last year's Chicago Marathon. Photo:

He finished six seconds ahead of the legendary runner.

At last weekend’s, Zazzle Bay to Breakers, KIMbia athlete Jason Hartmann placed sixth overall. He was the first American to cross the line. More impressive than that: he beat out Olympic silver medalist and ING New York City Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi.

In a recent interview with Running Times, Hartmann talked about his race against Meb. “Meb is the pinnacle of U.S. distance running…He’s someone that I want to compete against and try to beat. Anytime I can compete against that kind of caliber of athlete and beat him, is the greatest kind of accomplishment,”

In the same interview, Hartmann revealed that he was in a slump leading up to the Bay to Breakers and said that it had started after his first-American placing at last year’s Bank of America Chicago Marathon where he set a one-minute PR.

“It’s difficult to describe why things haven’t really clicked after the marathon,” he said. “Now I feel like I’m in a position where things are settled and moving forward.”

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Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin

Duncan Larkin is the news editor at 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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