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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