Book Review: “Run To Overcome”

This review first appeared in the July issue of Competitor Magazine.

Written by: Sabrina Grotewold

“Run to Overcome” (By Meb Keflezighi and Dick Patrick; $24.99, Tynsdale House Publishers) epitomizes an immigrant family’s quest for the American dream. Meb Keflezighi’s autobiographical journey begins with memories of surviving political strife in Eritrea, a country in the Horn of Africa—sometimes separated from his father, forced to eat dirt to stifle hunger, tasked with cleaning up body parts of a friend torn apart by a land mine—to reuniting with his father in Italy to settling in California, where Keflezighi’s running talent develops. The simple prose and linear plot allow the persevering marathoner motif to shine: Keflezighi rose from the ashes of potential disaster twice during his career to earn an Olympic marathon silver medal and win the 2009 ING New York City Marathon.

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