Keflezighi To Headline Peachtree Road Race — In Last Place

Meb Keflezighi will partake in the Kilometer Kids Charity Chase at the Peachtree Road Race on July 4. Photo:

The 2014 Boston Marathon champion will try to pass as many runners as he can during the 10K race on July 4.

2014 Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi will start the ACJ Peachtree Road Race in an unfamiliar position on July 4—last. But that placing won’t last long.

Keflezighi will try to pass as many runners as he can over the 10K course, with a goal of 22,500. He hopes to raise $75,000, the money from which will benefit the Atlanta Track Club’s youth running program. Keflezighi’s effort is part of the Kilometer Kids Charity Chase that takes place every year at the race.

“Since the day I was approached with the idea, I’ve been excited about running the AJC Peachtree Road Race to benefit Kilometer Kids,” Keflezighi said in a press release. “Atlanta Track Club’s commitment to inspire kids and empower them through a fun and educational running program is directly aligned with my belief that balanced living helps lead youth to success.”

Keflezighi, who became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983, is also the first person to ever win the Boston and New York City (2009) Marathons and an Olympic medal (2004, silver). He will participate in other activities leading up to the Peachtree 10K, including an ElliptiGO race and an appearance at the Peachtree Health and Fitness Expo.

“Watching Meb come across the finish line at the Boston Marathon was one of the more special moments I’ve experienced in sport,” said Rich Kenah, Atlanta Track Club’s executive director. “Meb has overcome obstacles his entire life; he is a role model and we’re honored to have him return to run the AJC Peachtree Road Race, this time to raise money for Kilometer Kids.”

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