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  • Hardcover: 1 pages
  • Publisher: TYNDALE (1 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414339577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414339573
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.1 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 213,807 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Run to Overcome When Meb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon in 2009-the first American to do so in 27 years-some critics questioned whether the Eritrean-born runner was "really" an American despite his citizenship status and representing the USA on two Olympic and several World Championship teams. Yet Meb is the living embodiment of the American dream. His family came to the U.S. to escape from a life of p Full description

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November 1, 2009 is a day I will always hold special. The New York Marathon was the first marathon I had really trained for and it was on what would have been my Grandmother's 83rd birthday. She had just passed away the week before and I would be channeling her for strength in those last 5 miles. Luckily, I persevered and achieved my goal of qualifying for the 2010 Boston Marathon. Not long after I finished and got my phone from the UPS trucks that had our personal belongings, I called a friend of mine in Raleigh who had been watching the race on Universal Sports. "Who won?" I asked, being a huge fan of the sport. "The American!" he said. "Ryan Hall?" I thought? "No, Meb. He left Robert Cheruiyot at Mile 22 or so." I couldn't believe it. I was one of those that had all but written Meb off on the world marathoning scene, but after reading "Run to Overcome," I should have never doubted him.

"Run to Overcome" is a nicely put together biography written by Meb himself with the help of ex-longtime USA Today Track & Field contributor Dick Patrick that will please new runners and experienced veterans alike. It is a genuine account in the vein of Tom Jordan's "Pre" that starts with Meb's childhood in Eritrea and his family's difficult trek to the States. Being a long time fan of Meb, "Run to Overcome" does a focused job of telling the story of his rise through the ranks in the US running system, starting with his outstanding San Diego High School career that ended with a 2nd place finish at the 1993 Foot Locker Cross Country Championship and would earn him a full scholarship to UCLA, where he would meet his longtime coach, Bob Larsen.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Inspiring 7 Nov 2010
By N. Taylor - Published on
Format: Hardcover
From very humble beginnings, Meb relies heavily upon his Christian faith and belief in the American Dream. Coming from a war-torn country where food is scarce and luxury includes owning your own skinny cow, Meb recognized the positives in life early on. His father, willing to sacrifice his own safety and well-being, traversed the continent to reach Sudan then emigrated to Italy. At this point the very large family joined him. Meb recalls the joyful reunion in detail.

Two years later, the family immigrated to the United States. Through hard work and positive relationships, Meb learned to love running. The book details his journey from a small country on the African continent to his Olympic showing and winning the New York Marathon. Following each chapter, the reader is provided with "Runner's Tip" and "Overcomer's Tip." Overcomer's tips are not only applicable to running but succeeding in other endeavors.

Inspiring and enjoyable read. I was personally so inspired that I took my youngest son to the park and walked around it for 15 minutes. Wahoo!
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Good Read 15 Dec 2010
By Health tchr - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Maybe not the best written book, but it definitely contains a little something for everyone - history, running community, training strategies, geography, "big races", worth ethic and goal setting, and motivational. I highly suggest this book for recreational runners who have participated in a couple of small races, parents of high school cross country runners, college runners, and avid runners. I think this book has a little something for everyone. It's a quick read and I came away from the book having gained running and personal insight. Meb's story is truly amazing.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Meb's History before Boston Marathon Win, not to be missed 25 April 2014
By Timothy Wason - Published on
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I read this book right after watching the Meb win the Boston Marathon, ain't Kindle wonderful? A perfect way to end the day, that day, when American long distance running came back from the wilderness.
In the glaring lights of his triumph, it seemed like Meb's win had sort of suddenly come about just on Patriot's Day, but of course it's a marathon, so we know instinctively that can't be true, even if we haven't run one of the darn things...
For some folks, they might not be so keen on the detailed times and other things of the trade, but stay with it even if you don't know what 62 second pace yields for a 5K, that's just the surrounding of the story, not the substance. What is substantial is the fascinating story of really a whole family (mom, dad and ten kids) who came from Africa and succeeded in America, against impossible odds, to become a Great American Story.
I came away ready to run again, to get back in there and overcome my reluctance, and isn't that what your really want-- a profound boost to your life, not the tired "Reviewed" smugness of an English major, spinning smoke about trivial mistakes and ideal form? It's not perfect, but it's the perfect story of achievement, of overcoming.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
A decent read 22 Oct 2012
By Coops - Published on
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I can't say this book blew me away, but I read the whole thing, and for the most part enjoyed it. I think Meb has more of an analytic mind, as he went over more splits and race times than usual. This was fine for me, as I work well with numbers, but I think it softened the reading experience.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Run to Overcome 19 Jan 2013
By Dustin McElduff - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition
I really enjoyed this book about a great runner. As a Christian and a runner there was a lot in this book that was encouraging to me. I liked the runner's tips and overcome tips at the end of each chapter. I am glad I now know this great runner's story.
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