Whoa, I don’t know what’s more impressive — that 34-year-old American Meb Keflezighi won this race in 2 hrs. 9 minutes, becoming the first American to win this marathon since 1982 or that six Americans finished in the top 10.
“There were tears because you have visualized your dream and your dreams have become reality,” Keflezighi told the NY Times. “The other part as I’m running is Ryan. I know how proud he would have been of me.”
Ryan would be his close friend Ryan Shay, who collapsed during the 2007 Olympic time trial marathon on the New York course and subsequently passed away from a heart ailment at the ripe age of 27.