Meb Inducted into Breitbard Hall of Fame

2/26/2019
 
On Jan. 31, 2019, Mebrahtom "Meb" Keflezighi became the 15th track figure  — and the first runner since Monique Henderson in 2012 — to be inducted into the Breitbard Hall of Fame, San Diego's highest sports honor.
 
The San Diego High School alumnus joins such Olympic legends as Billy Mills, Arnie Robinson, and Gail Devers in the hall, now housed on the main concourse of the Western Metal Supply Co. Building at Petco Park, along with greats such as Ted Williams, Don Larsen and Bill Walton.
 
Meb also follows his UCLA and longtime professional coach Bob Larsen into the hall — inducted in 2010.  Best known for his stirring victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon, a year after the bombings, four-time Olympian Meb won the 2004 Athens silver medal in the Marathon and was fourth in the 2012 London Games.  He won the 2009 New York City Marathon after a track career that included four NCAA titles and an American record of 27:13.98 in the 10,000-meter run, set in 2001 and standing until 2010.
 
He lives in San Diego, along with his wife, Yordanos, and their three daughters.  He also runs the MEB (Maintaining Excellent Balance) Foundation, which promotes youth health, education, and fitness.  He's co-author of three books — "26 Marathons," "Meb for Mortals," and "Run to Overcome."