On November 3, 2007, I was at the finish line of the Men’s Olympic Marathon Trials in Central Park (thanks to former and current teammate Erin C (who also got me into the marathon in 2006) I had a VIP pass with access to a big tent at Tavern). Ryan Hall got the loudest ovation as he finished, but the second loudest went to Meb Keflezighi, who finished eighth and it was in appreciation for his Silver Medal at Athens. (KK also got a rousing welcome; we didn’t know of Ryan Shay’s death at the time.)

On Sunday, of course, Meb became the first American since Alberto Salazar, in 1982, to win the NYC Marathon. The New Yorker has a brief piece on him. It concludes:

    “Cherish it,” he said. β€œIt’s a beautiful thing, when you can click the miles along. It’s a beautiful thing, and you better cherish it.”

Maybe that’s what makes the marathon so special.