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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (245 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Meb Keflezighi Narrator: Dick Patrick, Jon Gauger Publisher: Oasis Audio, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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When Meb Keflezighi won the New York City Marathon in 2009, the first American to do so in twenty-seven 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 United States to escape from a life of poverty and a violent war with Ethiopia; Meb was twelve at the time, spoke no English, and had never raced a mile. Yet he became an A student and a high school state and national champion. And when he stood on the platform as a silver medalist in the 2004 Olympics, Meb knew his hard work and determination had paid off. How could life be any better?

Then it all came crashing down. Meb, a favorite for the Beijing Olympics, fractured his pelvis during the trials and was left literally crawling. His close friend and fellow marathoner suffered a cardiac arrest at the trials and died that same day. Devastated, Meb was about to learn whether his faith in God, the values his parents had taught him, and his belief that he was born to run were enough to see him through.

Run to Overcome tells the inspirational story of a man who discovered the real meaning of victory, and who embodies the American spirit of overcoming the odds.

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  • Run to Overcome is the inspiring story of the man who led the rebirth of distance running in the States. A truly American story.”

    Boston Globe

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Hali | 2/19/2014

    " This was an inspiring book. It's amazing how something like a PE running test can begin a career. I enjoyed how Meb portrayed his love for his family & friends along with his spirituality throughout the book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Beth | 2/14/2014

    " I'm fascinated to read the stories of runners (and other athletes, but especially runners), and this one was definitely on my list. Meb's story is fascinating. Yes, it gets a little preachy at times, but I had expected that going in - Meb's faith is a huge part of who he is. He's definitely an inspiration! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Marsha | 2/3/2014

    " Great book about running but also about becoming a citizen of the USA and love of God. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Tiffany | 2/1/2014

    " Ever since I saw Meb conquer the 2009 NY marathon with the USA singlet on, I have been a huge fan! Hearing his story is inspiring, reading it firsthand in 'Run to Overcome' is a heartfelt look into Meb's life journey. Meb writes about his family's roots in Eritrea and how much his parents sacrificed to get him and his siblings to a safer environment. After years of separation and preparation, his father was able to get the family to Italy and ultimately the U.S. Meb's story is the essence of the American dream- immigrant comes to the land of opportunity, works hard, and can achieve anything he wants in life. The fact that he is now an Olympic silver medalist and one of the fastest endurance runners in the country is astonishing and wonderful. The other piece of this book that is wonderful to read is how close Meb is to his parents, siblings, wife, children, friends, and his coaches. He appears to be a genuinely caring person who is thankful to have a strong network of friends and family in his life and never takes them for granted. I loved this book and I hope to see Meb conquer many more races and goals in his lifetime. I would highly recommend this book to Meb fans, runners, and also to anyone looking for an inspiring read. It will make you want to do more with your life and be your best self. "

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