March 5 - Overcoming Long Odds

Overcoming Long Odds


He was born in Eritrea, a small, poor country of about half a million in East Africa just north of Ethiopia and east of Sudan on the Red Sea. He and his family immigrated to San Diego in 1987. About two years ago Meb Keflezighi could not walk...even moving in his bed required help! His problem came as a result of fracturing a hip on November 3, 2007 at the Olympic Marathon Trials in New York. He finished eighth in spite of break his hip ...a huge disappointment because he had won the silver medal at the 2004 Olympics. He needed to qualify in the top three for the 2008 games. He didn't know he'd fractured his right hip until weeks later.

Now...let's fast forward to November 1, 2009 to the New York City Marathon, the world's largest and this time also included the United States Marathon Championship. Keflezighi who is now 34 years old was sort of an afterthought. He was viewed as being too old for a marathon as well as not being able because of his fractured hip.

HOWEVER...26.2 miles later, he proved all the pundits wrong to cross the finish line in a personal best time of 2 hours, 9 minutes, 15 seconds to win and defeat the four-time Boston Marathon champion, Robert Cheruiyot and became the first American to win this event since 1982!

After the race in an interview he said: Nobody ran their best time but me." He had spent the last two miles of the race talking to God. "It just showed the power of God was huge on my success." He always talks about faith and works when talking about his running. "You live and learn, in God's time. Whatever it takes, you have to work hard!" (Source: SPORTS SPECTRUM)

"Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do" (James 2:18)!