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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale Momentum (October 25, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414339577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414339573
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (56 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,102 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Olympic Silver Medalist and three-time cross-country national champion Meb Keflezighi has written an autobiography aimed at runners. However, the core beliefs he shares—reliance on family, the Christian faith, and the American dream—apply to everyone. Narrator Jon Gauger’s cadence matches the emotional content of Keflezighi’s story, which begins with his escape from war-torn Africa, where food was scarce and owning a skinny cow was a luxury. Gauger’s narration captures Keflezighi’s drive to succeed upon his arrival in America, penniless and unable to speak English. Likewise, Gauger portrays the runner’s joy when his athletic prowess earns him a full scholarship to UCLA. Chapters end with specific tips for runners and general tips applicable to everyone. Besides great training advice, Keflezighi shares the real meaning and cost of victory." 
G.D.W. © AudioFile Portland, Maine
--This text refers to the Audio CD edition.

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Running is like life.You start at the same place with your fellow runners. You all finish at the same place. How you do is largely up to you. If you win, you congratulate your team and yourself. If you lose, you evaluate how to improve. You can’t make excuses like “He didn’t pass me the ball” or “The coach didn’t put me in.” It’s on you. That’s the beauty of the sport.
Faced with adversity and heartbreak at every stage of his career as a record-breaking long-distance runner, Meb Keflezighi learned from a young age to dream big and never give up—no matter how hard or far away the finish line seemed.
In Run to Overcome, Meb reveals the source of his inspirational grit and determination and urges readers from every walk of life to rely on their God-given talents to see them through life’s obstacles.
“Don’t you realize that in a race everyone runs, but only one person gets the prize? So run to win!” 1 Corinthians 9:24

Mebrahtom “Meb” Keflezighi and his family came to the United States after fleeing their native country of Eritrea to escape a violent war with Ethiopia. His unexpected athletic and academic successes earned him a full scholarship to UCLA, where he won four NCAA titles in one year and earned his BA in communication studies with a specialization in business. Meb is an Olympic silver medalist (Athens 2004) and a three-time national champion in cross country running (2001, 2002, and 2009). He came back from an injury to win the 2009 New York City Marathon, setting a personal best time of 2:09:15. Meb became a U.S. citizen in 1998. He lives in Mammoth Lakes, California, with his wife, Yordanos, and their three daughters, Sara, Fiyori, and Yohana.
Dick Patrick has worked as a sports reporter and editor at newspapers for 34 years (including more than 24 at USA Today). He has covered Olympic Games, Final Fours, track and field world championships, world cross country championships, and more than 60 major marathons. He has won several Associated Press awards as well as awards from the National Distance Running Hall of Fame and the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. He recently was named the first winner of the George Hirsch Media Award, presented by the New York Road Runners for contributions to distance running. He lives in Vienna, Virginia, with his wife, Jody, and two children, Eamonn and Shea. This is his first book.

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Very readable and very compelling to know his story.
Tabitha
Hearing his story is inspiring, reading it firsthand in 'Run to Overcome' is a heartfelt look into Meb's life journey.
T. DeBrock
This book is a "must read" for anyone who is a runner.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By N. Taylor on November 7, 2010
Format: Hardcover
From very humble beginnings, Meb relies heavily upon his Christian faith and belief in the American Dream. Coming from a war-torn country where food is scarce and luxury includes owning your own skinny cow, Meb recognized the positives in life early on. His father, willing to sacrifice his own safety and well-being, traversed the continent to reach Sudan then emigrated to Italy. At this point the very large family joined him. Meb recalls the joyful reunion in detail.

Two years later, the family immigrated to the United States. Through hard work and positive relationships, Meb learned to love running. The book details his journey from a small country on the African continent to his Olympic showing and winning the New York Marathon. Following each chapter, the reader is provided with "Runner's Tip" and "Overcomer's Tip." Overcomer's tips are not only applicable to running but succeeding in other endeavors.

Inspiring and enjoyable read. I was personally so inspired that I took my youngest son to the park and walked around it for 15 minutes. Wahoo!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Health tchr on December 15, 2010
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Maybe not the best written book, but it definitely contains a little something for everyone - history, running community, training strategies, geography, "big races", worth ethic and goal setting, and motivational. I highly suggest this book for recreational runners who have participated in a couple of small races, parents of high school cross country runners, college runners, and avid runners. I think this book has a little something for everyone. It's a quick read and I came away from the book having gained running and personal insight. Meb's story is truly amazing.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Chan on November 5, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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4 = Very Good
5 = Excellent

"Dream big and never give up" <quote from the book

A very inspiring man, Meb Keflezighi, who challenged himself and all obstacles to take 1st place at the 2009 New York City Marathon, the first American to hold that title since 1982. USA! USA! USA!

Meb came from the war-torn country of Eritrea where he and his family came face to face with death numerous times.Luckily, his family was able to escape to Italy and then to San Diego, CA.

Meb didn't come out of the womb a star runner. He actually didn't start running until Junior High as a backup when he wasn't playing soccer. It was then, Meb realized Running was a gift that enabled him to overcome all obstacles and succeed. It was through Running he was able to attain a scholarship to UCLA, sponsorship with major brands, such as Nike, meet the love of his life, and to be where he is today.

This book is a very easy read and it takes you into the personal life a how a boy with nothing channeled his energy with running through the rises and falls, the wins and defeats to become a pro.

"Running is like life....You can't make excuses. Its on you"

*Update*
Some people seem very adamant on why this is not a 5 star book. Some reason, saying it is a "good" book is not enough.

For me a 5 star book is a masterpiece, one that resonates with you and may even change your life. One that sticks with you til the end of time.

This was just a VERY EASY Sunday afternoon read, a good book to pass the time. I've read other books that were better and more well written. I read this so long ago other than remembering his name, I really don't remember anything about the book, hence it really didn't stick with me.

I really don't know what those readers are trying to expect. This is a 3 star book, with a 3 star review.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coops on October 22, 2012
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I can't say this book blew me away, but I read the whole thing, and for the most part enjoyed it. I think Meb has more of an analytic mind, as he went over more splits and race times than usual. This was fine for me, as I work well with numbers, but I think it softened the reading experience.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Donna L. Wise on November 12, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
"Run to Overcome" is a wonderful story about elite marathoner Meb Keflezighi that I enjoyed very much. Coming from humble beginnings, and overcoming the odds inherent to his family's emigration, he tells his story with such humility that I couldn't help but like it. I appreciated how he related things like his faith, and maintaining the values taught to him by his parents, as well as his heart for his Eritrean roots, while striving to be the best runner possible.
One unique touch to the book was the "tip" section at the end of each chapter, where he gives a "runner's tip" and an "overcomer's tip" (a general life tip).
Meb's story of overcoming reminds me of elite marathoner Kim Jones' story as well ("Dandelion Growing Wild" Dandelion Growing Wild: A triumphant journey over astounding odds by American marathon champion Kim Jones), and I recommend them both for a large dose of inspiration and perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dustin McElduff on January 19, 2013
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I really enjoyed this book about a great runner. As a Christian and a runner there was a lot in this book that was encouraging to me. I liked the runner's tips and overcome tips at the end of each chapter. I am glad I now know this great runner's story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By J. Lalonde on December 27, 2012
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I picked this book up in May, I believe. It's sat on my Kindle until recently. And I have to say that was a mistake.

Meb's story was one of inspiration. From the troubles in his homeland, the struggles of making it to the US, to physical injuries. Meb has faced quite a few trials.

And yet he's faced them with grace and honor. He allowed them to shape who he is which allowed him to tell a great story.

Being a novice runner, I enjoyed reading about his quest to be a champion marathon runner. He told it in details that I was able to visualize.

His pain and frustrations also were told in great detail. I enjoyed learning of the struggles and trials he faced. From his body giving out, having to give up training for awhile, and the death of a friend. I felt his pain as I read his words.

All in all, I give this book 4 out of 5 stars. It's a great inspiration with lots of great tidbits to pick up on.
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