Boston Marathon winner Meb Keflezighi has entered the half-marathon event at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in San Diego, the organizers of the June 1 race announced Wednesday.
Last week, the San Diego High School graduate became the first American man to win the Boston race since 1983.
“To return to the streets of San Diego for the Suja Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon after winning the Boston Marathon will be something special for me and my fellow runners,” Keflezighi said.
“This year I look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge to help more athletes achieve their goal in the city where I grew up,” he said. “To have that opportunity amongst so many friends and family is something I’m really looking forward to.”
The 2004 Olympic silver medalist has twice won on the 13.1-mile course in San Diego. He is also scheduled to make several public appearances before the race.
Bands and cheerleaders line the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon course as it winds through downtown San Diego, neighborhoods around Balboa Park and Mission Valley. The title sponsor is a San Diego producer of organic fruit juices.
–City News Service