Fresh off his historic win at the 2014 Boston Marathon, American Meb Keflezighi has sights set on his next race, and he's already determined he won't be finishing in first place. Meb announced on Wednesday that he will be participating in the Rock 'n' Roll San Diego Half Marathon, and will be doing so as an official pacer.
"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. This year I look forward to sharing my experience and knowledge to help more athletes achieve their goals in the city where I grew up. To have the opportunity amongst so many friend and family is something I'm really looking forward to."
Meb will be leading the 1:30 pace group, which for a half-marathon is a 6:53/mile clip -- it is literally (probably) about as slow as he can run (Meb averaged a 4:54/mile pace in the Boston Marathon).
This will mark the fourth consecutive year Keflezighi will appear at the race in his hometown of San Diego (Meb graduated from San Diego High School before attending UCLA). He was fourth in the half marathon last year, and won the event in both 2011 and 2012.
The Suja Rock ‘n' Roll San Diego Marathon & ½ Marathon To Benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society is set for Sunday, June 1. The race is currently offering a $20 discount to "Run With Meb."