The alarm went off at 02:50 and the TV went on. At 03:01 we saw our dear friend Meb take off in the marathon in London. Meb is not just a runner, an Olympic athlete representing our country, but a 37 year old pursuing his dreams (he ran an Olympic marathon at 37!)! Meb was in the front of the pack at the beginning of the marathon but about 1/3 of the way through the pack started to pull away and he was in a trailing pack around 17-19th position and a few minutes behind the Nigerians. When the final lap was turning the corner, there was Meb with Japan and then shortly passing Brazil and in the end, he finished his last Olympic game career in 4th. 4th in the world, simply, bloody, amazing!
In the post race interviews, it was alluded to how Meb’s story is the American Dream. You really don’t know just how true this is! Spending time with Meb while he trained and to see all the runners of all ages here in the Eastern Sierra training stop to talk to him, inspired by him, I know when they said in the post race that he is an inspiration to this countries runners, he truly is! Meb’s “motto” Run to Overcome comes from his life. His book tells his story and just how with a spirit like Meb’s this country is still an amazing place to call home. Whether you’re a runner, athletic competitor or photographer, this book lifts you up and brightens any day.
Ten hours after the end of his race, an email came in from Meb. I can’t even imagine how jam packed his day must be after that amazing finish so I opened it up instantly. Even with all he has going being on the other side of the pond, he took time to reach out. That’s just the kind of amazing human being he is. We’re very proud of his accomplishments and honored to be able to call him friend! Congrats Meb!