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Meb and Ryan Hall To Run 2010 Boston Marathon

Published by
jmcd77   on Dec 18 2009, 01:30 PM

John Hancock Financial Announces Top Americans Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall to Run 2010 Boston Marathon and Seek American Win

BOSTON, Dec. 18 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- In celebration of its 25th anniversary as the principal sponsor of the Boston Marathon, John Hancock Financial today announced the signing of top Americans, Meb Keflezighi and Ryan Hall, for the 114th running of the race on April 19, 2010.

Keflezighi and Hall have proven themselves as two of the best distance runners of all time. They have the talent and credentials to challenge Boston's world-class field as they each seek to become the first male American winner since Greg Meyer in 1983. At previous Boston Marathons, each has placed third: Hall in 2009 and Keflezighi in 2006.

Fresh from his historic marathon win in New York City is Keflezighi, a two-time Olympian and American record holder in the 10,000m. Keflezighi won the silver medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Marathon and holds multiple national titles.

"Boston has a great tradition not only to the running community but also to the rest of the world," said Keflezighi. "It has always been my ultimate goal to win the Boston Marathon."

This has been a banner year for Keflezighi who improved his personal best to 2:09:15 with his New York City win and also claimed national titles in cross country, seven miles, half marathon and the marathon.

"Winning in New York was a huge personal triumph and the victory belongs to my family and support team," said Keflezighi. "I am glad I can help move the continued resurgence of U.S. distance running to the next level. I am living the American dream and feel blessed."

Hall carries his own impressive qualifications as the second fastest American marathoner of all time with a 2:06:17 personal best. Only former world record holder Khalid Khannouchi has posted a faster U.S. mark. Hall holds American records in the 20K and half marathon. He was first at the 2007 U.S. Olympic Trials, shattering the event record by more than a minute, and went on to place 10th at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Marathon.

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