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Publisher's Summary

Meb Keflezighi (Kef-lez-ghee) is all about hope and second chances—starting with his very survival. The child of a small African country ravaged by a brutal war, Meb arrived in America with nothing but the clothes on his back, speaking no English and never having raced a mile. So how did he end up an A student, one of the most celebrated and respected athletes of his generation, and winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon?

His story sounds like the living embodiment of the American dream... but Meb’s path to victory hasn’t been smooth. Not long after he stood on the Olympic platform as a U.S. silver medalist, it all came crashing down. And he was about to find out whether his faith in God, the values his parents had taught him, and his belief that he was born to run were enough to see him through.

Run to Overcome tells the inspirational story of a man who discovered the real meaning of victory, and shares the secrets to overcoming the odds in your own life.

©2010 Meb Keflezighi (P)2010 Oasis

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Wonderful book

A wonderful story about how Meb and his family came to be in America and journey to become an elite marathoner. He takes you through his early days in Eritrean, immigrating to Italy and then the United States. From there he goes into how he became interested in running and through his progression from High School all the way through his 2009 NYC Marathon win. The book is filled with inspirational stories which are sure to help motivate any runner or just anyone who might need a little encouragement. I think this book should be required reading for every American.

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You gotta love Meb! - but...

What did you love best about Run to Overcome?

This is such a great story. I found it very inspiring on many levels. I do not share Keflezighi's religious faith, but even that aspect was presented so naturally that it did not detract from his story. What did detract, for me, was hearing it come out of a voice so obviously white-middle-America.

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Maybe Meb didn't care to narrate his own book, but could they not find anyone who might sound more like him?

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Awesome and inspirational book

I listened to this book while running my daily miles during the Pandemic of 2020 and it is truly an inspirational and uplifting book. It makes you realize that with a strong belief system and a trong will, there is a lot you can overcome. I have met Men several times and I know some of his family and he is truly a humble man who cares about the people around him. i definitely reccomend this book for runners as well as non-runners!

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Meb is awesome

Good book. I like Mebs 26 Marathons book a little better but this one is good to

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Overcoming with God in Life and Training

This book was a refreshing read! I enjoyed the heart and soul Meb poured into this book. I did not think it possible to love Men more but I do. His story of overcoming adversity and conquering life has inspired me to keep striving to be and do my best in whatever the task! I pray God continues to bless Men and his beautiful family! Many Blessings!

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As a runner, and one who has followed Meb, I loved the story. If you don't know of Meb, or aren't particularity interested in the marathon, this may not be for you. However, the narrator? 'Come-on-man'. The guy has a great voice, and if the narrator of a bio of George Washington, yea...great. But George Washington as Meb?...eh...no. I'm not saying that the voice has to be a perfect match, but for an autobiography, at least get 'somewhere' close. It was like listening to Lady Gaga narrating an autobiography of Patton.

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Running inspiration

Although this book didn't have very many applicable tips to the average runner, I still loved learning about his routine and things that have worked and not worked for him as an elite athlete! VERY Inspiring!!!!!

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Interesting, But wish Meb had read it himself

It was interesting to hear how Meb came to become such an accomplished runner. I definitely wish he had read the audiobook himself. The reader's voice just didn't match the tone of the book. This is a major turnoff to me for audio books. I probably wouldn't have bought the audio book if I had seen this ahead of time. Overall, though, as a runner I enjoyed learning how he overcame so many obstacles, and felt inspired to continue to work on becoming a better Runner myself.

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Very well-done book! Inspiring story. Engaging storyline. Useful tips for "runners" and "overcomers" at the close of most chapters. Fantastic narration!