Three-time U.S. Olympian Meb Keflezighi will be attending the All-American Marathon on May 4.
“Being involved with this race is just a way to show appreciation for what this country has given to me and my Family,” said Keflezighi, the 2009 New York City Marathon champion and a member of the U.S. Olympic Team in 2000, 2004 and 2012. “I’m thankful for all of the opportunities I’ve had since coming to the United States, from getting a great education to winning an Olympic medal.”
A native of Eritrea, Keflezighi’s father worked in Sudan and Italy so he could move his wife and children out of the war-torn nation. The Family eventually moved to the United States when Meb was 12.
Keflezighi will be the guest of honor at the pre-race dinner and will participate in the official start of the marathon and half marathon. His participation is provided by Generation UCAN, the official nutrition provider of the races.
“I was very excited to hear about Generation UCAN’s involvement with the All-American Marathon, as UCAN has been an instrumental part of my training over the last four years,” said the Olympic silver medalist.
UCAN will be providing a sugar-free, naturally sweetened electrolyte hydration drink at every water stop. It will also offer its sports nutrition drink at three nutrition stops along the courses and at the finish.
Additionally, marathon runners will receive a complimentary packet in their registration packets.
“Fort Bragg has been recognized as a military installation with a commitment to promoting healthy lifestyles,” said Peter Kaufman, executive vice president of Generation UCAN. “UCAN nutrition is the perfect complement to their Healthy Base Initiative, which encourages people to take charge of their health through nutrition and fitness.”
Generation UCAN’s no-sugar sports nutrition drink is considered by nutritionists to be a healthier and more effective alternative to sugar and caffeine-based sports drinks. Its patented SuperStarch carbohydrate maintains steady blood sugar levels.
“We are honored to be involved with a race that will bring recognition to the sacrifices and hard work of the Army and its millions of servicemembers and their Families,” said Kaufman. “We encourage all runners to come out and join us in supporting our troops.”
In the 2004 Summer Olympics, Keflezighi finished second in the men’s marathon, earning a Silver Medal in time of 2 hours, 11 minutes and 29 seconds on one of the toughest marathon courses and conditions in history.
On Jan. 14, 2012, Keflezighi won the U.S. Olympic Marathon Trial in Houston with a time of 2:09:08, which was a new personal best by 5 seconds. He is the oldest winner of the Olympic Trials Marathon at age 36.
United Service Automobile Association is the presenting sponsor of the All-American Marathon and Mike-to-Mike HalfMarathon. Generation UCAN is the presenting sponsor of the All-American 5K.
The marathon and half marathon races will begin in downtown Fayetteville, with the final 16 miles of the marathon course going through Fort Bragg and past Pope Field, where paratroopers depart for worldwide combat missions. The 5K will take place in Fort Bragg’s historic district. All three races will finish at the historic Main Post Parade Field.