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Boston Marathon winner to attend Fayetteville's All American Marathon

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Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., celebrates his victory with an American flag after the 118th Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa) Meb Keflezighi, of San Diego, Calif., celebrates his victory with an American flag after the 118th Boston Marathon. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)
FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -

The winner of this year's Boston Marathon will attend the All American Marathon in Fayetteville next month.

Meb Keflezighi completed the 26.2 miles in a personal-best 2 hours, 8 minutes, 37 seconds. The win will be added to his resume, which already includes the New York City Marathon title in 2009 and a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics.

Fort Bragg announced that Keflezighi will participate in the inaugural All American Marathon on May 3 and 4, including speaking to runners at the May 3 pre-race dinner at the Holiday Inn Bordeaux in Fayetteville and signing autographs. Keflezighi will also be at the starting line and the finish festival on Fort Bragg on marathon day.

"Being involved with this race is just a way to show appreciation for what this country has given to me and my family," Keflezighi said.

Keflezighi will only participate in some of the race's activities, and will not run in the marathon. His participation with the All American Marathon is due to his association with the sports energy drink Generation UCAN, the official nutrition sponsor of the All American Marathon and the title sponsor of the All American 5K race.

Keflezighi's win Monday at the Boston Marathon comes after he nearly retired after the 2012 NYC Marathon, but that race was canceled because of Superstorm Sandy, and he pulled out of the Boston Marathon last April because of injury.

His win marked the first time a U.S. runner has won the race since Lisa Larsen-Weidenbach took the women's title in 1985. The last American man to win was Greg Meyer in 1983.

Runners interested in participating in the All American Marathon, Mike to Mike Half Marathon or All American 5K races May 4 can register by clicking here.

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