It was a hair curling scream at the Tampa Yacht Club that alerted members; TYC employee Hadas Asgedom’s brother-in-law Meb Keflezighi won the Boston marathon.
Keflezighi is the first American runner to win the Boston Marathon since 1983.
“As soon as they said an American won it, it was signed, sealed, and delivered,” said Asgedom. “It was just a sign from god for a USA representative to win it.”
Keflezighi is married to Asgedom’s sister, and was just in Tampa this past December for the holidays, where he spent hours daily training along Bayshore Blouevard.
“For that age, to run that fast is amazing,” said University of Tampa men’s cross country coach Dror Vaknin. Vaknin trained with Keflezighi in December.
“I'm riding my bike and again he's running 4:50 pace for ten miles as a jog and he's just talking to me. I'm thinking okay, this is faster than the Gasparilla winner by three minutes on a workout, just a warm up,” said Vaknin.
Maurice Loregnard is Keflezighi’s brother-in-law and also lives in Tampa.
“He didn't get to run in the last Boston Marathon, he got injured a week before,” said Loregnard, who said Keflezighi was inspired to run after last year’s Boston Marathon bombings.
“It's just because of his work ethic, his determination and his passion to win,” said Lorengnard.