Photographing Meb Keflezighi
I’ve had the good fortune of photographing Boston Marathon Winner Meb Keflezighi twice now – and both times I was struck by how kind, unassuming and down-to-earth he is. Also very fast for very many miles. If you’re not familiar with Meb Keflezighi, he has not only won this prestigious race but also the New York Marathon in 2009 and took the silver medial in the Olympics Marathon (among a zillion other races).
This October 2014 Endurance Magazine cover is from our most recent shoot, which we did a mere two weeks after he won the Boston Marathon. During the shoot, he’d said he hadn’t taken the medal off one time yet. I kinda completely love that. Even more powerful? He won a purse of $150,000 at the Boston Marathon and had declared that he’d be donating $10,000 to the Martin W. Richard Charitable Foundation if he won (which he did), in memory of the young boy who passed away from his injuries after the bombings.
The foundation’s message mirrors that of 8 year-old Martin’s, who literally held up a sign with these simple and powerful words: No More Hurting People. Peace.
If you hadn’t watched this year’s Boston Marathon, it was an extraordinarily emotional finish. as Meb Keflezighi was the first American man to win the Boston Marathon in over three decades – and, of course, it was even that much more powerful to win it after what happened last year.
Here’s a glimpse of his finish, in an unbelieveable 2 hours, 8 minutes and 37 seconds:
And big thanks to Ivy Pointer for getting me this fun behind-the-scenes photo of part of our shoot with Meb, too – quite fun.