Celebrating Meb


(Update on celebrating Meb)

Meb Keflezighi – 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon Winner
Come celebrate Meb Keflezighi’s Olympic Marathon Trials VICTORY!
Meb will represent the US Olympic Team once again in London this summer and we want to bring him home after his big trials win in Houston this past Saturday with a warm Mammoth Lakes welcome!
Tuesday January 17 (Back-up day the 18th) The Village at Mammoth
4-6 p.m. with a ceremony at 5 p.m. to welcome Meb home
Music from Jeffrey James & the Wanted Gang
Stay tuned to Visit Mammoth on Facebook for any changes to the event and schedule.

Mammoth Tourism Director John Urdi emailed the big news that Meb Keflezghi won the Olympic Trial Marathon in Houston, Texas.  Other Mammoth runners placed very well, too.  Here’s what Urdi told the us:

“HUGE news today from the 2012 Olympic Trials Marathon in Houston.

I texted some of you earlier but here is an update from the Olympic Marathon Trials – first off congrats to coach Terrence Mahon for an outstanding day for Mammoth Track Club – GREAT JOB!

Meb WON an amazing men’s race with a personal best of 2:09.08 (5 seconds better than Novembers NYC marathon and 22 seconds ahead of Ryan Hall).

Ryan Hall came in second and while we can’t claim him he is still notable for his time in Mammoth Lakes.

For the women – Amy Hastings from Mammoth Track Club took fourth place and after speaking with the women’s distance coach for the Olympics – she thinks there is a very good chance one of the other women in the top three will choose to compete in another event (10,000m) leaving a spot for Amy on the women’s Olympic Marathon team.  We won’t know about this until after the track trials in Eugene, OR end of June but it looks promising.

Deena Kastor was in the lead pack for most of the race and ended up with an impressive 6th place – not sure when she, Andrew and Piper are back in town but it would be great to do this when we have her back as well – I will check with Andrew tonight.

Other notable Mammoth Track Club athletes – Josh Cox 14th place, Patrick Smyth 22nd place and Jennifer Rhines 64 place.

We have a media reception we are hosting tonight and in light of our teams results today – I am anticipating a good turnout.

Meb and his family will be back in town on Tuesday around 5pm and I would very much like to see us pull together an event in the Village to celebrate his amazing victory today as well as the great success of the team overall.  I will know more about the rest of the teams schedule to return tonight and we may adjust this if it makes sense but some may not be coming back to Mammoth Lakes immediately.  I have heard back from Dion that the Village is in to host now we just need to dial it all in with just a few days.”

Read the story: http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/keflezighi-wins-mens-us-olympic-trial-flanagan-takes-womens-competition/2012/01/14/gIQAFfLlyP_story.html


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5 Responses to Celebrating Meb

  1. kaat January 17, 2012 at 6:39 pm #

    Congrat’s MEB! I watched the race (recap) and it was fantastic!

  2. Dingo January 17, 2012 at 5:59 pm #

    AWESOME!! Good for Meb good and for Mammoth, even if some knuckleheads don’t appreciate accomplishments like this or what they can do for a small community like ours thinking they are a waste of time.

  3. Jake January 17, 2012 at 2:22 pm #

    O boy let’s email our potential visitors with this info… what a waste of time.

  4. Ken Warner January 16, 2012 at 3:48 pm #

    Another testimony for the effectiveness of high altitude training for ALL sports. The business community is missing a big opportunity by not expanding our sport training options. There should be a real Olympic quality track and field facility. There should be a real NFL quality football training facility. There should be a real NBA quality training facility. There should be a real Olympic quality swimming and diving facility and they should all be in walking distance from Cerro Coso. Oh and by the way — none of those sports depends on SNOW!!!!

    Two birds with one stone so to speak — the training facilities could attract professional and Olympic athletes and students to Cerro Coso and accelerate it’s transition to a real 4 year college. Students at Cerro Coso could major in advanced physiology and training and sports medicine. Along with other contemporary majors like renewable energy and information technology. It all fits together…

    Instead, our thirty years too late business community wants to emphasize recreational drinking and shopping that a few select people can partake of by flying into our gold plated (yet somehow worthless) airport. [shakes head]

    On the other hand, we will have a $500,000 Gateway Monument Park that people can marvel at as they drive up 203 — if they drive up 203.

    • Wayne Deja January 16, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

      Ken Warner….Sounds like you should have been a planner for your city back in the 70’s and 80’s..instead of what they had back then.But what they wanted was the tourist $$$$,and that’s about it.Now..what they wanted,they got…the party town,a place,like you say,to drink and raise $#&^ at night,ski and snowboard during the day,and then go back home to Southern California…..and leave the city of Mammoth to pray for snow every Winter.


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