Two months ago Meb Keflezighi crossed the finish line at the Boston Marathon. He became a symbol of triumph, one year after the deadly marathon bombings.
The champion runner brought his skills and inspirational message to Birmingham on Monday night.
Keflezighi says he stopped by the Magic City to visit friends and fans and to run a portion of the same route he ran during the 2004 Olympic trials in Birmingham.
"The trials were here ten years ago. So that was a bonding moment and the friendship and the comrade the sport brings together," explained Keflezighi.
A real treat for local runner Ira Jones who says she watched as he crossed the finish line.
"To be able to run with the best is just amazing," Jones said.
Jones was joined by the nation as people watched Keflezighi cross the finish line, one year after the Boston marathon bombing.
"I felt proud to be an American and win it and chant at the bombing site ‘Go USA USA!‘" Keflezighi said.
Keflezighi has been busy man a since the big win, but he's made his organization, Meb Foundation, a priority.
"Academics is the number one thing, the priority in my foundation, and exercise is big, and eating healthy," added Keflezighi.
On Monday he gave fellow runners tips on how to improve their breathing and form and how to reach their goals on and off the pavement.
"Success doesn't happen overnight. But if you do the right thing, it doesn't matter. Could be two weeks down the road, for me it was almost 39 birthdays before I won the Boston Marathon on the third try. So never give up on your dream," added Keflezighi.
Keflezighi ran 20 miles through downtown Birmingham with fellow local runners on Monday night.
They ended their trek at Work Play in Downtown. Keflezighi is running short races through the summer and plans to run a full marathon in the fall.
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