Meb Keflezighi arrived for his 10th New York City Marathon in the usual fashion, flying on a redeye from San Diego, taking the same room at a Midtown hotel.
“Meb’s the only one who asks for the redeye,” David Monti, who helps recruit elite athletes for the race, said, laughing. “He’s a guy that thrives on structure and detail.”
Attention to routine has built a glorious running career over 26.2 miles for Keflezighi, the only person who has won the New York City Marathon (2009), the Boston Marathon (2014) and an Olympic marathon medal (silver, 2004 Athens Games).
At 40, he enters Sunday’s race among a half-dozen favorites and is expected to qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics by finishing among the top three at the United States Olympic…