Meb Runs PR of 2:08:37 at Age 38 to Inspire Runners of All Ages
SAN DIEGO, CA (April 23, 2014)— The ElliptiGO Project, a group of elite athletes focused on using innovative training tools and techniques to improve performance, congratulated ElliptiGO Project member, Meb Keflezighi, on winning the 2014 Boston Marathon on Monday. Defeating a deep field stacked with international marathon winners, Keflezighi held off Wilson Chebet of Kenya to finish with a new personal record of 2:08:37. With this win coming just two weeks shy of his 39th birthday, Keflezighi has become an inspiration to aging runners in particular. His reliance on cross-training to keep himself healthy has made him the perfect example of what integrated ElliptiGO training can do for a runner’s performance.
“I always say age is just a number, but I do have to modify my training now and that’s where ElliptiGO has been a great asset to me,” said Keflezighi . “Sometimes I have to make a decision whether to go for a run or an ElliptiGO ride. Since there’s no impact, I stick to the ElliptiGO. I don’t wait until I get injured to get on it. I use it for the extra mileage, integrate it into my training, and the results speak for themselves. Doing supplemental workouts on my ElliptiGO helped me prevail today.”
Meb had considered retiring at the end of 2012, but decided he had a few more goals within running that he wanted to achieve. With this win, Keflezighi becomes the only person to ever win an Olympic medal (2004), the New York City Marathon (2009) and the Boston Marathon.
Reflecting on how he was able to achieve this victory in Boston late in his career, Keflezighi stated: “I definitely believe staying healthy is the key. If you can stay consistent and healthy, you will perform, and that’s where ElliptiGO comes into play. There’s no impact on the body but you get a great workout. My whole goal was to get to Boston healthy and I did just that. That was already a win for me, but to win the race and run a PR is just beyond words. I was so thrilled and honored to win the Boston Marathon on Patriot’s Day.”
“Meb is the perfect example of what we’ve stated time and time again: Run a little less, ElliptiGO more, stay healthy, and you’ll perform on race day,” said Bryce Whiting, Chief Enthusiast at ElliptiGO. “We launched our PR:Initiative this month to prove how serious we are about helping runners get faster by offering a money-back guarantee on an ElliptiGO if they don’t PR. If anyone had any lingering doubts about whether ElliptiGO-integrated training works, Meb’s performance should blow all of them away.”
“We were beyond excited to watch Meb’s thrilling finish at the Boston Marathon today,” stated Bryan Pate, Co-Founder of ElliptiGO. “In January, we saw him come back from injury to capture a victory and National title at the age of 38, so we knew his training had prepared him to deliver another impressive performance in Boston, and it was incredible to witness him fulfill his dream today. I’ve gotten to know Meb personally over the last year and words cannot express the quality of his character. We are so proud to support him in his journey and play a key role in getting him to the start line healthy and ready to race.”
Learn more about ElliptiGO training programs and apply at ElliptiGO Project RunClub.
To join The ElliptiGO Project, elite athletes are required to have an inspiring running-related goal that they want to accomplish in the next two years and the desire to authentically integrate new training tools and techniques into their training in order to help them achieve their goal. All Project members must also be willing to share their training and results with other members of the Project. Each athlete uses new tools like the ElliptiGO in a slightly different way, so a major benefit to the team members is being able to communicate with each other and learn new ways to incorporate these devices into their own workout regimens.
The Project is currently recruiting elite athletes with ambitious goals who are interested in exploring innovative new ways of getting faster and staying healthy.
About The ElliptiGO Project
The ElliptiGO Project exists to make runners faster through innovation. It is currently growing membership, adding new innovative running tools, and affiliating with other organizations that share the same goal of improving athletes’ performance through innovation. The Project tests new training techniques through competition, both on the track and on the road, and reports its findings with candor.