As you know, last year another one of my dreams came true when I won the Boston Marathon. I had been close to victory a couple of times, but I finally won the Boston Marathon, and it just happened to be the most prestigious and possibly the most significant marathon in the world.
I always try to Run To Win, which means to get the best out of myself in all that I do. In a race, there can only be one first place finisher, but it doesn’t mean that only one person Runs To Win. Run To Win, is more about the effort than the results.
Now that I have won the biggest and most prestigious marathons in the world, of course I want to do it again. I have been training hard and smart in order to give myself the best chance for a strong performance at this years TCS NYC Marathon. The results may change, but my efforts will always remain the same…I Run To Win.
My career as a professional runner has already lasted 16 years (since 1998) and I plan on running at this level until 2016. I hope everyone knows that I will continue to work to get the most out of every drop of my God-given talent.
I have gained a lot of great benefits, friendships and support throughout the years. And now, I feel I have the platform to give back to the communities I have benefited from and am in a position to assist. During this year's TCS New York City Marathon, I have decided to lend my name and support to three special organizations: I am serving as an ambassador for the NYRR's Team 4 Kids program, co-captain of the USOC's Team USA Endurance, and runner for the MEB Foundation.
In 2010, I announced my intention to start the MEB Foundation, to support health, education and fitness initiatives around the world, but with a specific focus on the USA and my native country of Eritrea. As you will see in my book, Run To Overcome, health, education and fitness have been the cornerstones of my success in and outside of running.
I would like your support in helping the MEB Foundation continue on the right track. Any level of support is appreciated. On Nov 2, 2014, all participants of the TCS New York City Marathon will be running for special reasons. We will all be running to win- a win for personal fitness, a win for a personal best, a win for special person, a win for a special cause… RUN TO WIN!