Two years ago, a mysterious injury nearly ended Meb Keflezighi’s running career. This only made his win last fall in the New York City Marathon more miraculous. With Boston looming, here’s the first detailed account of how Meb and his team engineered his unlikely comeback.
A sibling rivalry. A pair of headstrong trainers. A race with a mountain in the middle. On the fields of fitness, Tom and Todd Balf are out to settle an age-old score. And they’ve got 12 weeks to get ready.
For decades, runners from around the world have been irresistibly drawn to the Manitou Incline, to test themselves on the infamous Colorado trail that goes scarily, relentlessly—and, any day now, legally—up, up, and up.
Jonathan Vaughters wanted to create a team that was the antidote to pro cycling’s dark and secret drug culture—a squad of fast, tough, funny, quirky stars and prodigies who would volunteer to let the public see everything from their dope tests to their toothbrushing. He also wanted to win some bike races.