Olympic gold medalist Meb Keflezighi stopped in to Sacramento to deliver the keynote speech for this spring’s National University’s Northern California commencement that happened earlier this month. Coming from a tough upbringing in Sudan, Keflezighi overcame hundreds of obstacles to get to be where he is today and this message was highly ingrained in the message he delivered. The 41 year old is set to be the oldest American to ever participate in the Olympic games this summer and make history yet again, which made him the perfect speaker for the 400 students he got to at their graduation. Keflezighi’s main message was that it’s important to remember that life is not a spring, but a marathon, and the best way to attack it is to just get out there and do it.
Keflezighi is the only person in the world to win a gold medal in the Olympics, the Boston Marathon, and the New York Marathon in the history of the sport. Like many other people, he grew up in a home filled with poverty and strife. He channeled his difficult situation to overcome everything and use that drive to make history in the world of running. These days, the runner actually lives in the San Diego area so it wasn’t much of a commute at all to the convention center. He was very inspiring and the audience could really feel that connection with him, as he told each and over one of them that he believed in what they would accomplish in the next years to come.
Keflezighi spoke to this year’s graduates at National University’s Northern California commencement and he was truly an inspiration to them and everyone else in the audience.
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