American Meb Keflezighi won the Boston Marathon today in a blazing time of 2:08:37, becoming the first American man to win the race in more than 30 years. That’s a 4:54 mile pace for 26.2 miles, in case you were wondering.
Meb turns 39 in May and still managed to set a career PR with his effort at Boston. Oh, and did we mention he did it wearing Skechers shoes?
I won’t lie, when I think “Skechers” a 12-year-old with a runny nose and the ridiculous Britney Spears Skechers 4 Wheelers are the first things to come to mind. With this victory, though, Meb is clearly bringing Skechers’ commitment to running shoes to light. Meb’s been training and racing in Skechers since 2011.
For Boston, Meb debuted the newest iteration of his namesake, the Skechers GOmeb Speed 3. The shoe will be available fall 2014 and has an updated, more breathable and light upper design.
The shoes are comparable to much of the other minimalist footwear out there — lightweight and flexible with a low drop. They have light uppers and lack a traditional sole (they have rubber “pods” and a foam base).
Nothing radical about the design, but suffice it to say we’re more interested now than we were 12 hours ago.
Congrats to Meb and all the finishers of the race! Quite a run today in Boston. —Patrick Murphy
See page 2 for the top men’s and women’s finishers.