November 1, 2009
American wins NYC Marathon
Do you believe in miracles?
Meb Keflezighi, a fellow Bruin born in war-torn Eritrea, today became the first American to win the New York City Marathon in 27 years:
More about the marathon here.
Eritrea, which borders Ethiopia in the Horn of Africa, isn’t a country many Americans know a lot about.
Here in Los Angeles, we have a fairly large Eritrean population, and I always enjoy talking with the chip runners and floormen at Hollywood Park, many of whom hail from the multi-ethnic country with three officials languages (Arabic, English and Tigrinya), about life there. The country is predominantly split between Muslims and Christians.