Run to Overcome

There are only four days until the ING New York City Marathon where reigning champion Meb Keflezighi will attempt to defend his title as the 2009 winner. This week, we’ve been hosting a blog tour for Meb’s new book, Run to Overcome, which released on November 1. The tour goes up through Nov. 7, marathon day.

Whether or not you’re a runner, all our bloggers have had positive reactions to Meb’s book. Here are some of their thoughts:

“Winner of the 2009 New York City Marathon and world-wide celebrated marathoner, Meb Keflezighi has much to brag about. But, instead of taking the credit, he points to God as the source of his strength in his personal and professional life. His story is a testimony to God’s faithfulness through difficult times and stacked odds.

Running is Keflezighi’s passion–a passion he excels at. As another famous runner once said, “When I run, I feel His pleasure.”

Run to Overcome reminded me that life is a race. There are hard parts, there are struggles, there are times when you fall flat on your face. But, we are running to win a prize. Just as Keflezighi learned how to pace himself in races to not wear himself out too early, we need to learn pacing in our life. Life is not a sprint. Keflezighi learned how to run in a manner worthy of a prize.

I want to run throughout life with that kind of pacing.” – Tessa Shockey at The Butterfly Effect

Video Review from Blaine Moore at Run to Win.

What makes this book excellent is the fact that Meb doesn’t shy away from his failures and uses each of them as fuel for his next achievement. He mentions a goal that has eluded him is a Boston Marathon victory. I, for one, hope he lines up with me again in 2011 to take it to the Newton Hills one more time before preparing for the 2012 Olympic Marathon Trials in Houston!” – Price Patrick at PWP Running.

“This book is a “must read” for anyone who is a runner. Meb provides tips on how he has been able to remain at the top of his sport for nearly 20 years and how he has come back from what most observers thought were career-ending injuries. I particularly recommend it for young runners and for high school running teams. Meb’s life lessons about hard work, the value of education, sportsmanship, overcoming difficulties, and faith are inspiring.” – Michael LaChapelle at How 2 Run Fast

“I had the priviledge to review Run to Overcome by Meb Keflezighi (with Dick Patrick) and to my surprise – IT WAS AWESOME!  I don’t mean that to sound the way it probably does…you see, I chose this book to review because my husband LOVES running (he used to run in school) so I thought I would “suffer thru” the book and then he could enjoy it.  Well, to my great surprise – I loved the book!  It is written in a very easy to understand manner (even if you don’t know “running lingo”) but it does provide a lot of details, so if you are familiar with “running lingo”, I’m sure you will greatly appreciate that!” – Dawn Winters at Guiding Light Homeschool

“This is such a moving tribute to show just how far we can overcome any adversity we may be faced with, as long as we have faith in God, and the belief of our parents and family. Nothing is impossible. Meb Keflezighi’s journey from his life in a humble and poverish beginning in Africa shows us through his novel how his parents instilled within their family that hard work and dedication will enable you to rise up and become better people because of it. We learn how important education and a willingness to do our best at all costs will cause others around you to sit up and take notice.” – Kathleen Smith, Reviews from the Heart

“Runners like me can geek out at stats like Meb running a 5:20 mile in 7th grade, his 120-mile training weeks and tempo runs at 9000’ followed by an ice bath in a mountain stream.  Non-runners can be inspired by a man who overcame incredible life circumstances including fleeing Eritrea at age 12, battling serious injuries, and hearing people say he was washed up in his thirties to shock them all by winning the 2009 New York City Marathon.His humble spirit, positive attitude, & faith in God through it all should inspire all of us to set goals, work hard, and be grateful for what we achieve.” – Dennis Rodenberg, reviewed on Julie Rodenberg’s blog

“I thoroughly enjoyed this book because I am a recreational marathoner and know the pains that come with these long runs and the training that goes into it. The author, Meb did well to avoid too much technical jargon about the runs and the preparation involved, though it could have been minimized further (for non-running folks). However I like this book because of the central theme of “family”. From out of Eritrea, to Italy, then America. The family Meb was brought up in is an inspiration indeed to kids today. They managed to attain the American dream with real determination and grit, lots of hard work and truly God’s grace. Their faith in God took them to where they are.

In Run to Overcome, Meb humbly reveals his rise to success in long-distance running and how he got ‘there.’  Beyond a God-given ability to run as an elite runner (not for most people), his book and his success drives us to succeed in whatever we have as God given abilities.” – Lawrence Goh, Lawrence & Daisy Goh – Christian Teachers

More reviews will be coming in this week as part of the tour, including reviews from Meb’s teammate and elite runner Josh Cox and popular runner and blogger, Danica at Chicrunner.

We are giving away a signed copy of Run to Overcome each day until March 31, 2011 (so you have plenty of chances to win). At the end of each month, we’re also giving away a brand new Sony MP3 player, Nike, Powerbar, and Generation UCAN products, as well as other Tyndale products. Enter to win here.

Be sure to tune in this Sunday, Nov. 7, to watch Meb’s race!

Christy Stroud

Christy Stroud

Christy is a publicist at Tyndale, working to get the best media coverage possible for our authors and products. She has worked on many campaigns including the New York Times bestseller "Winning Balance" by Olympic gymnast Shawn Johnson, Phil Vischer’s What’s in the Bible? DVD series, "The Devil in Pew Number Seven" by Rebecca Alonzo, "Night of the Living Dead Christian" by Matt Mikalatos, the "Courageous" novelization by Randy Alcorn, and "Cupidity" and "Unstuff" by Michael and Hayley DiMarco. Christy enjoys being a wife, mom, and pug owner. You can often find her reading, running, training for triathlons, doing youth ministry, and occasionally horseback riding. She also blogs at