Wednesday, November 3, 2010

The Greatest Is Coming

If you have the time this Sunday, November 7th 2010, please tune in to watch the NYC marathon (click here for a broadcast schedule in your area).  This should be good as there are many elite and worthy racers out there running for the title.  Among them is Family O's favorite, Haile Gebrselassie, one of the world's best runners who happens to be from Ethiopia.  We will most certainly be watching and cheering him on from the comfort of our family room!  To give you an idea of where he is on the scale of importance to Boy O, his poster is right up there next to Spiderman.

Here is a recent clip from Runner's World if you are interested in learning more about him:

'I Have a Responsibility' to Ethiopia, Affirms Haile Gebrselassie

The marathon world recordholder (2:03:59), who'll do his first ING New York City Marathon on November 7, notes that after 27 world records and all the riches those have brought him, "I can lead a nice life anywhere around the world." But he considers it essential to provide an example to other athletes by remaining in Ethiopia and help lead the nation out of "hunger, drought, poverty …. We are on the right track, but we cannot eradicate poverty this morning," Gebrselassie stresses. In the Flotrack video at "More," he can be glimpsed at some of his vast construction projects, and you again get to see one of his excruciatingly close Olympic victories over Paul Tergat.


  1. That is so cool. I know how much you love this guy! He truly is the greatest.

  2. Well, we were pretty disappointed when Haile dropped out at mile 16, but Gebre Gebremariam (Ethiopia) went on to take the purse! It was also an exciting race for the women. Unfortunately, Derartu Tulu (Ethiopia) did not repeat last years win, but Shalane Flanagan (USA) did a great job in her first marathon and came in second. We were on the edge of our seats the whole time!