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All-American Runner

Friday, November 06, 2009

Mebrahtom Keflezighi was the first American in 27 years to win the New York City Marathon. Cameron Stracher, the publisher of the New York Law School Law Review and author of a forthcoming book about the American running boom in the 1970's and 1980's, discusses why he thinks American running was on the decline and what Keflezighi's win means for the future of the sport in the United States - and what an All-American runner means anyway.

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Cameron Stracher
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Comments [10]

eric from brooklyn

Clearly, young settler, evolution leans on the side of misinformation and facile tropes for misanthropes. (Whew - thought you were serious there for a moment.)

Nov. 06 2009 01:16 PM
eric from brooklyn

To grow up in San Diego from 12 years old, attend high school there, go on to UCLA, and still find Americana elusive. shocking but not surprising. Compare Peter Jennings, more American - arriving at 26 yrs old and being firmly embedded as Americana as a Canadian citizen. (He did later become a dual citizen-2003).

Nov. 06 2009 11:57 AM
Rick from Boston

Great interview. Looking forward to reading Mr. Stracher's book.

Nov. 06 2009 11:45 AM
Rick from Boston

Great interview. Looking foward to reading Mr. Stracher's book.

Nov. 06 2009 11:43 AM
Daniel Fiege from Beacon, NY

Who is this guy? Don't pass over the idea, and fact, that evolution leans on the side of Africans and Americans of African decent. Living in Colorado, for us young settlers, is not the same as living in African Mountains like Kilimanjaro and Kenya.

Nov. 06 2009 11:40 AM
john from office

He is a good example of an immigrant, possibly muslim that loves America, I saw him embrace the Flag.

I was not born here and am 100 % American, form Marine.

Nov. 06 2009 11:40 AM
john from office

He is a good example of an immigrant, possibly muslim that loves America, I saw him embrace the Flag.

I was not born here and am 100 % American, form Marine.

Nov. 06 2009 11:40 AM
the truth from bkny

Suki is spot on. Enough said.

Nov. 06 2009 11:36 AM
Erik from NYC

One reason the race may not be covered as a sporting event is that there are so many people competing, many of whom are not competitive runners. Stop allowing people to finish the race in 6+ hours or more and the event will get more respect from the athletic community.

Nov. 06 2009 11:33 AM
Suki from Williamsburg

This is no surprise; they did the same thing with Kristy Yamaguchi.

To white Americans, to be American means to be white.

Nov. 06 2009 11:31 AM

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