Media Advisory: Meb Keflezighi to Award San Diego Unified Students with $1,000 Scholarships

Posted: Saturday, March 9th 2019


WHAT:  Meb Keflezighi, widely acclaimed as one of the greatest runners of our time, will present each of two San Diego Unified student athletes with a $1,000 scholarship as part of the 4th Annual Meb Keflezighi Invitational Track Meet. The invitational is open to the public, and will host some of the county’s best track and field athletes. San Diego Unified Superintendent Cindy Marten will be on hand to support the accomplished youth athletes. Entrance fees are a fundraiser for the San Diego High School track and field team. Cost: adults $7; children over 5 years old $5; children under 5 free.

WHEN:  Saturday, March 9 at 8:00 a.m. Track events start at 9:00 a.m.

WHERE:  Balboa Stadium, 1418-1570 Russ Boulevard, San Diego 92101

BACKGROUND:  The Meb Keflezighi Invitational took life when Robert Dean, SDHS Track and Field Coach, envisioned bringing back the Balboa Relays—a showcase of county-wide track and field athletes—which were held in the historic Balboa Stadium until 1998. Dean partnered with Meb Keflezighi to make his dream a reality.

Meb Keflezighi is a role model and source of inspiration for athletes of all ages to achieve their own personal best. He is the only athlete in history to win the New York Marathon, the Boston Marathon, and an Olympic Medal. Meb is unwaveringly committed to promoting youth health, education, and fitness through his foundation, the MEB (Maintaining Excellent Balance) Foundation. The foundation’s mission is to:

Empower Youth to Maintain Excellent Balance, Engage Children in Academics in and out of School, and Engage in Positive Life skills through Sports.

This is the fourth year Keflezighi is hosting the invitational track meet.

EVENT CONTACTS:  Scott Giusti, 619-206-7619; Franny Del Carmen, 619-807-2436

MEDIA CONTACT:  Maureen Magee, 619-381-7930

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