Run to Overcome

It’s an American Tale.

One of my favorite movies growing up was "An American Tail." I called it "Fievel" and didn't know its true title until adulthood.

"An American Tail" is about the Mousekewitz family–they are mice–that immigrate to the U.S. from Russia in the 1800s–painting a picture of the fabric America is built on.

Meb Keflezighi's story, similar in many ways to the Mousekewitzes, detailed in his book, "Run to Overcome," is an autobiographical tale of his Eritrean family's immigration to the U.S. and his emergence into the running scene.

The Keflezighi family left Eritrea amidst internal violence and made their way to San Diego in 1987–starting a whole new life as so many have done in the past.

It wasn't easy, starting a whole life in a new country never is, but the Keflezighi family's spirit and faith in God carried them through difficult times.

Meb Keflezighi and his 10 siblings worked hard and did well in school and received scholarships to California schools. During this time, in high school and college, Keflezighi blossomed as a runner.

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.

“Winning in life doesn’t happen when you overcome just one thing–do or die. It’s persevering, knowing that difficulties are bumps in the road, not the end of the world. It’s continuing to do the right things, knowing your time will come. After all, you have to conduct yourself like a champion before you can ever win a championship.”

For more information about “Run to Overcome,” please see
Also, there is a contest on the above website and one signed book will be given away per day from Nov. 1, 2010 – Mar. 31, 2011.
There will be monthly grand prize winners that will receive a signed copy of the book, other free Tyndale titles, as well as Sony and PowerBar products.

I received this book courtesy of Tyndale House Publishers. My thoughts and opinions are my own.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Sam Chen says:

    Two thoughts:
    1) FIEVEL!! : )
    2) “I believe God made me for a purpose. He also made me fast. And when I run, I feel His pleasure.” – Eric Henry Liddell, 1924 Olympic Gold Medalist

    That quote was in my track locker during high school. : )

    One thought:
    You’re running a great race. Keep it up!

    1. Sam Chen says:

      …I should add: Eric Henry Liddell was a MK who later became a missionary to China, where he died in a Japanese concentration camp in 1945.

      1. thaitessa says:

        Yes, I’ve read his book and love the quote from him. He was a great guy!

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