Meb Keflezigh might’ve won the Boston Marathon, but the real winner was someone that no one has ever heard of before. Well, besides his circle of friends in Utah maybe. That would Seth Wold:
Utah native Seth Wold led the pack at the Boston Marathon on Monday. Well, at least for a short while.
The 30-year-old from Lehi managed to find his way to the front of the race with winner Meb Keflezighi. Wold ultimately finished with an offical time of 02:49:43, good enough for No. 927 out of more than 30,000 racers.
“It was pretty exciting to pace the first American to win the Boston marathon in more than 30 years,” Wold said with a laugh.
“I cruised to the lead and paced with the eventual winner, Meb. It was great to get in a solid workout with the best runners in the world. I slowed down to my long run pace after the 2.5 mile mark and loved seeing the top guys speed away. It was one of the most memorable experiences of my running life.”
What’s more amazing is that Wold injured himself playing soccer just nine days before the Boston Marathon.
“Well at this point I have 2 options in my mind. 1) Run the marathon at a slow and relaxed pace, so I don’t blow up my knee. 2) Get a great speed workout while running with my heros, then run a relaxed pace to the finish.”
“The Elite men came out and I chatted with Bryant Jensen. It was good to see him. Soon the gun went off and we flew down hill. I quickly made my way to the right side of the road and popped up in the front of the lead pack. I paced with Meb, Abdi, Ryan Hall and Desisa. Talk about a dream come true for the track nerd part of me. The whole front pack was silent. Meb would motion with his hand when he wanted to cut the tangent to the opposite side of the road. It was just like any other speed workout with my pals from Utah. 2.5 miles in my knee started to catch. I wanted to go further, as I was feeling good, but I didn’t want to risk injury, so I slowly faded off the back of the pack.”
Wold has run in many long-distance running events over the years. He competed at Lone Peak High School before running for the University of Utah. His personal best in a marathon is 2:22:51 at the 2009 Ogden Marathon, and he won the Pony Express 50-mile race in 2011 with a time of 7:17:44.
Seth makes his solid move to the front of the pack at about 45 seconds here:
First of all, 2:49 is a pretty damn good time. Considering this guy probably has a real, full time job, it’s actually insane that he could run this fast through Boston after going out so insanely fast like that.
So yea, this guy’s story was absolutely genius. I mean, sure he could’ve run a smarter race. He could’ve tried to run a diligent and consistent pace, and maybe, just maybe get under 2:40. But where would they get him? Top 500? Cool story bro. Nope, instead he made the front page of TurtleBoy Sports, and was on TV screens across the country. At least for a good 15 seconds or so. Hanging out with actual professional athletes while still being able to draw attention to himself….hmmmm….I wonder where he learned that one from?
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