Last night I had the distinct pleasure of hosting Meb Keflezighi at Yale! Meb has become an American distance running hero over the past decade, winning a silver medal in the 2004 Olympics, the 2009 NYC Marathon, and the 2014 Boston Marathon. Oh – and he's the nicest guy you'll meet.
He was joined by his sponsor, Woodbridge, CT-based company Generation UCAN. They are really a terrific group that is doing a lot in the community, and worth checking out. UCAN is dedicated to finding the best way to fuel athletes, and provide consistent energy to workouts. They started by trying to find a solution for a child named Jonah, who had a rare metabolic disorder, by creating a complex carbohydrate that would provide a steady release of glucose, keeping blood-sugar levels (energy) steady for several hours. They remind me a little of Brian's Hope! In any case, they have sent me a care package and I will be trying them out this month and reporting back.
The event drew over 300 people into a packed Yale auditorium, and Meb stayed until 9:30 p.m. signing autographs and taking photos with every last person. He is easily one of the best role models in the sport. It is my hope that we can draw in Meb and others to our Greater New Haven community more often with events like these!