INDIANAPOLIS – Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi and USATF Outdoor champion and Diamond League winner Jenny Simpson have been named the 2014 USATF Jesse Owens and Jackie Joyner-Kersee Athletes of the Year, respectively.
Keflezighi (San Diego, California) and Simpson (Boulder, Colorado) will be honored on Thursday, December 4, at the Jesse Owens Awards and Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony in Anaheim, California. The event is held in conjunction with USATF’s Annual Meeting. Tickets for the event are available at the Hilton Anaheim beginning on Monday, December 1 until the ceremony is sold out.
Keflezighi inspired the nation in April, capturing victory at the 2014 Boston Marathon just a year after the tragedy on Boylston Street. Keflezighi defeated the fastest men’s field in Boston Marathon history to become the first American man in 31 years to win Boston and the oldest man to win Boston since 1931.