"Like the marathon, life can sometimes be difficult, challenging and present obstacles, however if you believe in your
dreams and never ever give up, things will turn out for the best.” - Meb

"I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me!" - Phil 4:13

Meb’s Family

The Keflezighi family is very proud of Meb’s achievements. Meb is just as proud of his family. His parents Russom and Awetash sacrificed many personal goals to provide their children with better opportunities than they had. Fortunately the Keflezighi children have taken advantage of these great opportunities.

Meb is married to Yordanos Asgedom. They have two daughters, Sara who is 3 years old and Fiyori who is a year old. Meb and Yordanos are expecting their third daughter in January.

Meb’s eldest sister Ruth is happily married to Frank Donahue and they have four children (Casey, Ashley, Jacob and Isabella).

Fitsum is happily married to Eden Yacob and they live in San Jose California, the couple have twin daughters Heyab and Sinit. Fitsum graduated from UC San Diego with BS in Electrical Engineering, and he is a Principal Product Engineer at National Semiconductor.

After getting his undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara Aklilu earned his MBA from Monterey Institute of International Studies. He is an Assistant Store Manager at CVS. Aklilu lives in San Diego with his wife Mamet Haile.

Meb’s younger sister, Dr. Bahghi Keflezighi, received her MD from the UCLA School of Medicine and is practicing medicine in San Diego. Bahghi is married to Layne Tadesse.
Merhawi is a graduate of UCLA School of Law and also serves as Meb’s agent and manager. Merhawi’s management company, HAWI Management also represents Jon Rankin, Peter Gilmore and Yared Asmerom.
Bemnet completed his Bachelor’s degree at UC Santa Cruz in Business Management.
Adhanet recently graduated from Stanford University with a Bachelors in Economics.
Fnann is entering her junior year at UC San Diego and is studying ethnic studies as well as education.
Ziada recently began her college career as a freshman at UC Berkeley.
Last, but definitely not least is Admekom, the youngest child in the family. Admekom is a sophomore at Mira Mesa High School.
Many family and friends have helped the Keflezighi’s achieve their goals. These supporters are too many to list and they know who they are.  Just like Russom and Awetash are proud of the achievements of their children, the communities, both the Eritrean and American communities should share in the accomplishments of this American Dream.
As the African proverb says, it takes a village to raise a child, and similarly it takes a community to raise a family. The Keflezighi family is a product of the many communities it has been a part of, in Eritrea, Sudan, Italy and the United States.