FALMOUTH, Mass. -- Boston Marathon champion Meb Keflezighi is returning to the area to run in the Falmouth Road Race.
In April, Keflezighi became the first American man to win the Boston Marathon since 1983. His victory came a year after two bombs exploded at the finish line, killing three people and wounding more than 260 others.
The 2004 Olympic silver medalist has finished second in the Falmouth race two times and fifth once. Each time, he was the top American. Keflezighi says that to return as the Boston champion will make the race even more special.
“I am so happy to be coming back to Falmouth,” said Keflezighi, who will be running the race for the first time since 2009. “The Falmouth Road Race is run on one of the most beautiful courses I’ve ever seen, and the people there have embraced me as if I’ve lived on-Cape all of my life."
The 42nd running of the 7-mile Falmouth Road Race is Aug. 17.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.