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Local runners are weighing in on two-time Quad-City Times Bix 7 winner, Meb Keflezighi, after his Boston Marathon win Monday. Quad Cities runners made sure to tune in during the historical moment.

"It was definitely very exciting," runner Neala Arnold said. "I was following it from the beginning from Twitter."

"Everybody had goose bumps," said Paul Schmidt, the Cornbelt Running Club president. "I'm certain. I know I did."

They say they're proud that the Bix 7 is also on his list of victories.

"It's pretty cool when you see Meb doing the training run after Bix on the Duck Creek bike path," Schmidt said.

"One of the attractions of Bix is that there are some world-class runners there," runner Russ Hart said. "We get to run with them for the first five seconds or so."

They say they've enjoyed running the same race as him, in their own backyard, even though they are not exactly side-by-side.

"He was just a little ahead of me," Hart said with a smile.

Schmidt says Keflezighi is a runner worth watching.

"He had a hip problem that was so bad, he couldn't even walk," he said. "He had to crawl. So, to come back, and win Boston, is phenomenal."

He says he admires Keflezighi's accomplishments, considering his age.

"He's not nearly as old as me, but he's going to be 39 next month, and to have somebody in their late thirties win a major marathon is a big deal," he said.

The local runners say they look forward to seeing him again at the 40th annual race this year.

"It would be pretty neat if we could have the Boston Marathon winner here for Bix," Hart said. "That would be cool."

"It's hard to imagine it without him anymore," Arnold said

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