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ATLANTA -- Running in the very last corral at the AJC Peachtree Road Race has its advantages.

Meb Keflezighi, on the other hand, is not a back-of-the-pack runner.

This April, on the anniversary of the Boston Marathon bombings, he became the first American to win that race in more than 30 years.

"Everybody was ecstatic," he said. "I was very emotional…I did it for all of us."

Atlanta Track Cub director Rich Kenah was there.

"It was one of the most special moments I've had in sport," Kenah said.

He invited Meb to run the Peachtree…but only if he started last.

"This is the first time I started last and see how many people I would pass," Meb said. "It's going to be interesting, it's going to be an adventure."

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It's all for a fundraiser called "Kilometer Kids." The nonprofit encourages kids to be healthy and fit, through running.

Meb would pass as many runners as possible and raise $75,000.

"You feel like you're running really fast because you pass a lot of people," he said.

Meb politely and smoothly maneuvered his way through the world's largest 10K road race to cheers and photos titled: "Meb passed me!"

Watch yourself cross the finish line here.

In all, Meb passed over 22,000 runners.

"Sometimes, it's not about winning but about doing your best for a greater cause," he said. "I saw the different aspect of running today."

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