NEW YORK (AP) - Girma Bekele Gebre’s stunning third-place finish at the New York City Marathon has changed the Ethiopian runner’s life. It’s a transformation made possible because of his ties to the West Side Runners’ Club. Team president Bill Staab has spent four decades helping immigrant runners chase the American dream. He has helped acquire hundreds of visas and says he’s invested nearly $1 million out of pocket to cover entry fees. Girma is his greatest success, but not nearly the only runner he’s helped.

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