Yasir Salem is Marketing Director for Men's Health and the Hearst Men's Group. He is also an accomplished competitor – he has participated in the famous Nathans Hot Dog Eating Competition six times before retiring in 2018.
Salem is also a raging ultra-athlete who has won the Tour de Donut cycle race for several years in a row. (This is a 36-mile road race with a donut-eater contest) – and in 2017 he participated in a 12-marathon, a 12-month challenge. The man is ambitious.
His wife Gweneviere Mann supported him in his craziest competitions. Last summer, Gweneviere was diagnosed with a rare form of lung cancer and died. The pair had jointly completed the first New York Marathon in 201
After Gwen dies, 41-year-old Salem takes on a new mission: Running Do a marathon within 50 weeks in all 50 states.
"I lost my wife to lung cancer three months ago," Salem said before the Philadelphia Marathon last November Runner's World . "She survived a brain tumor ten years ago and became a marathon runner. We have been racing the New York City Marathon every year since 2010. I want to honor her memory in this way.
Man was removed in 2008 for a brain tumor. Although she suffered from short-term memory loss, she graduated from NYU, attended Julliard and was admitted to Columbia University. Musician and writer Mann also started running and participated in numerous events with Salem in the New York City area.