4:30 or Bust: A Quest for Marathon Mediocrity

Grete Waitz passing

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So sad to hear of Grete Waitz passing due to cancer.  She was the one that sparked my interest in the NYC Marathon while she won 9 races in 11 years when I was a kid.  I also loved running in her namesake half marathon race, Gete’s Great Gallop in Central Park, which I ran in 1997, 2000 and 2004.  I wish I could run it this year, but it is the day before my first half ironman…

Another enduring memory, and an inspiration for me as I started running, was when she ran the NYC Marathon with Fred Lebow in 1992, while he was in remission from brain cancer.

She will be missed…


Written by SCL

April 19, 2011 at 8:56 am

Posted in Tribute

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  1. I was spectating in 1992 and saw Grete and Fred running on 1st Avenue. I will never forget that.

    RIP Grete.


    April 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

  2. i was so sad too! she always inspired me from afar!


    April 22, 2011 at 6:22 am

  3. I have vivid memory of watching her win the NYC Marathon when I was in high school. I was in awe. To me, I will never forget the moment.


    April 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm

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