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…

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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.

    Michelle

    April 19, 2011 at 9:08 am

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

    jen

    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.

    Ted

    April 22, 2011 at 5:10 pm


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