Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Marathon legend Grete Waitz passes away

Grete Waitz/Courtesy: 123nonstop.com
She died after a 6-year battle with cancer.

If you aren't familiar with her, she was from Norway and arguably is the greatest women's marathon runner of all time.

She won 9. Yes, she won 9 New York Marathons beginning in 1978. She won the 1983 World Championship. She won a silver in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Basically, she won almost every marathon you could think of.

More, including a statement on her impact in Track and Field, by iaaf.org RIGHT HERE

Waitz last ran a marathon in 1992, running in the New York Marathon with Fred Lebow, the co-founder of that race.

Here's some video of her and other NY Marathon greats (thanks NYRR):

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