Fred Lebow: The Man Who Made the Marathon

For those interested in the New York City Marathon — or just reading a great story — here’s a NYT blog post by George Hirsch, “The Man Who Made the Marathon.”

Here’s an excerpt:

If Fred Lebow, founder of the New York City Marathon, could see the 43,000 runners crowding together on the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge on Sunday morning, he would surely allow himself a slight smile. He would not be satisfied, however. He would want to see even more. Lebow was a dreamer and a schemer who combined a deep passion for running with a genius for promotion. Without him, marathoning in New York and around the world would never have reached its current mass appeal.


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