Merry Christmas – A Time To Run & Reflect

Did you run yet? What did you get for Christmas? What did you give? Why do you run? Who will you remember? As we mentioned yesterday, Christmas is a time to run and perhaps more importantly, a time to reflect. Continue reading “Merry Christmas – A Time To Run & Reflect”

NYRR Mini 10K Honors the Late Grete Waitz

How it all began…

The Mini 10K was founded during an epic period in the tumultuous journey of women’s athletics.  Just three weeks following the first edition of the race, President Nixon signed into law the infamous Title IX—a game-changing law that required equal federal funding for women’s sports.  The following September the world witnessed the first ever women’s 1500 meter race to be contested at the Olympics Games in Munich.  The 10K Mini, originally named the Crazylegs Mini Marathon by former NYRR President Fred Lebow, was a integral part of the women in sports movement and will proudly celebrate it’s role in the 40th edition this Saturday.

Fun Fact:  Accordingly to the New York Road Runners website, Former NYRR President Lebows’ motivation for the name ‘Crazylegs’ was inspired by the ever popular mini-skirt during the early 70s. Continue reading “NYRR Mini 10K Honors the Late Grete Waitz”

Grete Waitz, 9-time winner of The NYC Marathon and Former World Record Holder, dies at 57

Grete Waitz, 9-time winner of the NYC Marathon, Olympic Silver Medalist, and former world record holder, has died of cancer at the age of 57. Grete was certainly a trend setter. She was invited to The NYC Marathon in 1978 to set the pace for the elite women. Not only did she decide to finish the race, but she won it. More importantly, Grete brought women’s distance running to the forefront. In 1998 she was quoted saying, “I had to set a world record to get noticed”. It was this attitude that changed women’s distance running forever and we have Grete to thank. Continue reading “Grete Waitz, 9-time winner of The NYC Marathon and Former World Record Holder, dies at 57”