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Tribute to Waitz Begins at NYRR Mini 10K

Season-Long Tribute to the Late Grete Waitz Begins at the 40th Running of the NYRR New York Mini 10K

 

 Iconic women-only road race on Saturday, June 11, will be dedicated to Waitz 

 

Plans include the naming of the Grete Waitz 1500 Meters at the adidas Grand Prix Diamond League track meet, also on June 11   

 

New York, May 24, 2011‰ÛÓA season-long tribute to the late Grete
Waitz will begin with the dedication of the 40th running of the NYRR New
York Mini 10K to the great Norwegian athlete, it was announced today by
New York Road Runners president and CEO Mary
Wittenberg.

 

Waitz, who shares the record of five wins with Tegla Loroupe at the
world‰Ûªs original women‰Ûªs only road race, also won a record nine New York
City Marathon titles and was the silver medalist at the inaugural
Olympic women‰Ûªs marathon in 1984. She passed away
last month at the age of 57 after a long battle with cancer.

 

Future tributes and events in memory of Waitz are planned through the
rest of the year at other NYRR events, including the ING New York City
Marathon on Sunday, November 6.

 

‰ÛÏGrete was one of the true pioneers for women in our sport, and she had
so much impact in so many ways, it‰Ûªs only appropriate that our tributes
start at the world‰Ûªs original women-only road race, the Mini,‰Û said
Wittenberg. 

 

‰ÛÏThe Mini was always an important race for Grete. It was the first
women-only road race she ran,‰Û said Grete‰Ûªs husband, Jack Waitz. ‰ÛÏI am
still impressed about the times Grete ran in Central Park. The Mini gave
Grete the inspiration to start The Grete Waitz
Run in Oslo in 1984, a race that 10 years later had 47,000 women
running.‰Û

 

Special events to be introduced on race day and the weekend:

 

·        
Waitz‰Ûªs
image will be featured on the runner T-shirt, and the back of the
finishing medal will be engraved with the words ‰ÛÏRemembering  Grete‰Û

·        
New York Road Runners women staff members will be invited to run and will wear special commemorative T-shirts

·        
A
photo exposition of Waitz‰Ûªs career will be presented at the finishing
area in Central Park, and the mile markers on the 6.2-mile course will
be designed in her honor

·        
A select group of Friends of Grete, led by her husband Jack Waitz, will run the race in her memory

·        
The
women‰Ûªs 1500 meters at the adidas Grand Prix Diamond League track
meet‰ÛÓalso on Saturday, June 11 at Icahn Stadium‰ÛÓwill be renamed the
Grete Waitz 1500 Meters to honor Grete‰Ûªs
longtime association with adidas and the running success she found in
New York City

·        
An
industry-wide tribute to Waitz, which will bring together athletes from
the track and roads, industry leaders, journalists, NYRR officials, and
staff, will be held the weekend
of the NYRR New York Mini 10K   

Founded by NYRR in 1972, the Mini got its name when race founder Fred
Lebow convinced the first sponsor to support a six-mile ‰ÛÏmini
marathon‰Û‰ÛÓnamed for the miniskirt, which was then in fashion‰ÛÓrather than
a full marathon. The Mini has been a fixture on the
NYRR calendar ever since. The first race had 78 participants; there
have been nearly 200,000 entrants to date.

 

New York Road Runners

Headquartered in New York City, New York Road Runners is dedicated to
advancing the sport of running, enhancing health and fitness for all,
and meeting our community‰Ûªs needs. Our goal is to use the expertise
acquired in our 53-year history to empower all people
to live fitter, healthier lives through participation in our races,
community events, instruction and training resources, and youth
programs.  Our races and other events draw more than 300,000 people each
year. The ING New York City Marathon, NYRR‰Ûªs premier
event, is the largest and most inclusive marathon in the world,
attracting the world‰Ûªs top professional runners every year and raising
$30.8 million for charity in 2010. NYRR‰Ûªs running-based youth programs,
which currently serve more than 100,000 children
in hundreds of schools and community centers, promote children‰Ûªs health
and fitness, character development, and personal achievement in
underserved communities. For more information, visit
www.nyrr.org.

 

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