USATF News & Notes: 1/13/2005

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    Fred Lebow biography now available

    A biography on New York City Marathon founder Fred Lebow is now on sale to the general public. ANYTHING for a T-Shirt: Fred Lebow and the New York City Marathon, the World’s Greatest Footrace.

    The book, published by Syracuse University Press, tells the story of the humbly born Holocaust survivor, who ran the New York City Marathon for the first time in 1992 as a cancer patient committed to showing the world how running was helping him win his battle against the dread disease. Almost three years after he had been told he had only three-to-six months to live because of a tennis-ball-sized tumor in his brain, he ran the marathon wearing bib number 60 to reflect his age. He was accompanied by running-great Grete Waitz, wearing number 39. Lebow ran the race to fulfill a deathbed promise he had made to himself and to bring hope to others. The release of the book coincides with the tenth anniversary of Lebow’s death.

    The book was written by Ron Rubin, a professor of political science at the Borough of Manhattan Community College/City University of New York. For more on the book, ($19.95) including information on how to order, visit:

    Stork Report

    U.S. 3000m and 5000m record holder, Bob Kennedy, became a father of twins on Tuesday. His wife, Melina, gave birth to son, Marcus, and daughter, Sophia, in Indianapolis where the Kennedys make their home.

    “Brother, sister and mom are doing well,” said Kennedy in a text message. Kennedy, 34, a two-time Olympian, made his marathon debut last November at the ING New York City Marathon, but was unable to finish. During 2004 he was the U.S. long course cross country champion and set a 10,000m personal best of 27:37.45.

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