Death of Grete Waitz

October 1, 1953 - April 19, 2011
Oslo | Age 57

9-time NYC Marathon winner dies at 57
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NILS MYKLEBOST, The Associated Press

OSLO, Norway (AP) — Grete Waitz had never run a marathon before the New York City race in October 1978. After it, her name and New York would be forever linked.

The lean Norwegian middle-distance runner, who had set two world-records in the 3,000 meters, was invited to the race as a "rabbit," someone brought in to set a fast early pace for the favorite runners.

Two-thirds through that first marathon, she suffered so hard that she...

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