Fred Lebow. Runner. Leader. New Yorker.
Fred was the founder of the New York City Marathon. Lebow ran in the inaugural marathon in 1970, finishing 45th out of 55 runners with a time of 4:12 and ran his last NYC Marathon on 1992 at age 60. During his career he completed 69 marathons in 30 countries. Along with the NYC Marathon he also organized the Empire State Building Run Up, the Fifth Avenue Mile, the Crazy Legs Mini Marathon, the first strictly women’s race, AND was the president of the New York Road Runners Club. Fred Lebow was a beloved New Yorker who tragically passed away from brain cancer in 1994. In Lebow’s honor, a sculpture of him was created by Jesus Ygnacio Dominguez, which the statue was moved to its permanent location on the East Side Central Park Drive at 90th St. Every year, however, the statue is moved to a spot in view of the finish line of the Marathon. The movie Run for Your Life tells his story and explores the history of the NYC Marathon, an awesome flick.