Grete Waitz

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Birthday
1, 1953
Birthplace
Norway
Death Date
Apr 19, 2011 (57)
Birth Sign
Libra
Birthday
1, 1953
Birthplace
Norway
Death Date
Apr 19, 2011 (57)

About

Norwegian legend of marathon running who, in 1979, became the first woman to run a marathon in less than two and a half hours. She earned a gold medal at the 1983 IAAF World Championships in Athletics and won 9 New York City Marathons, the most of any runner ever.

Before Fame

She won Norwegian national titles in the 400 and 800 meters as a teenager. She set the European junior record in the 1,500 meters at age 17.

Trivia

She was honored with her own set of stamps in her home country. There are statues of her in the Norway pavilion in EPCOT at the Walt Disney World Resort as well as Bislett Stadium in Oslo.

Family Life

She was survived by her husband Jack. She had brothers named Jan and Arild.

Associated With

She and England's Paula Radcliffe are both winners of the New York City Marathon.