Fred Lebow, the world's greatest marathon man

Fred Lebow, the world's greatest marathon man

Post by Barin » Tue, 11 Oct 1994 08:28:09


It will be in Monday's newspapers everywhere, but New York City Marathon
director Fred Lebow died this morning of brain cancer at 62.

As it is for so many triathletes, my real roots lie in running and
marathons. I had the amazing good fortune over the years to get to know
Fred "up close". I saw him at various international marathons, and was
able to acccompany him in May 1993 back to his hometown of Arad, Romania,
which he left as a young  boy during the war.

Fred was a global inspiration to so many! It's just so sad that he didn't
live long enough to see the 25th New York City Marathon (November 6).
He'll be missed ...

Katy Williams (Baringo)

 
 
 

Fred Lebow, the world's greatest marathon man

Post by Barin » Wed, 12 Oct 1994 04:27:02


Quote:
(Paul Nevai) writes:
>>>>> Just out of curiosity: was Fred Lebow Hungarian or Romanian? <<<<<

I believe his family was Hungarian; the borders were different then. I
recall Fred saying they spoke Yiddish at home, Hungarian at school and
Russian to the soldiers on the street. Accounts of his life talk of his
coming from "Transylvania," which is now the far northwestern corner of
Romania, about an hour on the train below Hungary.

There's a beautiful appreciation by*** Patrick in today's USA Today. It
ends:
   "Since his diagnosis with brain cancer in 1990, Lebow emphasized
personal relationships. In a hospital for tests four years ago, he asked
Eamonn Coghlan about the miler's four children.
   "You have so much to live for," Lebow said. "I envy you. I have no
kids."
   "Fred," Coghlan replied, "you have all the runners."

I know this "Fred thread" isn't exactly tri talk, but Fred inspired many
thousands of runners globally in the '70s and '80s, many of whom moved on
to triathlons in the '80s and '90s ...

Katy Williams

 
 
 

Fred Lebow, the world's greatest marathon man

Post by Paul Nev » Wed, 12 Oct 1994 02:32:49

:I saw him at various international marathons, and was :able to acccompany
him in May 1993 back to his hometown of Arad, Romania, :which he left as a
young boy during the war.

Just out of curiosity: was Fred Lebow Hungarian or Romanian (yes, I can guess
he was Jewish)? Take care...Paul

P.S. Arad is actually the Hungarian spelling of Oradea (or something like
that).

 
 
 

Fred Lebow, the world's greatest marathon man

Post by Horia Neamt » Wed, 12 Oct 1994 20:55:15

Quote:

>:I saw him at various international marathons, and was :able to acccompany
>him in May 1993 back to his hometown of Arad, Romania, :which he left as a
>young boy during the war.

>Just out of curiosity: was Fred Lebow Hungarian or Romanian (yes, I can guess
>he was Jewish)? Take care...Paul

>P.S. Arad is actually the Hungarian spelling of Oradea (or something like
>that).

        FYI:

        Fred Lebow was born in Romania. "Arad" is a city in the western Romania, also
known as Transilvania. (Don't ask me about Dracula, please...) "Oradea" is another
city in Transilvania.

Horia Neamtu