With the passing of Grete Waitz last week, all of us associated with this sport have lost a little bit of the very spirit that sustains us. Grete was a champion among champions, but she was a kind and gentle human being above all else. As much as she was a fierce competitor on the road, she was a compassionate leader off the road.
To me, she was a large and most important part of the New York City Marathon, and one of a few very special people that I looked forward to visiting with each year. The marathon will never be quite the same, and I will miss Grete's warm smile and quiet energy.
Grete's love of competition and genuine concern for her fellow man, especially children, made her an extraordinary ambassador for all that is good in our sport. She will forever be an inspiration to all of us who knew her and had the privilege to call her a friend.
Guy L. Morse, III
B.A.A. Senior Director of External Affairs