Grete Waitz Reflections.

B.A.A.News
Today Is: May 22nd 2015
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25 APR 2011
The loss of an icon

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

 

B.A.A. Moment 2

1935 John A. Kelley

Born in West Medford, Massachusetts as one of ten children, Kelley ran track and cross-country at Arlington High School in Massachusetts. He did not finish his first Boston Marathon in 1928, but eventually competed in a record 61 Boston Marathons. A legend of the marathon, Kelley won the 1935 and 1945 runnings of the Boston Marathon. He finished in second place at Boston a record seven times. Between 1934 to 1950, he finished in the top five 15 times at Boston, consistently running in the 2:30s. He ran his last full marathon at Boston in 1992 at the age of 84, his 61st start and 58th finish there.