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Run for Your Life (2008)

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Without one eccentric first-generation Jewish immigrant from Transylvania, the New York City Marathon simply wouldn't exist. Ehrlich's fun, loving, and inspirational tribute to the late ... See full summary »

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Without one eccentric first-generation Jewish immigrant from Transylvania, the New York City Marathon simply wouldn't exist. Ehrlich's fun, loving, and inspirational tribute to the late Fred Lebow shows how one man's imagination, determination, and love for running created one of the world's most popular sporting events. Written by Tribeca Film Festival

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40,000 runners. 2 million spectators. 26.2 miles. NYC marathon. See more »


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interesting history and personality
6 January 2016 | by See all my reviews

In 1969, Fred Lebow was a slow runner in the small outsider community of road runners in Brooklyn. However, they're forced by traffic and locals to move out to Manhattan central park. As New York Road Runners Club president, he organizes the first New York City Marathon running several circuits around Park Drive. To celebrate the 1976 bicentennial, the race route is changed to traverse all five boroughs of the city.

It's one of those things that I never really think about. I figured the New York City Marathon would be much older than this. It is fascinating to learn about the origins and see the history. This isn't earth-shattering but it is an interesting slice of time and a place. It is too bad that Fred lebow isn't around his story himself.


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