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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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Judd Ehrlich
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Credited cast:
Fred Lebow ... Himself (archive footage)
Ed Koch ... Himself
Nina Kuscsik Nina Kuscsik ... Herself
Bill Rodgers Bill Rodgers ... Himself
Alberto Salazar Alberto Salazar ... Himself
Frank Shorter Frank Shorter ... Himself
Percy Sutton Percy Sutton ... Himself
Kathrine Switzer Kathrine Switzer ... Herself
Grete Waitz Grete Waitz ... Herself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Neil Amdur Neil Amdur ... Himself
Gloria Averbuch Gloria Averbuch ... Herself
Abraham Beame Abraham Beame ... Himself (archive footage)
Bob Bright Bob Bright ... Himself
Tom Brokaw ... Himself (archive footage)
Johnny Carson ... Himself (archive footage)
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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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No one believed it was possible ... until one man's dream ran its course. See more »


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Not Rated
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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

29 October 2008 (USA) See more »

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$2,537, 2 November 2008, Limited Release
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Flatbush Pictures See more »
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Color
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Features The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson (1962) See more »

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interesting history and personality
6 January 2016 | by SnoopyStyleSee 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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