Grete Waitz To Be Honored In NYC Race

A special commemerative medal will be given to race participants.

Grete Waitz will be honored next month in New York City. Photo: Runner's Dilemma

A special commemerative medal will be given to race participants.

Next month, New York City will do its part to honor Norwegian marathoning icon Grete Waitz. At the June 11 Mini 10K in Central Park, a women’s only race, the New York Road Runners will issue a special medal with the words “Remembering Grete” inscribed on it.

Waitz won nine New York City Marathons in her professional career. She passed away last month after a long battle with cancer. She was 57 years old.

At next month’s race, Waitz’s husband, Jack, will lead a group of runners through the park. A turnout of 7000 runners is expected.

Waitz won the Mini 10K a record five times. She shares the record with Kenya’s Tegla Loroupe. The Mini 10K was started in 1972 and was New York City’s first women’s-only road race.

“The Mini gave Grete the inspiration to start The Grete Waitz Run in Oslo in 1984, a race that 10 years later had 47,000 women running,” said Jack Waitz.

On the same day, a women’s 1,500m race held as part of a Grand Prix Diamond League meet in New York will also be named after Waitz.

For More: The Associated Press