Run for Your Life (I) (2008)

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Run for Your Life (2008) Poster

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 »




  • Fred Lebow in Run for Your Life (2008)
  • "Fred Lebow in 1980"
  • Run for Your Life (2008)
  • Poster Design by Brendan Bathrick
  • "Fred Lebow running through the finish line at the 1981 New York City Marathon"
  • "Fred Lebow in the lead car at the start of the 1986 Marathon"

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6 January 2016 | SnoopyStyle
| interesting history and personality
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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Written by Nathaniel Johnson and
George Harley Semper
Performed by The Funkateers
Courtesy of Luv 'N Haight/Ubiquity Records


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Documentary | Biography | History | Sport

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Opening Weekend USA:

$2,537 2 November 2008

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