National Distance Running HOF Race dedicated to late Grete Waitz

By ANDREW DONOVAN

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - The 2011 National Distance Running Hall of Fame Race will be dedicated to late hall of famer Grete Waitz, the Hall announced Monday.

Grete Waitz was inducted into the National Distance Running Hall of Fame in July 2000. She succumbed to cancer after a six-year battle with the disease.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of Grete. She had historic impact on the sport of distance running with her nine victories in the New York City Marathon, two in London and one in Stockholm," said Tim Reed, the executive director of the National Distance Running Hall of Fame and the Boilermaker.

The Hall of Fame Race will take place on Sunday, May 22 at 8:00 a.m. The race consists of a Half Marathon, two-person relay and a 5K run. All proceeds go to the Hall's induction ceremony in July.

The race was founded in 1999 and has seen over 4,500 finishers in its 12 years.

What's On