Portraits of running legends Grete Waitz and Ted Corbitt will be unveiled tonight at 6:30 p.m. at The Armory, and will be showcased in The Armory's National Track and Field Hall of Fame.
Waitz's image was taken by Lisbeth Michelsen and published in 2010. The portrait of Corbitt was the work of Staten Island artist Sarah Yuster, whose work is in the collections of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery, the National Air and Space Museum, Harvard and Yale universities, and the Bangkok Royal Compound in Thailand.
"It is with great honor and humility that the Armory can recognize two true heroes of long-distance running,'' said Dr. Norb Sander, executive director of the Armory Foundation. "The extraordinary accomplishments and lives of these great runners can be displayed for generations to come."
Waitz (1953-2011) won the ING New York City Marathon a record nine times; Corbitt (1919-2007), an ultramarathon pioneer, has often been called the father of long-distance running and was the founding president of New York Road Runners and the Runners Club of America.
"Both Grete and Ted were two of the great pioneers and champions of long distance running in New York City and their collective efforts were critical to today's booming running community in New York,'' said Mary Wittenberg, president and CEO of New York Road Runners. "At NYRR we always embrace the opportunity to honor and cherish their immense contributions to runners everywhere."
“Our races are to our sport what Wimbledon and the Australian, U.S., and French Opens are to tennis, and what the Masters, U.S., and British Opens and PGA Championship are to golf. Each race has the history, the tradition, the honor roll of legendary champions, and a special place in the eyes of all to make them stand apart from the other events.” Mary Wittenberg