This 5K cross country race over Van Cortlandt Park’s challenging hills honors the late Fred Lebow (1932–1994), NYRR’s visionary president for 22 years and the co-founder of the New York City Marathon. We’ll post results, recap, and photos on Monday.
The Fred Lebow Cross Country Championships, the fourth of NYRR’s five cross country races this season, took runners over the Bronx's famed Van Cortlandt Park 5K course. Named for the late Fred Lebow, NYRR’s president for 22 years, the race took place the day after a celebration of the 100th anniversary of cross country running in the park.
At the gun, three men quickly formed a leading group. As they entered the hilly Back Woods, Thomas Hammer of Urban Athletics remained patient, keeping about 10 meters behind the leaders. Midway through the race, he had joined them.