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Posted: November 9, 2009  : Add to Mixx! Subscribe to stories like this

(RWire) Athletics: Special Screening of "Run for Your Life" on November 10

Film chronicles Fred Lebow, the mastermind of the New York City Marathon

On Tuesday, November 10 at 7:30pm, as part of the Reel Jewish Sports Film Series at the Suffolk Y JCC in Commack, N.Y., there will be a special screening of the Fred Lebow movie "Run for Your Life". After the showing, there will be a panel discussion with Bill Rodgers (four-time New York City Marathon champion), Allan Steinfeld (former NYCM race director and president and CEO New York Road Runners), Bernie Cooper (former NYRR Chairman of the Board) and the film's director, Emmy nominated Judd Ehrlich.

"Run for Your Life" chronicles Fred Lebow and the creation and evolution of the New York City Marathon with archival footage and interviews with family members, Mayor Ed Koch, race champions Grete Waitz, Bill Rodgers and Alberto Salazar and others. Credited as the mastermind behind the New York City Marathon, Lebow fled his Orthodox home in war-torn Europe and found his calling when he brought together a group of runners for the first NYC Marathon in Central Park. In 1976, Lebow took the race through all five boroughs, uniting a divided city and sparking a world-wide running boom.

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