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Great Fenway Writers Series
Save the date: Thursday, May 27, at 7 p.m. for our next Zoom event featuring “Forever at the Finish Line: The Quest to Honor New York City Marathon Founder Fred Lebow” by author Daniel C. Mitrovich. A runner from San Diego who has completed 10 marathons, including the Boston Marathon three times, Mitrovich tells the story of how he decided that New York Marathon founder Fred Lebow should have a life-sized statue placed in New York’s Central Park to honor his contribution to the sport, and to what has become a signature event on the global marathon circuit.

Mitrovich, whose brother George founded the Great Fenway Park Writers series, encountered considerable pushback along the way, but with the help of a host of powerful supporters he enlisted to the cause, including some of the most famous runners of the time—Bill Rodgers, Joan Benoit Samuelson, Carl Lewis, Alberto Salazar and Grete Waitz—and a host of politicians, including former presidents George H.W. Bush and Bill Clinton, Mitrovich achieved his goal.

As many marathoners begin their final training push in advance of the Boston Marathon, which this year will be run on Oct. 11 after a pandemic-dictated absence from the sports calendar last year, we believe you will find Mitrovich’s tale engaging and compelling.

May 27, 2021 07:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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