First published 4/21/11 on The Doctor Weighs In.
Grete was a Norwegian schoolteacher, a superb runner, and a wonderful human being. She twice set the world record at 3,000 meters, and she set world records at distances of 8 kilometers, 10 kilometers, 15 kilometers and 10 miles. But her most famous accomplishments were in the marathon race. She won 9 New York marathons –a record for either men or women. In addition to her New York City victories, Waitz won the London Marathon twice, the Stockholm Marathon once and the world championship marathon in 1983.