Retired Kenyan distance running legends and former world record holders Tegla Loroupe and Paul Tergat will be inducted next week in the New York Road Race (NYRR) Hall of Fame when they return to one of the places where they were triumphant.
“New York Road Runners and those involved in the sport of distance running are incredibly fortunate to have witnessed the stellar performances and contributions of Paula, Tegla, Paul, and Haile throughout their careers,” said Peter Ciaccia, the president of events for NYRR and race director of the TCS New York City Marathon.
Ciaccia said that their medal-winning runs and the records that they had set had raised the sport to new heights, adding that they had selflessly used their leadership in the sport as a positive platform for change and inspiring people of all ages and abilities to improve their lives through running.
Tergat, who has launched the 12th annual Sports Personality of the Year Awards which he founded on Wednesday with a strong anti-doping message, will return to the Big Apple where he won the 2005 New York City Marathon with the smallest margin of victory in the race’s history – just one second.
It has also been announced that Mary Wittenberg, Global CEO of Virgin Sport and former CEO of the NYRR, will be the first recipient of the AKTIV Against Cancer Award.
Wittenberg said she was “honored” to accept the award, saying that she was accepting it on behalf of the millions of people that Grete Waitz had impacted around the world through her running and her philanthropic work. “Grete’s spirit lives on through the AKTIV Against Cancer foundation,” she said.