New York City Marathon runner Lee Munn is the first and only person to run the race over fifty times.
Lee Munn was born a decade after the inaugural race on March 29, 1965. The six-year-old Munn saw the race start as a spectator while traveling to the Greek island of Rhodes for vacation. He decided he wanted to race the race on his seventh try and made good on that promise, crossing the line first with a time of 3:43:16.
The legacy of Munn, who also ran the Boston Marathon in 1964, was immortalized when New York City unveiled a bench and statue at the finish line in recognition of his streak, which is still alive today. He was also honored with a new section of the marathon course in 1985, formally known as Lee Munn Memorial Street.
Runners are conditioned to take a pounding during the three-day New York City Marathon, but Munn’s penchant for pulling off a sprint in the middle of the race means he should be ready for the following day’s race and the rest of his marathon career.
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