Grete Waitz


Grete is a legendary athlete, who started as a promising young runner in Norway, became a world record holder, and went on to win the New York City Marathon nine times!

On this date in 2011, Grete passed away from cancer.

Below are some of our favorite quotes, to give you a peak into the type of person and athlete she was. 

“For every finish-line tape a runner breaks – complete with the cheers of the crowd and the clicking of hundreds of cameras – there are the hours of hard work and often lonely work that rarely gets talked about.”

“Some of my best ideas were born on the run.”

“My goal has always been to introduce other people to running. They might accomplish something they never thought they could.”

If you are training properly, you should progress steadily. This doesn’t necessarily mean a personal best every time you race… Each training session should be like putting money in the bank. If your training works, you continue to deposit into your “strength” account… Too much training has the opposite effect. Rather than build, it tears down. Your body will tell when you have begun to tip the balance. Just be sure to listen to it.”

“My basic philosophy can be summed up by an expression we use in Norway: hurry slowly. Get there, but be patient.”


“I am about to get involved with the biggest cancer hospital in Norway. They are building a fitness center to work with patients. I will be a consultant.”

“I am living in Norway, where I am under the care of the best cancer doctor in Norway and I can be closer to my family.”