Run for Your Life (2008)
Only available in United States
Under Fred Lebow's leadership, the New York City Marathon expanded from a minor race within Central Park to a world-class race through all five boroughs, adding immeasurably to the popularity of running in general. Boston may have done it first, but through the eyes of this engaging documentary it was the New York City Marathon that put the idea of the big-city road race on the map.
Between 1976, with 2,000 athletes, including Olympians Frank Shorter and Bill Rodgers, and 2008, by which time the numbers swelled to 40,000, it was Lebow's tenacity, cunning and sheer personality, remembered by all who talk about him in the film, that certified the New York City Marathon had definitely hit its stride.
Neil Amdur, Gloria Averbuch, Abraham Beame, Bob Bright, Tom Brokaw