Grete Waitz winner of the 1988 Stockholm Marathon in 2.28.24.
Grete Waitz the biggest star
The ASICS Stockholm Marathon women’s course record is held by a pioneer and legend in distance running. In the 70s Grete Waitz won medals for Norway at major championships at 1500m and 3000m then became the first world-class female track athlete to attempt the marathon.
She was the first world champion in the marathon in 1983 and silver medallist at the 1984 Olympics in Los Angeles. She was also five times World Cross Country Champion.
However she became most famous for her victories in New York City Marathon. She came to her debut race in 1978 as an unfancied novice but won in a world record time and went on to rack up an incredible eight more victories.
In 1988 Grete came to Stockholm and despite a knee injury she won in 2:28.29, which is still the course record today. At the time her husband and coach, Jack, described it as her best race ever, a significant statement considering her previous illustrious performances!
When Grete was diagnosed with cancer in 2005, she founded Aktiv mot Kreft (Active against Cancer), raised money for cancer research and treatment and encouraged other patients. Grete died in 2011 but she continues to be an inspiration to women at every level of our sport.
The history of Stockholm Marathon