Ted Corbitt

Ted Corbitt

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Ted Corbitt
Height 5'9" (175 cm)
Weight 137 lbs (62 kg)
PR Mar - 2.28.06 (1956)
Born January 31, 1920 at Dunbarton, SC
Died December 12, 2007 at Houston, TX
College Univ of Cincnnati
Club New York Pioneer Club

Theodore "Ted" Corbitt (1920-2007) was an American ultramarathon runner and running club organizer.

Ted Corbitt has been called “The Father of American Distance Running,” for his efforts both as a competitor and an administrator. He ran competitively in Cincinnati in high school and later at the University of Cincinnati. After college he moved up to long-distance events and competed for the United States in the marathon at the 1952 Summer Olympics, finishing 44th. But he later moved up to ultramarathons and by his own count, ran 199 marathons or ultramarathons during his career. In 1957 Corbitt helped found the Road Runners Club of America, and one year later, founded and was the first President of the New York Road Runners Club. One of his contributions was establishing accurate guidelines for measuring road running courses.

In 1998 he was among the first five athletes inducted into the U.S. National Distance Running Hall of Fame. In 1972, he was inducted into the RRCA Hall of Fame.

Corbitt earned a masters degree in physical therapy from New York University in 1950 and made his career in that field. He was the chief physical therapist at the International Center for the Disabled in Manhattan. He wrote articles on athletics and physical therapy and eventually taught at Columbia University, New York University and, to a lesser extent, Long Island University, Ithaca College, Downstate Medical Center and Toro College. He continued working into his 80s.

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