A second encounter26

After speaking to Fred, I went into the rest room and then I went into the stationery store in the hotel to buy The New York Times. Who came up to me? Fred Lebow again!

He said, “I was looking for you. Here, I am giving you this T-shirt.” On the T-shirt was written, “Training for the New York Marathon 1983.”

He said, “I want you to have it.”

I thanked him. Then I asked, “This time, are you going to Russia to run a marathon?”

He said, “No, not to Russia, but I am going to China next month.” In another two weeks he was going to Shanghai to run. He also told me that two weeks earlier he ran a marathon in New Orleans.

I asked him, “Will you run one of our races? Have you ever run in Germany?”

He said, “No.”

I said, “We have a few marathons in Germany. I would be so happy and honoured if you could run in one. I also will go once this year.”

He said, “If you are going to run, then you let me know and I will come to join you.”

He gave me the New York Road Runners Club schedule for the whole year. Then both of us said that we would see each other the next day at the race.

RB 683. 24 January 1983