Theodore “Ted” Corbitt
1919 – 2007
An American Pioneer

Writings about Ted Corbitt



1.     “Brighter Horizons” Our World, July 1954 pp.17-21


2.     “Home Run For Marathoner” Sports Illustrated, April 18, 1955 pp.32-33
3.     “Boston Marathon” Ebony Magazine, July1955  pp. 103—106
4.     “Life in Your Hands” Our World, July 1955  pp. 54-57


5.    “Corbitt Is All Right in the Long Run” New York Times, September 23, 1962


6.    “Do or Die on the Road to Brighton” by Hal Higdon, Distance Running News, July 1966, pp. 1,6-9
7.     “What Makes Teddy Run?” Cincinnati Alumnus, Oct. 1966, p.15.


8. “Alamosa Marathon Features Long Time Distance Runner, September 1967


9. “The Ultra-Marathoner,Runners World: 1970 Marathon Handbook by David Costill and Edward Fox , pp. 36-39
10.“Really, You Never Heard of Corbitt? By Marco Smolich,  The Sacramento Bee, October 19, 1970,p:B1
11. Road Racers & Their Training by Joe Henderson, TAFNews Press, 1970, pp.81-82


12. “A Tribute to Ted Corbitt: The Cause of the National Capital Marathon Festival” by Robert Crane, October 1973, pp. 1-2
13. “Marathon Runner, at 53, Is Facing Toughest Test” New York Times, October 28, 1973


14. “The Man: Ted Corbitt” Black Sports, May 1974, pp. 56—58.
15.“Corbitt Is Promoting Running” by Elliott Denman, Asbury Park Press, December 29,  1974, p.D6
16.Corbitt: the Story of Ted Corbitt, Long Distance Runner. By John Chodes, Los Altos, CA: Tafnews Press (Book Division of Track and Field News), 1974 (Second Printing – 1978).


17. “Black Distance Runners: Minority within a Minority” by Ron Sommers, Runner’s World Magazine, January 1976, pp. 37-39
18. “Long Distance Runners: Not all agong” by L.A. Ryysylainen, Sportsscope, January 31, 1976 p.B14
19.“Ted Corbitt: The Father of American Distance Running” Staten Island Athletic Club Newsletter, Spring 1976, p.1
20. “Corbitt & Beads – Keep on Truckin’ by Ron Somers, pp.75,93


21. “Do or Die on the Road to Brighton” by Hal Higdon, Marathoner (premiere issue), Spring 1978, pp. 25—28.  
22.“Marathon Champ: Man Needs to Run,” by Joseph Carey, The Evening Post, Apr. 3, 1978
23. “Ted Corbitt’s 100,000 Miles” by Larry Merchant, New York Times  Aug. 7, 1978, p.C3
24.“The Father of American Distance Running” by Stanley Lee, Weekend Big Red, Vol. 3, No. 36, Sep. 10, 1978, p.31
25. “Ted Corbitt: the Original Marathon Man” by Jonathan Black, the Runner, December, 1978, pp. 26 –33


26. “Ted Corbitt: Visiting the Sage of Distance Running” by William Dunnett, On the Run, Runner’s World Publication, Jan. 18, 1979, pp. 11-19.


27. “Is Running Good or Bad for your body? By Jim Zentmeyer, Post Time Star, August 11
1981, April 12, 1981,
28. “The Gentle Killer” by Bill Morris, City Limits, Vol. 1, No. 2, April 1981, pp. 18 –23.
29. “Ted Corbitt: A Legend in Long Distance Running by William Hillman,  D.C. Marathon Program, April 12, 1981, p.8
30.  “Marathon Man” by Gerald Couzens, Sports Wise, September/October 1981, pp. 22—23 and 28.
31. “Ted Corbitt” by Tom Thacker, NIP, August 1981, p.22


32. “An American Original” by Stephen Sullivan, New York Running, Vol. 26, No. 4, Apr/May 1983, pp. 42 –44.
33. “The Silent Brahmin” by Atala Toy, Sri Chinmoy Marathon Team, July 1983
34. “Ted Corbitt: A Visit with the High Priest” New York Times, NYC Marathon Spectator’s Guide, October 1983, pp.14-15


35. “Corbitt: A classic is ten years old and still great” New York Tribune, by David Levine, February 13, 1984, p.11B
36. “An Interview with Ted Corbitt” by Gary Corbitt, Jacksonville Track Club Newsletter, September 1984, pp.7-8
37. “The Five-Borough Idea: A Million-Dollar Misunderstanding” 1984 New York City Marathon Spectator’s Guide.


38. “When Boston Was King” by Brian Caulfield, Runners, June/July 1985, pp.16-17


39. “Ted Corbitt: An American Ultrarunning Pioneer” by Trishul Cherns, Ultra Running Magazine, December 1988, pp. 32-35


40. “Ted Corbitt & Joe Burns Run Down Memory Lane by Eddie Coyle, New York Running News, Fall 1990


41. “Ted Corbitt, 73, not set to hang ‘em up” by Eddie Coyle, New York Daily News, July 16, 1993
42. “Paying Homage to Corbitt” by John Hanc, New York Newsday, July 19, 1993
43. “Ted Corbitt Marches On” by John Hanc, New York Running News, August/September 1993, pp. 17,76
44. “One Runner Who Has Logged His Miles” by Robert Lipsyte, New York Times Sports, Nov. 12, 1993 p.B12


45. “Ted Corbitt: Running Legend, Center Patient” by National Jewish Center for Immunology and Respiratory Medicine, Auxiliaries and Volunteer Visions, Spring 1994, p.1 and p.6.
46. “Miles to Go and Promises to Keep” by Robert Lipsyte, New York Times Sports, Oct. 21, 1994
47. “Grandpa Ted” by Joe Henderson, Running Commentary Magazine, Dec. 1994 #231


48. “Former Olympic Runner Still Going Back to Games at 77” by Marc Weizer, the Greenville News, June 25, 1996. pp.C1,5


49. “Ted and Jackie: Separated at Birth?” New York Running News, January, 1997
50.“Running in Jackie’s Shadow” by John Hanc, Newsday, April 10, 1997
51. “Best foot forward” Al Robbins, Riverdale Press, July 10, 1997, p.B1
52. “At any age, runner’s a class act” by Al Robbins, Riverdale Press, August 7, 1997, p.B6


53. Ted Corbitt: A True Running Pioneer” by Don Allison, Cool Running, June, 14 1998.
54. “Ted Corbitt, 79: Father of Long Distance Running,” Daily News, Sunday, July 5, 1998.
55. “Corbitt love running – no matter how far” by John Pitarresi, Observer-Dispatch, July 12, 1998, p.7C
56. “Corbitt, Shorter, Samuelson, Rodgers & Switzer Inducted” On the Roads, Summer 1998, p.10
57. First Marathon by Gail Kislevitz, Breakaway Books, 1998, pp.79-88


58. “The Amazing Ted Corbitt!” by Lynn Seeley, Ultramarathon World, February 4, 1999
59. “Ted Corbitt at 80: still a humble pioneer” by David Blaikie, Ultramarathon World, February 7, 1999
60. “Corbitt blazed a trail for runners to follow” by Tim Leonard, The Sunday Record, February 28, 1999 p.S9
61. “Distance runner Corbitt is an inspiration for many reasons” by Butch Buckner, The Daily News – Galveston, Texas, May 13, 1999, p.B1
62. “Ted Corbitt’s 80th Birthday Celebration: Honoring a Legend” by Trishul Cherns, Ultrarunning Magazine, May 1999
63. “Who’s Counting” by John Hanc, Newsday, November 3, 1999, pp.B6-7


64. “At 81, Corbitt still Hungry for Win” by Eddie Coyle, Daily News: New York’s Hometown  Newspaper, May 16, 2000.
65. “Ted Corbitt, The Father of U.S. Ultrarunning” Interview by Don Allison, Ultrarunning, July-August 2000, pp.16-18
66.“The Marathon Man” by Keith Loria, Metro Sports New York, July 2000, p.21.


67. “Ted Corbitt: Ultrien Ultra” Vousikerta Irtonumero 35 mk (?) No. 7, 2001, pp.48—52.
68. “Heinrich, Corbitt Still Going Strong” by Jeff Washburn, New England Runner, May/June 2001, pp.62
69. “Genesis X: Ted Corbitt, 82, Ultramarathonner” by Scott Gummer, Vanity Fair, June 2001, p. 203.
70. Run with the Champions by Marc Bloom, Rodale Press, 2001, pp.123-125


71. “How to Go the Distance” Horizons, University publications – University of Cincinnati, Vol. 31, No. 2, May 2002, p.26.
72. “On Any Given Sunday: Ted Corbitt, the Father of Long Distance Running” by Barry Lewis, Running Times, July/Aug, 2002, pp. 30—32.


73. “Racing for Life: a racer’s quiet legacy” The Magazine of Naples, March 2003, pp.200-203
74. “Ted Corbitt: Profile of an American Legend,” by Jeff Venable, New York Runner, Spring 2003, pp. 38 –39.
75. “24 Hours with the Great Ted Corbitt” by Arpan DeAngelo, Ultramarathon World, Nov. 15, 21. 2003


76. “Ted Corbitt: Cincinnati’s Own Running Legend” The Runner’s Spotlite, February 2004,
77. “Corbitt and Kiddy Inaugural Inductees Into American Ultrarunning Hall of Fame by Dan Brannen, Ultrarunning, June 2004, pp.4-5
78. “Age, like race, no barrier to racer” by John Lachmann, The Cincinnati Post, November 24, 2004, pp.1,9


79. “30 Years Later, Still Run Citywide” by Frank Litsky, New York Times, November 1, 2005
80. “One Step At A Time” by Colleen Kane, Cincinnati Enquirer, November 24, 2005, pp.B1,6
81. “Is It All in the Family?” by Gail Kislevitz, Running Times, November 2005, pp.50-52


82. “Ted Corbitt, a Pioneer in American Distance Running, Dies at 88” by Frank Litsky, New York Times, December 13, 2007
83. “Remembering Ted Corbitt” by Norbert Sander,, December 13, 2007
84. “Ted Corbitt: 20th Century Pioneer” by Don Allison, Cool Running, December 14, 2007
85. “Ted Corbitt, Pioneer of Distance Running” by Matt Schudel, Washington Post, December 14, 2007 p.B7
86. “Ted Corbitt, the Father of Distance Running, Passes Away” by Bill Schnier, University of Cincinnati Website, December 14, 2007
87. “Corbitt helped shape road race events” by Vera Stek, Home News Tribune, December 27, 2007
88. “Ted Corbitt, The Father of American Ultrarunning, R.I.P. by Dan Brannen,, December 2007


89. “Corbitt spent his life improving running” by Jackie Miron,, January 8, 2008
90. “Corbitt was wonderful for American distance running” by Roy Pirrung, The Sheboygan Press January 11, 2008
91. “In Memory of Ted Corbitt” by Tom Osler, Runner’s Gazette, January 2008, p.7
92. “A Gentle Man…A Gentleman by Freddi Carlip, Runner’s Gazette, January 2008, p.2
93. “Distance running pioneer Corbitt made his mark” by Don Sikorski, Norwich Bulletin, January 19, 2008
94. “Tribute To A Hero” by Ray Krolewicz, Running Journal, February 2008 p.13
95. “Distance runner set expert pace” by Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union, March 7, 2008
96. “Ted Corbitt – The Father of American Ultrarunning, by Dan Brannen, Ultrarunning, March 2008 pp.11-12
97. “One of the most remarkable men of his generation” by Andy Milroy, Ultrarunning, March 2008 p.13
98. Rich Inamorato eulogy for Ted Corbitt, Ultrarunning, March 2008 p. 13
99. “Hard Work Brings Brilliant Results” by Trishul Cherns, Ultrarunning, March 2008 p.14
100. “The Man Who Scaled his Own Everest” by John J. Kelley, New England Runner, March/April 2008 pp.64-65
101. “A Quiet Giant” by Joe Henderson, Marathon & Beyond, March/April 2008 pp. 190-192
102. “The Quiet Revolutionary” by Sabrina Tillman, New York Runner, Spring 2008 pp.32-36
103. “Saying Goodbye to Ted” by Gail Kislevitz, Marathon & Beyond, September/October 2008 pp.24-36
104. “Remembering Theodore “Ted” Corbitt – Master Teacher: The Silent Brahmin” by Gary Corbitt, New York University Health in Motion, Fall 2008 pp.10
105. “Great Polarity Therapist and Athlete Has Passed On” by Lewis Harrison, American Polarity Therapy Association Newsletter, Fall 2008 pp.14-15


106. “The Ultraman” by Joe Henderson, Running Commentary #803, October 23, 2009


107. “A distance pioneer” by Frank Litsky, 2010 Armory Yearbook, January 2012 pp.3,5
108. “The Ted Corbitt Legacy” by Gail Kislevitz, Marathon & Beyond, May/June 2010 pp.18-31
109. “Gary Corbitt to Create Ted Corbitt Archives by Vicki Gold, May/June 2009, Empire State Physical Therapy pp.11


110. “Inspirational Runner Ted Corbitt by Ray Krolewicz, Running Journal, March 2012 p.24
111. “Two Generation, many races, celebrate one neighborhood” by Adam Wisnieski, Riverdale Press, August 16, 2012 pp.1-2
112. “Marble Hill reunion lauds famed tenant” by Kerry Wills, New York Daily News, August 17, 2012 pp.42


113. “City renames W. 228th Street in Bronx after Ted Corbitt, the father of American running”
July 17, 2013, New York Daily News
114."Bill & Frank & Joanie & Ted: New York Honors Four Marathon Icon" by Roger Robinson, September 19, 2013
115. "Ted Corbitt: Hall of Fame Renaissance Man" by Barbara Huebner - Marathon News Service, October 7, 2013
116."Gary Corbitt's remarks: New York City Marathon Hall of Fame Induction" October 31, 2013
117."Ted Corbitt to be inducted into New York Road Runners Hall of Fame - A fitting finish for black legend" by Wayne Coffey, New York Daily News, October 31, 2013 p.62
118."Gary Corbitt profiles his legendary dad, Ted Corbitt" by Gary Corbitt, New York Amsterdam News, October 31, 2013 p.48
119. "Honoring A Real Pioneer" by Elliott Denman, November 1, 2013
120. "New York City Marathon can thank Ted Corbitt, the pied piper of running" by John Jeansonne, Newsday, November 2, 2013 p.A62
121. “Black Distance Runners Hall of Fame Inducts Inaugural Members” by Alison Wade,, November 18, 2013
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