Latest update: July 7th, 2014
Jewish Press: How did you get involved writing a biography of Fred Lebow?
Rubin: As I write in the book’s preface, I was one of the “shleppers” – the ordinary, middle- and back-of-the-pack, “grassroots” runners convinced by Fred Lebow that they could go the distance. I was a firsthand recipient of the gift he created. I am one of those who ran the race and made it to the finish line in Central Park – and the experience was so rewarding, I went on to do it five more times.
How long did it take to write the book?
How did Judaism influence Fred’s life?
When did Fred begin re-exploring his Jewishness?
In your book you write that Fred’s Jewishness informed his vision of a people’s marathon.
What was his relationship with city officials, and how much of a help or hindrance were they in setting up the marathon?
How was he able to secure corporate backing?
Explain the title of the book.
What are your plans for the book now?
In March we’ll be at the Los Angeles Marathon. Beyond that, only time will tell.
About the Author: Jason Maoz is the Senior Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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