Frederick Lorz

Frederick Lorz

|American
date of birth : 05/06/1884 | date of death : 04/02/1914
Born on June 5, 1884, Manhattan, New York city, New York, United States, long distance runner, He was an American long distance runner who won the 1905 Boston Marathon. Lorz is also known for his "finish" in the marathon at the 1904 Summer Olympics.

Birth, Birthplace, Time of birth:

Frederick Lorz was born in Manhattan, New York, New York, United States on June 5, 1884.

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Personal Information:

Height: 5'8" (172 cm)
Weight: 152 lbs (69 kg)

Life events:

Frederick "Fred" Lorz was an American long distance runner who won the 1905 Boston Marathon. Lorz is also known for his "finish" in the marathon at the 1904 Summer Olympics.Born in New York City, Lorz was reported to have done all his training at night due to his profession as a bricklayer. An announcement in the August 6, 1904 issue of The New York Times indicated that the Metropolitan Association of the Amateur Athletic Union would hold a "special five-mile race" at Celtic Park on August 13, 1904 with the eight top finishers receiving a paid trip to compete in the marathon at the Olympic Games in St. Louis on August 30, 1904. Lorz, listed as representing the Mohawk Athletic Club, was named as one of 19 "probable competitors" in the event. In the marathon at the 1904 Olympic Games, Lorz stopped running because of exhaustion after nine miles (14.5 km). His manager gave him a lift in his car for the next eleven miles (17.7 km), after which it broke down; Lorz then continued on foot back to the Olympic stadium, where he broke the finishing line tape and was greeted as the winner of the race. Though he initially went along with it, he soon admitted that it was a joke after spectators claimed that he had not run the entire race. Thomas Hicks went on to become the real winner, though he too had an unusual race, walking part of the route and being assisted by strychnine, which has since been banned; among the 32 runners that entered, he was one of several who came near death (along with William Garcia), and he retired the next day. Lorz was banned for life by the Amateur Athletic Union, but was reinstated soon afterwards after he apologized for the stunt and it was found that he had not intended to defraud. He won the Boston Marathon in 1905 with a time of 2:38:25.He died of pneumonia while quite young.

Occupation and Career:

Fred Lorz was long distance runner. Fred Lorz finished fifth in the 1904 Boston Marathon and elected to compete in St. Louis at the Olympics. In the Olympic marathon, he was the first runner across the line, but was disqualified when it was discovered he had taken a lift in a car for part of the course. When his cheating was discovered, he was banned by the AAU for life. However, this ban was quickly commuted and Lorz competed in the 1905 Boston Marathon, and won the race. He continued to compete in the Boston race thru 1908, when he finished seventh.

Awards /Honors:

He won the Boston Marathon in 1905 with a time of 2:38:25.

Death, place of death, Time of death, place of burial:

He died of pneumonia while quite young in Bronx, New York, United States on February 4, 1914

References:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frederick_Lorz
http://www.sports-reference.com/olympics/athletes/lo/fred-lorz-1.html