A portion of West 228th Street will become “Ted Corbitt Way.”
Back before ultramarathons were popular, there was Ted Corbitt. The founding president of the New York Road Runners, Corbitt was a running pioneer, logging up to 200 miles a week in training.
According to the New York Road Runners, Corbitt’s impact on the New York community will be honored in the form of a street sign close to where the late runner lived.
City officials are designating the block of West 228th Street in the Bronx as “Ted Corbitt Way.”
From 1955 to 1974 Corbitt lived in the Marble Hill Houses, and while he was there, he co-founded the NYRR as well as the Road Runners Club of America.
He would later serve as president of both organizations.
Corbitt’s life story is amazing. He grew up in South Carolina, the grandson of former slaves and ran to school every day.
Despite the persistent racism he faced in the sport, Corbitt went on to become a competitive distance runner in high school and college. He died in 2007 at the age of 88.