ⓘ Frederick Lorz. 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 ..

                                     

ⓘ Frederick Lorz

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 for not having crossed the "half-way mark" and still winning.

                                     

1. Biography

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 seven-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 and drove the next eleven miles 17.7 km, after which, Lorz 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.

Lorz was suspended a second time by the Amateur Athletic Union for participating in an unsanctioned meet at the games of the Thomas Jefferson Club at Witzels Grove, College Point, Long Island, New York on August 23, 1905. His application for reinstatement was denied; he was originally required to wait two years before applying for reinstatement, but he was reinstated in time to run the 1906 Chicago Marathon, where he finished fourth. He finished second at the Yonkers Marathon in 1907, seventh at the Boston Marathon in 1908, sixth at the Empire City Marathon in Yonkers in 1909, and second in another marathon in Boston nine days later.

In 1910 he married Dorothy Reilly, and they had three children. Lorz died in 1914 of pneumonia.

                                     
  • finished twelfth of the fifteen finishers, but moved up to eleventh after Frederick Lorz was disqualified. United States at the 1904 Summer Olympics Evans, Hilary
  • finished last of the fifteen finishers, but moved up to fourteenth after Frederick Lorz was disqualified. Greece at the 1904 Summer Olympics Evans, Hilary
  • finished eleventh of the fifteen finishers, but moved up to tenth after Frederick Lorz was disqualified. Greece at the 1904 Summer Olympics Evans, Hilary
  • thirteenth of the fourteen finishers, but moved up to twelfth after Frederick Lorz was disqualified. South Africa at the 1904 Summer Olympics Evans, Hilary
  • Boston Daily Globe, July 1, 1906, p. 12. A New Marathon Champion: Frederick Lorz of the Mohawk Athletic Club of New York Captured the Great Run in an
  • and creating dust clouds. The first to arrive at the finish line was Frederick Lorz who actually rode the rest of the way in a car to retrieve his clothes
  • kilometres The first to arrive at the finish line was American runner Fred Lorz who had actually dropped out of the race after nine miles and hitched a
  • February 19, 1906. Retrieved May 16, 2012. A New Marathon Champion: Frederick Lorz of the Mohawk Athletic Club of New York Captured the Great Run in an
  • considering that dopers are at least trying to run the entire race. In 1904, Frederick Lorz rode a car during the Olympic marathon in St. Louis. In October 1979