Greg Meyer (born
September 18, 1955) is best known for his accomplishments in distance running. Most notably, he is the last American maleto win the Boston Marathon.
He is a 1973 graduate of
Grand Rapids West Catholic High Schooland in 1977 with a degree in education and social studies. http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/04/profile_marathon_man_greg_meye.html] from the University of Michiganin Ann Arbor, MIIn 1986 he earned a master's in Education from Boston University.
Meyer was born in
Grand Rapids, MIto parents Rita and Jay. He has one older sibling, Matthew Meyer. He met and married fellow runner Paula Lettis in 1980 [http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/04/profile_marathon_man_greg_meye.html] while living in Boston and together they had three children, Nicholle (1981), Jacob (1983) and Daniel (1986) [http://www.mlive.com/grgallery/galleries/gallery.ssf?cgi-bin/view_gallery.cgi/mlive/view_gallery.ata?g_id=7287] . He divorced 2005 while living in Dexter, MI. He resides near Rockford, MI, north of Grand Rapids, MIand since 2008 has served as Associate Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Aquinas College. [http://www.aquinas.edu/collegerelations/phpnews/display.php/?action=fullnews&id=319] ] Previous to that Greg was employed from approximately 2000 through March 2007 by the University of Michigan as director of Major Gifts for the Greater Michigan Region [http://www.umich.edu/~urecord/0506/Jul24_06/17.shtml] where he helped raised over $125 million for the University.
His winning time for that 1983 race was 2:09.00. He has also won the River Bank Run in his home town of
Grand Rapids, MIseven times over. Meyer set 10 American Road Racing records and two world records.
"He held the American record for the ten mile run and was a sub 4-minute miler. Meyer’s top-level performances deserves
recognition. He set ten American road racingrecords at the following distances: 8K, 10K, 15K, 25K, Ten Mile. Set two World Records in the 15K ( Gasparilla15K, Tampa, FL) and the Ten Mile( Cherry Blossom10 Mile, Wash. D.C) Some of Meyer’s other accomplishments include United States Male Distance Runner of the Year 1983, being nominated for the James E. Sullivan Award(America’s highest amateur award) 1983, and being inducted into the following Halls of Fame: ESPN Road Racing, Road Runners Club of American, and Grand Rapids Sports Hall of Fame. He also had victories at the following major races Detroit Marathon(1980), Chicago Marathon(1982), Boston Marathon(1983), Cascade Run Off (1980), Cherry Blossom(1983), 25K River Bank Run (seven times), National Cross Country Champion (1978). Meyer was one of the founding members of A.R.R.A, which was the first athletic union of road racing athletes. In the early 1980’s helped fight and win the right to earn prize money, starting with the Cascade Run Off in 1980. After many runners were bannedfrom running T.A.C. events (now USAT&F) due to the “contamination rule” dealing with professionalism, T.A.C. instituted the TAC Trust system, which eventual lead to open competition and the prize moneythe athletes today enjoy…not to mention an open Olympic Games."
Quoted from [http://www.distancerunning.com National Distance Running Hall of Fame] .
List of winners of the Boston Marathon
* [http://www.distancerunning.com/inductees/2005/meyer.html Greg Meyer]
* [http://blog.mlive.com/grpress_extra/2008/04/profile_greg_meyer.html Greg Meyer Photo]
* [http://blog.mlive.com/grpress/2008/02/greg_meyer_running_man_money_m.html Greg Meyer: Running Man, Money Man]
* [http://www.mlive.com/saginawnews/sports/index.ssf/2008/06/greg_meyer_the_last_american_m.html Greg Meyer: helping kick start YMCA Run for Your Heart Program in Saginaw]
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