Fred Lorz (1904)

Fred Lorz was a long-distance runner best known for "winning" the marathon in the 1904 Summer Olympic Games. In reality, Lorz became so tired at the ninth mile that he hitched a ride in his trainer's car for the next 11 miles. When the car broke down, Lorz returned to the stadium on foot, where he broke the tape and was considered the winner. He initially went along with the victory but eventually admitted to the stunt. Thomas Hicks was named the real winner.

( Handout / January 24, 2014 )

Fred Lorz was a long-distance runner best known for "winning" the marathon in the 1904 Summer Olympic Games. In reality, Lorz became so tired at the ninth mile that he hitched a ride in his trainer's car for the next 11 miles. When the car broke down, Lorz returned to the stadium on foot, where he broke the tape and was considered the winner. He initially went along with the victory but eventually admitted to the stunt. Thomas Hicks was named the real winner.

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