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Norwegian Royals to honour Grete Waitz. HRH Crown Prince Haakon is to join a tribute to the memory of runner Grete Waitz at Bislett Stadium. The world famous Olympic athlete died last month following a long battle with cancer, and tonight’s event is Norway’s “chance to bid a final public farewell,” Helle Aanesen, general manager of charity Active Against Cancer, tells The Foreigner. Ms Waitz and Ms Aaanesen founded the organisation 3 ½ years ago, which is part-funded via income from companies inspiring employees to take up physical activity.

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Norwegian Royals to honour Grete Waitz

Published on Wednesday, 11th May, 2011 at 13:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

HRH Crown Prince Haakon is to join a tribute to the memory of runner Grete Waitz at Bislett Stadium.

L-R: Grete Waitz, Paula Radcliffe NY marathon 2008
L-R: Grete Waitz, Paula Radcliffe NY marathon 2008
Photo: Pool/Getty Images Sport


The world famous Olympic athlete died last month following a long battle with cancer, and tonight’s event is Norway’s “chance to bid a final public farewell,” Helle Aanesen, general manager of charity Active Against Cancer, tells The Foreigner.

Ms Waitz and Ms Aaanesen founded the organisation 3 ½ years ago, which is part-funded via income from companies inspiring employees to take up physical activity.

Money raised goes towards training facilities for cancer patients at Norwegian medical facilities. The charity also recently gave 33 ½ million kroner, enabling Ullevål University Hospital to receive a P.E.T scanner. Grete Waitz was present at the official opening in February.

Palace Press Spokesperson Marianne Hagen says HRH Crown Prince Haakon “will, of course, be paying his respects” at tonight’s tribute, which will also be attended by widower Jack.

Representing the government are Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg, who will be making a speech, Minister of Culture Anniken Huitfeldt, and Rigmor Aasrud, Minister of Government Administration, Reform, and Church Affairs.

Other participants include former competitor Joan Benoit Samuelson, and Mary Wittenberg from New York Road Runners will also be participating, as well as cross-country skiing sprinter Bente Skari. Norwegian musicians Åge Aleksandersen, Bjørn Eidsvåg, and actor Lise Stokke.

57-year-old Grete Waitz had a special connection to Bislett Stadium, training there throughout her career, and setting some records. Her statute stands outside.

Doors open at 17:15 and the event is free to the public.

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Published on Wednesday, 11th May, 2011 at 13:38 under the news category, by Michael Sandelson   .

This post has the following tags: gretewaitz, jensstoltenberg, hrhcrownprincehaakon, bislettstadium.





  
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