is widely respected
as the "Father of Distance Running."
He is largely responsible for the movement
to adhere to strict measurement criteria
and course certification. Many feel there
wouldn't be a sport of distance running
if not for Corbitt.
As a runner, he pioneered ultra-marathoning
in the United States when most people thought
the marathon was the absolute limit of human
endurance. Corbitt would run for hours,
even days, connected to electrodes to study
the effects of running on the human body.
He has held American records for 25-, 40-
and 50-mile marathons. Corbitt ran 199 marathons
and ultra-marathons during his career and
he was an American and Canadian marathon
champion. He was a member of the 1952 U.S.
Olympic marathon team and won the National
AAU Championships in the 30K, the marathon
and the 50-mile events.
Corbitt is a highly regarded physical therapist.
Earning his MS in physical therapy from
New York University in 1950. Corbitt worked
at the International Center for the Disabled.
He eventually worked his way up to Assistant
Director of Physical Therapy. Corbitt co-authored
one book and contributed to several others.
He wrote articles on athletics and physical
therapy and eventually taught at Columbia
University, New York University and, to
a lesser extent, Long Island University,
Ithaca College, Downstate Medical Center
and Toro College.