Hedy Marque, runner

April 23, 2013

Hedy Marque, who ran until she was 89 and was inducted last year into the USA Track & Field Masters Hall of Fame for long distance running, died April 12 at Aspen Manor, a nursing home in Springfield. She was 95.

The cause was Alzheimer’s disease, said her daughter, Marjorie Marque.

Mrs. Marque (pronounced Mark) was a German native who settled in the United States after World War II. She lived for many years in Detroit and settled in Alexandria in 1986.

She participated in 10-mile races, including the Annapolis 10 Mile Run, Army Ten-Miler, the Credit Union Cherry Blossom race and the George Washington Parkway Classic.

USA Track & Field named her athlete of the year for her age group 12 times. She holds four American age-group records, including the 10 miles she ran in 1:57:38 in the 2005 Credit Union Cherry Blossom race in Washington when she was 87.

She once told The Washington Post that she preferred competing in races featuring only women. “Otherwise, it’s a little discouraging when there’s a 6-footer to the right, and one to the left,” said Mrs. Marque, who was described as 5-foot-2 and 100 pounds.

Hedwig Falkowski was born in Berlin, where as a young woman she did accounting work for a leather goods store.

Her husband of 52 years, Gerard Marque, died in 1999. Survivors include a daughter, Marjorie Marque of Alexandria.

— Adam Bernstein