26 Miles to Boston: The Boston Marathon Experience from Hopkins to Copley Square

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26 Miles to Boston is a colorful and moving portrait of what it feels like to run the Boston Marathon - and it puts readers squarely into the running shoes of anyone who has attempted the world's most prestigious long-distance race.
From the suburban town of Hopkinton to the center of metropolitan Boston, here are the mile-by-mile sights and sounds that confront the runners, and firsthand accounts - including the author's - of the pain and ...
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Overview


26 Miles to Boston is a colorful and moving portrait of what it feels like to run the Boston Marathon - and it puts readers squarely into the running shoes of anyone who has attempted the world's most prestigious long-distance race.
From the suburban town of Hopkinton to the center of metropolitan Boston, here are the mile-by-mile sights and sounds that confront the runners, and firsthand accounts - including the author's - of the pain and exhaustion they endure as they battle both the elements and the course's demanding terrain.
Here also is a rich and inspiring history of the marathon and of the men and women of varying skills and abilities whose own struggles, small victories, and personal triumphs have colored this magnificent event.
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Editorial Reviews

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"26 MILES TO BOSTON offers a unique look at the event and what it means to runners and the Boston community as it has never before been chronicled."
--Boston Athletic Association

"26 MILES TO BOSTON puts you in the race. Through each chapter, mile after mile, my imagery and heart rate moved along the Boston Marathon course as if I were actually back on it."
--Jean Driscoll, Seven-Time Women's Wheelchair Champion

From the Publisher
"26 MILES TO BOSTON offers a unique look at the event and what it means to runners and the Boston community as it has never before been chronicled."
—Boston Athletic Association

"26 MILES TO BOSTON puts you in the race. Through each chapter, mile after mile, my imagery and heart rate moved along the Boston Marathon course as if I were actually back on it."
—Jean Driscoll, Seven-Time Women's Wheelchair Champion

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585748280
  • Publisher: Globe Pequot Press
  • Publication date: 3/1/2003
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 702,269
  • Product dimensions: 6.02 (w) x 9.09 (h) x 0.71 (d)

Meet the Author


MICHAEL CONNELLY competed in the 1996 Boston marathon on the race's centennial anniversary and crossed the finish line experiencing "immeasurable joy, satisfaction, and pain." An executive with a Boston area bank, he lives with his family in West Roxbury, Massachusetts.
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Table of Contents

Forewords
vii
ix
xi
Introduction xiii
Part I Stretching Out 1
The Genesis 3
Six Months to Glory 7
Marathon Year 13
Marathon Week 23
Marathon Day 37
Part II Race for the Ages 51
Mile 1 53
Mile 2 63
Mile 3 69
Mile 4 72
Mile 5 80
Mile 6 88
Mile 7 92
Mile 8 102
Mile 9 106
Mile 10 112
Mile 11 119
Mile 12 124
Mile 13 131
Mile 14 138
Mile 15 144
Mile 16 149
Mile 17 155
Mile 18 164
Mile 19 170
Mile 20 175
Mile 21 184
Mile 22 193
Mile 23 198
Mile 24 206
Mile 25 212
Mile 26 218
385 Yards 232
Part III Rejoice! We Conquer! 238
Crossing the Line 239
Trials and Tribulations 248
Ice Bags and Cold Beers 253
Epilogue 263
Appendices
Men's Open Champions 266
Women's Open Champions 270
Men's Wheelchair Champions 272
Women's Wheelchair Champions 273
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  • Posted September 1, 2011

    Excellent read!!

    I think B&N has the wrong Michael Connelly listed for the bio.... the one they mention is a writer from Philly, where as the bio on the book has Mr. Connelly as a life long resident of Boston who works in a bank there!!

    The book is FANTASTIC! A great read and very entertaining. A mile by mile account of the worlds premiere marathon with great history woven throughout the chapters. Makes you almost want to try marathon!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2004

    Great Book!

    This was a great book. It was very informative about the Boston Marathon's unique position in the sport and was also very inspiring for anyone who has run or is considering running a marathon. Connelly did an excellent job of capturing the essense of the race!

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