26.2: Marathon Stories

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26.2: Marathon Stories by Katherine Switzer and Roger Robinson is an unprecedented visual and literary tour of the marathon throughout history

The marathon is the most popular independent athletic event in the world, with over a million people set to enter one this year and another 50 million cheering them on from the sidelines. This glorious volume is the first book to set the marathon on the large world stage and examine the historic and ...

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Overview

26.2: Marathon Stories by Katherine Switzer and Roger Robinson is an unprecedented visual and literary tour of the marathon throughout history

The marathon is the most popular independent athletic event in the world, with over a million people set to enter one this year and another 50 million cheering them on from the sidelines. This glorious volume is the first book to set the marathon on the large world stage and examine the historic and universal appeal of this ultimate individual challenge.

Hundreds of powerful images by such renowned photographers as Helmut Newton and Susan Meiselas, along with personal reminiscences from many well-known marathoners, capture the endless hours of practice and the overwhelming rush of emotion at crossing the finish line. Examining the marathon through the  lenses of history, philosophy, sociology, athletics, pop culture, fashion, and science, the book salutes the determination and courage of those who willingly push themselves to test  their personal best.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594863301
  • Publisher: Rodale Press, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/13/2006
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 913,046
  • Product dimensions: 8.24 (w) x 8.49 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

KATHRINE SWITZER is best known for pioneering the official entrance of women into the marathon in the late 1960s. Winner of the 1974 New York City Marathon, she has finished 35 marathons. An Emmy Award-winning commentator who has covered important running events from the Boston and New York City marathons to the Olympics and Goodwill Games, she is the author of Running and Walking for Women Over 40. She and her husband, Roger Robinson, split their time between Wellington, New Zealand, and New York.

ROGER ROBINSON, has represented both England and New Zealand in World Championships and has set marathon records for his age group in Boston, New York, Canberra, and Vancouver. He is a professor at Victoria University in New Zealand.

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Table of Contents

1 Prelude to the race 14
2 The starting line 22
3 Out of the gate 30
4 Olympic distance 36
5 Mapping the course 48
6 Motivations 56
7 Heroes 1896-1956 62
8 Training 68
9 Running for your life 76
10 Joining the race 86
11 The pack 98
12 Sidelines 104
13 Halfway 118
14 Run the world 122
15 Gear 146
16 Ritual and religion 156
17 Shortcuts 164
18 The body in question 170
19 The story of a word 176
20 Heroes 1956-1982 184
21 The course and the cause 190
22 The agony 198
23 Time 204
24 Out of the rift valley 212
25 Souvenirs 220
26 Heroes 1982-2003 228
26.2 The ecstasy 234
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