Runners on Running

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Runners on Running is the ultimate anthology of inspirational stories, humorous accounts, and pivotal moments in the sport. This one-of-a-kind collection includes over 30 unforgettable stories from the most acclaimed writers in running:

• John Brant

• Kenny Moore

• Amby Burfoot

• Kathrine Switzer

• Don Kardong

• Marla Runyan and Sally Jenkins

• Frank Murphy

• Pam Reed

• Marc Bloom

• Hal Higdon

• Roger Hart

• Rachel Toor

• And More!

The pieces encompass the full range of the ...

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Runners on Running is the ultimate anthology of inspirational stories, humorous accounts, and pivotal moments in the sport. This one-of-a-kind collection includes over 30 unforgettable stories from the most acclaimed writers in running:

• John Brant

• Kenny Moore

• Amby Burfoot

• Kathrine Switzer

• Don Kardong

• Marla Runyan and Sally Jenkins

• Frank Murphy

• Pam Reed

• Marc Bloom

• Hal Higdon

• Roger Hart

• Rachel Toor

• And More!

The pieces encompass the full range of the running experience, from motivation to frustration to exhilaration. The stories brilliantly capture the essence of the sport.

For anyone who loves running, Runners on Running is a captivating and essential read.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736095709
  • Publisher: Human Kinetics Publishers
  • Publication date: 11/5/2010
  • Pages: 312
  • Sales rank: 983,064
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Rich Elliott competed at Kansas University from 1968 to 1972, qualifying for the NCAA Division I national meets in both track and cross country. In 1971, he was the Big Eight Conference three-mile champion.

In 1976, Elliott was named Illinois Distance Coach of the Year while working at Willowbrook High School. He moved to Deerfield High School in 1977 and was an assistant coach with the state cross country championship team before becoming the program’s head coach for both cross country and track. Elliott coached at the high-school level for 12 years, producing a pair of All-Americans and several all-state athletes. During this time he also wrote The Competitive Edge: Mental Preparation for Distance Running, a book that Track and Field News magazine called “the best work on the subject” and “a modern classic.”

Elliott then worked for many years in educational publishing as a textbook editor and technology producer. He returned to coaching from 2008 to 2010 to head the men’s and women’s cross country teams at Dominican University in River Forest, Illinois. He is now a freelance writer and editor.

Elliott lives in Winnetka, Illinois, with his wife and three children.

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Table of Contents

acknowledgments vi

introduction vii

spirit 1

Running George Sheehan 2

Runners Roger Hart 9

One Runner's Beginnings Rachel Toor 14

Seasons Hal Higdon 17

body 21

My Old Buick Don Kardong 22

Machine Leslie Heywood 29

White Men Can't Run Amby Burfoot 34

Evolution of Intelligent Running Ape People Bernd Heinrich 43

mind 57

I Don't Like to Run Long Distances Pam Reed 58

The Outer Limits/Running Into the Abyss Steve Scott Marc Bloom 62

The Bridge Frank Murphy 74

mentor 85

Running for Their Lives Gary Smith 86

Lornah and Her Camp for Girls Lori Shontz 100

The Man Kenny Moore 106

Running With Ghosts Mark Wukas 112

race 117

Four-Minute Mile Roger Bannister 118

Get the Hell Out of My Race and Give Me Those Numbers! Kathrine Switzer 125

Me and Julio Down by the School Yard Marc Bloom 143

The Dream Mile Marty Liquori Skip Myslenski 168

Duel in the Sun John Brant 178

Mary vs. the Soviets Frank Murphy 191

bonds 197

Chasing Justice Kenny Moore 198

The Brotherhood Rich Elliott 209

Someone to Run With Sara Corbett 212

Team Hoyt Starts Again John Brant 219

heart 231

The Battle of a Lifetime Norman Harris 232

Through the Tunnel Joan Benoit Samuelson Sally Baker 238

But Only on Sunday: Ron Clarke Kenny Moore 251

One One-Hundredth of a Second Marla Runyan Sally Jenkins 257

The American Dreamer Dave Kuehls 274

In Pre's Footsteps Don Kardong 283

Toughest Miler Ever Woody Woodburn 289

about the editor 295

biographical notes 296

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Highly Recommended

    Rich Elliot's Runners on Running provides some exciting reading. It's hard to pick a favorite from the stories of the all-time great races -- like Joan Benoit Samuelson's 1984 Olympic Marathon victory, the Liquori vs.Ryun'Dream Mile,'and Roger Bannister's four-minute mile. Meanwhile, the narratives of lesser-known runners, for example, the descriptive account of running buddies who covered 70,000 miles running together over the years, and the chronicle of the first days of running of Rachel Toor are also fascinating. The stories of these famous runners and running writers such as Hal Higdon, George Sheehan, Mark Bloom, and Kathrine Switzer are packed with engaging details about grueling training schedules, the obstacles and injuries in the sport, the idiosyncrasies of some runners, and the rewards of various running lifestyles. Elliot's collection offers stories that can't help but broaden the perspective of the sport for both runners and non-runners, and will introduce readers to the humanitarian aspects so often involved in running.

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  • Posted November 23, 2010

    Highly recommended. You must check it out!

    Runners on Running, a collection of thirty-two essays, will appeal to a much wider audience than distance runners. It will resonate with all those who with grit and passion, heart and spirit, have struggled to reach a goal and found themselves in doing so. As the editor, Rich Elliott, states in the introduction: "It is imagination that fuels the distance runner."
    This anthology celebrates the literature of distance running and the creators of that literature. As the editor points out, world-class runners and master writers have much in common: discipline, patience, hard work, and devotion. Among the writers included are Kenny Moore, Amby Burfoot, Kathrine Switzer, and George Sheehan. Frequently, an essay will linger in the mind long after a first reading. For example, Kenny Moore's "Chasing Justice" describes the lifelong bond Moore and marathoner Mamo Wolde forged when Moore pulled up lame in the Munich Olympic Marathon in 1972. Years later, Moore spearheaded the crusade to free his former competitor, unjustly wasting away in an Ethiopian prison. Moore describes Wolde's death simply and poignantly: "He died peacefully, as befits a marathoner, knowing the rightness of all things physical has an end."
    Like Moore's essay, others in this anthology have outstanding literary merit. For example, savor the lyric beauty and philosophic depth of this passage from George Sheehan's "Running":
    "And there on the roads, I can pursue my perfection for the rest of my days, and finally, as his wife said of Kazantzakis dead at seventy-four, be mowed down in the first flower of my youth.
    "The fight, then, is never with age; it is with boredom, with routine, with the danger of not living at all. Then life will stop, growth will cease, learning will come to an end. You no longer become who you are. You begin to kill time or live it without or purpose. Everything that is happiness, all that is excitement, whatever you know of joy and delight, will evaporate. Life will be reduced to a slow progression of days and weeks and months. Time will become an enemy instead of an ally."
    "When I run, I avoid all this. I enter a world where time stops, where now is a fair sample of eternity."
    Runners on Running will fuel the imagination of its readers. It captures why distance running is not just strenuous but meaningful and transformative.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    "The Best Nonfiction" Lives up to Its Claim

    Runners on Running is a masterpiece of its kind. The editor, Rich Elliott, clearly knows a great deal about the history and legends of his sport, and he possesses a keen eye for top quality writing. This anthology will appeal to runners of all ages and of all skill levels, but it should appeal as well to non-runners who enjoy reading about the trials and triumphs of the human spirit.

    The 32 selections are thoughtfully organized, so that the anthology achieves an orchestrated rhythm. We read Roger Bannister's understated account of his four-minute mile, which ends in glory: "We shared a place where no man had yet ventured--secure for all time." Then we shift to the chaos that greeted Kathrine Switzer's historic run in the hitherto all-male Boston Marathon. Next, we move to a more obscure, but equally memorable race, as Marc Bloom reconstructs one of the great high school relays of American track history. Then we move to two legendary races: the brash Marty Liguori fighting his peerless rival Jim Ryun, and the relatively obscure Dick Beardsley fighting to outpace Alberto Salazar, running at the peak of his career in the 1982 Boston Marathon.

    Yet this is not simply an anthology about the famous and the celebrated. We read about how running can forge bonds, from the friendships that Sara Corbett found while running to the loyalty inspired by coach Jim White in the dusty impoverished town of McFarland, California. And we read about a loving father, Dick Hoyt, whose running began with a 5-mile race where he pushed his son Rick in his wheelchair. In over 30 years since then, father and son have participated in over 200 triathlons and 27 Boston Maratons.

    Simply put, this anthology is a triumph.

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