Running through the Ages

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Throughout most of human history, running was necessary for survival. In present times, it has become an ever-popular way to promote physical fitness. This work takes a close look at the history of running from the era when running was a survival skill to the contemporary age, when people run for enjoyment. Questions such as why the Greeks considered swiftness of foot the most highly prized quality and why we run counterclockwise around a track are answered in this in-depth history that also includes anecdotes ...
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Overview

Throughout most of human history, running was necessary for survival. In present times, it has become an ever-popular way to promote physical fitness. This work takes a close look at the history of running from the era when running was a survival skill to the contemporary age, when people run for enjoyment. Questions such as why the Greeks considered swiftness of foot the most highly prized quality and why we run counterclockwise around a track are answered in this in-depth history that also includes anecdotes and legends about the history and lore of running. The author pays special attention to great runners, both for their performances and for what contemporary sports writers and fellow athletes thought of them

Author Biography: A retired aerospace engineer, Edward S. Sears is an avid runner. He lives in Shawsville, Virginia.

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Editorial Reviews

Athletics Weekly
an informative, enjoyable and completely definitive history of footracing...a sprint through history...crammed with wonderful short stories...magnificent photographs...thorough...great quotes, fascinating stories, superb illustrations...a wonderful jog down memory lane
Road Race Management
the definitive history of man’s urge to run both long and fast...detail[ed]...[an] epic work...many..surprises await readers of this fine book...anyone interested in the evolution of the sport should run to their favorite bookstore—fast
Roanoke Times
provides...compelling biographical information...Sears’ book simply has too much valuable historical and biographical information, revealing illustrations and photographs, good writing and human pathos to deserve anything other than a favorable recommendation to anyone interested in the history of competitive running
Syracuse Post Standard
starts with running by pre-humans 5 million years ago, and ends with a look into the future of running...a valuable historic contribution.
Track Stats
Remarkable...a marvelous collection of rare illustrations...an excellent index and bibliography...a book to treasure...fascinating
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786409716
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 9/15/2001
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 7.00 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
I Running by Pre- and Early Humans (5,000,000-200,000 B.C.) 3
II Running in the Ancient World (2650 B.C.-A.D. 500) 14
III From Running Footmen to Pedestrianism (A.D. 500-1800) 40
IV The Origin of Modern Running (1800-1850) 57
V The Golden Age of the Pros and the Rise of the Amateurs (1850-1900) 80
VI Modern Running Goes Worldwide (1900-1950) 163
VII The Modern Superstars (1950-2000) 232
Epilogue 313
Bibliography 317
Index 323
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2002

    Highly Recommended for all track & running fans!!

    Breaks running down into 7 time periods from I. Running by Pre-and Early Humans (5,000,000-200,000 BC) all the way to VII The Modern Superstars (1950-2000). Covers the history of running spicing in some great biographies within the stories. Learn about the famous 20th century stars like Carl Lewis, Emil Zatopek and Haile Gebresilasie as well as obscure 19th century runners like George Seward, Harry Hutchens and Amy Howard. Details how running began, the ancient Olympics, running naked, improvements in time keeping, all sorts of things that most runners never even think of. Running Through the Ages has great illustrations and excellent writing style. Ed Sears has really done his research. Whether you are a runner or simply a sports fan, I highly recommend this book. Not just track fans but all 'serious' sports fans should pick up a copy of this great work!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2001

    'Running Through the Ages' is a winner

    This is a superb history of running, lavishly illustrated with renderings and photographs, and documented with hundreds of sourcings from both the experts of antiquity and contemporary practitioners who are shaping and defining the sport. A must-have for anybody with a serious interest in running.

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