Running with The Buffaloes: A Season Inside with Mark Wetmore, Adam Goucher, and the University of Colorado Men's Cross-Country Team

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At the outset, the 1998 cross country season appeared to hold magnificent promise for the men of the University of Colorado. With 2000 Olympic hopeful Adam Goucher poised for his first-ever NCAA cross country title and the Buffaloes shooting for their first-ever national team title, it seemed that nothing could stand in the way of their victory. But in the rigorous world of top-level collegiate sports, blind misfortune can sabotage the dreams of individuals and teams alike. Plagued by the onset of numerous ...
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At the outset, the 1998 cross country season appeared to hold magnificent promise for the men of the University of Colorado. With 2000 Olympic hopeful Adam Goucher poised for his first-ever NCAA cross country title and the Buffaloes shooting for their first-ever national team title, it seemed that nothing could stand in the way of their victory. But in the rigorous world of top-level collegiate sports, blind misfortune can sabotage the dreams of individuals and teams alike. Plagued by the onset of numerous injuries and the tragic loss of a beloved teammate, the Buffaloes found themselves challenged in ways they could not have foreseen. What they managed to achieve in the face of such adversity is the stuff of legend and glory. In Running with the Buffaloes, writer Chris Lear follows the University of Colorado cross country team during one unforgettable NCAA season. Through unparalleled access to team practices, private moments with the athletes, and the beliefs and teachings of Mark Wetmore - one of the country's most renowned and enigmatic coaches - Lear provides an unprecedented look a the triumphs and heartaches of a perennial national championship contender and the men who will stop at nothing in their quest for excellence. He captures the lives of these young men and offers a glimpse of what drives a gifted runner like Goucher and an iconoclastic coach like Wetmore. Running with the Buffaloes, is, at once, a celebration of a sport and an inspiration to anyone who has ever had the courage to beat the odds and follow a dream. (6 1/4 x 9 1/4, 280 pages, b&w photos)
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  • ISBN-13: 9781585743285
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 7/28/2001
  • Edition description: 1ST LYONS
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.06 (h) x 1.05 (d)

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  • Posted August 5, 2009

    A real look inside a collegate sports team

    This book chronicles a season with the University of Colorado Men's Cross Country team and their pursuit of the NCAA National Championship. While the events of this book are now nearly ten years ago, the story is still very compelling. Author Chris Lear spent the entire season with the team, including coach Mark Wetmore and All-American Adam Goucher. It is a fascinating read that delves into the personal dynamics of a team made up of individual performances and how the team comes together during the worst kind of adversity during their season. One of the truly enlightening things from a runner's perspective is just how close to the physical edge runners at this level live and train - constantly walking a tightrope between doing everything they can to reach their maximum potential without incurring a season-ending injury. The frustration of poor runs and the exuberance of breakthrough performances exist in the same race. It is a seldom-seen look inside a very tight knit group that doesn't let outsiders in. I recommend it to anyone with an interest in competitive running or sports in general.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2003

    Inspiration and a New Outlook

    Four years ago I graduated college with a degree and three MVPs from the cross country squad. There were times when I looked back and thought, 'man I really worked hard those hot mornings down south.' Little did I know the on the other side of the country the Buffaloes were stampeding through hellish workouts led by a fearless and admiraly dedicated Adam Goucher. This book chronicles the Colorado 98 men's cross country season. It seems monotonous at first with constant descriptions of workouts, but eventually author Chris Lear gives you an intimate look at the dynamic of a cross country team and soon you feel like you are part of the action. There is an ongoing debate as to whether or not cross country is a legitamite team sport because there is so much competition between the individuals who make up the team. After reading this book, the debate will be over for you. I enjoyed the book and use it as a source of inspiration when I m having trouble finding the will to lace up the trainers and hit the road.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 14, 2003

    Any one who loves running will love this book

    It is really amzaing, the depth Mr. Lear got into. You will laugh get depressed and ride the emotional roller coaster with this team. I love the book can't put it down, any true runner will absolutley love this book!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 22, 2002

    an inspiration to anyone who puts their heart in the sport

    A close friend lent me his copy and as soon as i started flipping pages, i was in awe and admiration of each character. it inspired me to do workouts that i otherwise wouldnt have bothered with. ive read it once and im buying my own copy bc i feel that i need another push in the middle of my season. thanks chris!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    gripping drama

    a close friend of mine has a son who runs cross country and raves about this book. I run for the release, nothing more, and thought I'd give this a shot. Glad I did, I never realized how tough those guys are at the top of the sport. Consider me a fan. Hope Lear writes another.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 20, 2002

    an insider's look

    A book for runners, about runners, and *by* a runner. Of parituclar interest is the glimpse into the workings of a tight-knit team of runners. A great book about a great sport, but one which speaks to all athletes of all ages and all skill levels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2002

    best running book ever

    I just heard about this book from a friend and believe it is the best sports book, not just the best running book, I have ever read. I couldn't believe the ups and downs Goucher and the CU team went through to get to the top. Any runner and track fan will love this book. A must-read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2001

    The New Hardback Version

    I had previously bought the paperback version of this book back in the day when it first came out, only to have a friend lose it when I loaned it out. I finally just got the new hard-back version of the book and it is the Bomb-bay! The hardback version is much improved on the paperback in every aspect. For example, in the paperback many of the pictures were grainy and looked like a bad digital camera picture, this is not the case with the hardback. The pictures are placed throughout the book in appropriate locations and look great. Everything about this book looks professional and thus makes the book even more desirable to own. <br> I would recommend the book to anyone that enjoys running, whether recreationally or full-time. Run With the Buffs is such an enjoyable insiders look at what full-time college runners go through at one of the nations best Cross-Country schools.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2001

    A must read for any competative runner

    The book really gets you into the training of one of the country's best teams. It digs into what it takes to be on the top - the pain, the injuries, the long miles and the dedication. It's a fast read because you can't put it down (except to go out on your long run). Lear really clicked with the team and it shows. Great stuff, lots of fun.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 12, 2001

    For running purists

    Written by a runner for runners. This was the first running book I've read that I could barely put down. The only book that has ever quenched my thirst for knowledge about what elite runners go through on a day-to-day basis. In addition, the story itself is touching, and I enjoyed reading about how Goucher and the rest of the Buffaloes successfully dealt with and overcame adversity and tragedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2001

    Fantastic

    This was the best book about runners that I've ever read. It captures the pain and hard work associated with top flight distance running better than anything else, including 'Once a Runner'. It's easily the best book I've read this year.

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    Posted July 27, 2009

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